(Chris Blakeley)

Operators Of “Free Access To Credit Scores” Scam To Return $22M To Victims

Consumers looking for a good deal might be tempted to take unknown companies up on their offer of providing credit scores for free. But those promises can often be too good to be true. Just ask consumers bilked out of millions of dollars after falling for once such “deal”. [More]

(I Am Rob)

NHTSA Pushes For National Recall Of Takata Airbags

In the past year, nearly 10 million vehicles have been recalled in areas of high humidity – generally the southern United States – related to defective Takata-produced airbags. That number could increase significantly now that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has urged the Japanese auto parts maker and car manufacturers to expand the recall to cover the entire United States. [More]

(Alan Bruce)

Authorities Arrest Owner, Six Employees Of Debt Collection Group That Scammed $4.1M From Consumers

We’re no stranger to the shady tactics that debt collection companies use to pry money from consumers. But the latest scam to be shut down by U.S. authorities might be one of the most egregious we’ve ever seen. [More]

(Ken Fager)

Pabst Blue Ribbon Remains American, Wasn’t Actually Purchased By Russian Brewing Company

Back in September it was widely reported that Pabst Blue Ribbon would become a little less American after its parent company was purchased by a Russian beverage company. Only that was never actually the case. [More]

(David Renteria)

One Year After Jeep Recall, Repairs Still Difficult To Obtain

Despite Chrysler’s promise earlier this year to ramp-up efforts to fix more than a million Jeeps recalled over a year ago, consumers continue to report issues with obtaining the needed repairs. [More]

Target's updated app allows customers to see if items are available at local stores and where to find them inside the store.

Target App Now Tells You If Items Are Available In-Store And Where To Find Them

Have you ever made a shopping list, driven to the store and then realized they were out of certain items? Apparently, Target has an answer to that frustrating experience in the form of an app update that can tell consumers what’s in stock and where to find those items inside the store. [More]

(David Transier)

Delta Air Lines Takes Page From Spirit & Frontier, Offers No-Frills Ticketing Option

Is Delta Air Lines gunning for a piece of the bare-bones ticket business other “low-cost” carriers like Frontier and Spirit offer? It sure looks that way after the airline unveiled plans to expand its stripped-down fare option. [More]

(Eric Norris)

Marriott, Hilton Revise Policies To Add Penalty Fee For Last-Minute Reservation Cancellations

Consumers used to having the ability to make hotel cancellations the day of arrival for free had better get their wallets out next time they try to do so at Hilton or Marriott hotels. The two chains are apparently taking a lesson from the airline industry and implementing a fee for last-minute reservation cancellations. [More]

Snapchat unveiled a new service in partnership with Square that allows users to transfer funds to friends.

Snapchat’s New Snapcash Service Allows Users To Send Money To Friends

Over the last year Snapchat has evolved from a system that allows users to communicate through photos that self-destruct after 10 seconds, to a full on chat messaging system that flashed pictures and videos for 10 seconds at a time. Now the social sharing app, which has been the target of numerous security hacks, is offering a new service: Payment transfers between users’ bank accounts. [More]

TRUSTe To Pay $200K Fine In Settlement With FTC Over Allegations It Deceived Consumers

TRUSTe To Pay $200K Fine In Settlement With FTC Over Allegations It Deceived Consumers

In this day and age where a new security breach is announced every other week, some consumers may be reassured that their web surfing is secure after seeing a TRUSTe certificate plastered on the bottom of a web page. But we’re finding out that’s not always the case, as the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with TRUSTe over allegations it deceived consumers about its recertification program for companies’ privacy practices. [More]

A conceptual image of a Link located in Brooklyn. via LinkNYC

New $200 Million Plan Aims To Replace New York City Pay Phones With Super-Fast Public Wi-Fi Hubs

A new, ambitious $200 million plan aims to connect residents of New York City’s five boroughs to free, fast public Wi-Fi by replacing the city’s old pay phones with high-tech hubs. [More]

(Adam Fagen)

United Airlines Now Allowing Frequent-Fliers To Use Miles For Food, Other Purchases At Newark Airport

If you find yourself short on cash, but flush with United Airlines frequent-flier miles at Newark Liberty International Airport, you don’t have to forego that bottle of water after all. The airline now lets travelers use their precious miles for purchases such as food, drink and other items in the airport’s soon-to-be revamped Terminal C. [More]

(Rubey_Kay)

Hellmann’s Maker Revamps Website Amid Lawsuit, Calling Some Products “Mayonnaise Dressing,” Not Mayonnaise

Less than a week after it was first reported that Unilever, the parent company for Hellmann’s mayonnaise, filed a lawsuit against a California-based Hampton Creek for false advertising over the company’s use of the word “mayo” in its eggless sandwich spread’s name, the larger company is reportedly covering its tracks, making sure its own use of the term is above-board by tweaking its website. [More]

(pjpink)

Ford Expands Ranger Recall By Nearly 10,000 Trucks Over Takata Airbag Defect

The number of vehicles affected by potentially defective Takata airbags continues to grow. This time it comes from Ford, with the manufacturer expanding its previous recall regarding the Ranger pickup truck, bringing the total number of affected trucks to 23,713. [More]

(Donkey Hotey)

69% Of 2013 College Graduates Left With A Degree And An Average Student Loan Debt Of $28,400

By now we are well aware that college tuition continues to rise and consumers continue to take out hefty student loans to meet those growing costs. So it should come with relatively little surprise that the average debt graduates leave college with remains high; this year with an average of $28,400. [More]

(Louis Abate)

GM Extends Claim Submission Deadline To January 31 For Ignition Switch Victims

With the deadline for submitting ignition switch related injuries and deaths for consideration under the General Motors’ Victim Compensation Plan a little more than a month away and thousands of consumers still waiting to be notified, officials with the car company have extended the deadline to January 31. [More]

Pew researchers analyzed 10 key elements of remote deposit services. [click to enlarge]

Report: Many Banks And Prepaid Companies Lack Clear Disclosures For Smartphone Deposit Services

Some days, driving to the bank or searching for the right ATM, seems like too much effort to deposit a single check. Over the past few years time-crunched consumers have found some relief in the form of banks offering the ability to remotely deposit checks with a smartphone. While the technology may be convenient, a new report found certain drawback to the program, including poorly disclosed terms and conditions. [More]

(Joshua Leners)

Former Freelancer Sues Google For Overtime, Pay Violations

It’s not uncommon for employees and contractors to bring lawsuits against their employers for unpaid wages. One such suit was filed earlier this week by a former freelance worker claiming that Google didn’t pay overtime, improperly classified him as an independent contractor and terminated his contract after he asked for more hours. [More]