Category Archives: Consumer Alert

What you should know about the IRS using private collectors

If you have debt with the IRS that’s more than two years old, you may soon get a letter from the agency that your account is being transferred to a private debt collector.

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Alleged ringleader of IRS scam arrested

Police in India have arrested who they believe to be the ringleader of a network of IRS call centers that allegedly tricked Americans out of millions of dollars. According to CNN, Sagar Thakkar, 24, was detained in Mumbai after arriving on … Continue reading

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New federal law prohibits contracts that ban consumers from writing a negative review

A new federal law signed this past December will protect a consumer’s right to complain online and a write a negative review on a company.

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Recall issued for Xbox One battery chargers

Close to 121,000 Xbox One video game controller battery chargers are being recalled due to a burn hazard.

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US agency launches investigation into Dodge Durango SUVs and Ram pickups

An estimated one million Fiat Chrysler produced vehicles are under investigation after reports of vehicles rolling away when consumers shifted their transmission to park.

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Protection from Zika? Not so fast says FTC

With all the news around the globe regarding the Zika virus, some companies seemed to have tried to convince consumers their products can offer protection. However, earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission sent  10 warning letters to online marketers … Continue reading

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Homeland Security urges Windows users to uninstall QuickTime

The Department of Homeland Security has advised Window users to uninstall Apple’s QuickTime program after two bugs were found in the software. The government agency announcement was prompted by a blog post by security firm Trend Micro. Their Zero Day Initiative … Continue reading

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FTC warns against new twist of tech-support scam

The Federal Trade Commission is warning the public on a new twist to the tech-support scam that tries to gain access to your computer by alleging to fix a computer virus. In this new version, the FTC claims consumers are … Continue reading

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Bank tellers increasingly involved in identity theft

We trust them with our most sensitive information, but law enforcement in New York says more and more of them are involved with identity theft. According to a Good Morning America news article, bank tellers are becoming increasingly involved in … Continue reading

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What is a scam & how do I spot one?

What is a scam? We’ve all heard someone say they have been scammed or believed someone was trying to scam them. But what does that mean? A scam is defined as a dishonest scheme or fraud. Essentially, someone trying to … Continue reading

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