Scammy Used Car Dealer Also Employed By IRS

Scammy Used Car Dealer Also Employed By IRS

The owner of a former used car dealership in Arizona that admitted to defrauding dozens of customers just so happens to also be a long-time employee of the federal government, helping consumers with financial issues through an IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center.  [More]

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Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney, Others To Pay $1.3M For Trying To Pass Off Rayon As “Bamboo”

Four national retailers will be paying a hefty tab at the register after federal regulators say they continued to deceptively mislabel rayon products as “bamboo,” despite being warned five years ago that this practice violated the law. [More]

Steven Depolo

Regulators Take Action Against Online Lender For Deceiving Borrowers On Default Charges

When a company’s name has the word “integrity” in it, you may assume it’s a wholesome, truthful operation forthcoming with information that its customers would find beneficial. That apparently wasn’t the case with Integrity Advance, as federal regulators accused the short-term online lender of deceiving borrowers about the true cost of its loans.  [More]

Lawsuit Says Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Products Are Dishonest About “Natural” Claims

Lawsuit Says Jessica Alba’s Honest Company Products Are Dishonest About “Natural” Claims

The Honest Company, co-founded by actress Jessica Alba, built its billion-dollar reputation on the fact that its products are created using natural, nontoxic elements. But a newly filed class-action lawsuit claims the company hasn’t been as honest as its name would lead one to believe, accusing the organization of deceiving consumers by selling items that actually contain unnatural and ineffective ingredients. [More]

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CFPB Returned $19.4M To 92,000 Consumers In The Last Half Of 2014

Each year the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau supervisory examiners hold hundreds of companies accountable for violations of fair lending and debt collection rules. During the last half of 2014, those actions resulted in the return of $19.4 million to more than 92,000 consumers, according to a new report from the agency. [More]

Sign Up For MSN Internet At Best Buy? You Could Get
$75

Sign Up For MSN Internet At Best Buy? You Could Get $75

If you signed up for MSN Internet at Best Buy between 1999 and 2004, you could be entitled to up to $75.

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BJ's Wholesale Ordered To Give Refunds For Deceptive Coupons

BJ's Wholesale Ordered To Give Refunds For Deceptive Coupons

The Maryland AG’s office says that BJ’s Wholesale Club charged customers for items that were supposed to be free. Naughty!

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Group Critical Of Baby Einstein DVDs Gets Evicted, Blames
Disney

Group Critical Of Baby Einstein DVDs Gets Evicted, Blames Disney

The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) was the group responsible for pressuring Disney into offering refunds on Baby Einstein DVDs last October. Now the CCFC says Disney threatened the mental health center where the group had offices, and consequently the center booted them out in January.

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Consumer Reports And New York Times Ask Why There's So Much Air In Packages

Consumer Reports And New York Times Ask Why There's So Much Air In Packages

Padding chip bags with air is a pretty well-understood practice by now–supposedly it helps prevent the chips from being crushed. But what’s the purpose of similar packaging tricks in frozen fish, or boxes of instant rice? After a recent Consumer Reports article questioned the amount of air in packages at the grocery store, New York Times reporter Andrew Adam Newman asked two of the manufacturers for an explanation.

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Walmart: Want The Online Price? You Must Wait Two Weeks For No Reason

Walmart: Want The Online Price? You Must Wait Two Weeks For No Reason

Lloyd wanted a GPS to guide him on his vacation, so to make sure he’d have it in time, and the best deal he could find was online at Walmart. Verifying that the item was in stock, he headed to his nearby store, hoping to pick it up and be on his way.

DISH Network Will Pay $5.9 Million Back To Customers

DISH Network Will Pay $5.9 Million Back To Customers

In 2006, five states launched an investigation into DISH Network‘s crummy sales practices after hundreds of complaints from consumers. Now the company has agreed to pay $5.9 million to 46 states in a settlement announced today—and at least some of that money is earmarked for DISH customers.

Acai Berry Drink Company Agrees To Give $350k Back To Bilked Customers

Acai Berry Drink Company Agrees To Give $350k Back To Bilked Customers

One of the acai berry’s most miraculous powers is its ability to filch hundreds of dollars from consumers who are seeking new ways to lose weight and live forever. Now one company known for marketing an acai elixir has settled a lawsuit from the Arizona Attorney General over charges of deceptive practices.

United, US Airways Bill Higher Baggage Fee As A Way To Save. Huh?

United, US Airways Bill Higher Baggage Fee As A Way To Save. Huh?

United and US Airways will soon charge an extra $5 to check bags at the airport, charging $20 for the first bag and $30 for the second. Since it will still cost $15 and $25 respectively to pay for checked bags online, United thinks they can herald the chance to “prepay & save!,” while US Airways boasts that they now have a “lower fee online!”

In Which My Father Ejects Door-To-Door Gas Salesmen From His Property, Has Lunch

In Which My Father Ejects Door-To-Door Gas Salesmen From His Property, Has Lunch

Apparently, Chicagoland is under siege by door-to-door salespeople from “the gas company” who want to “see your gas bill.” My father, Edgar, demonstrates his technique for tossing them out of the house.

Computer Store Ad Uses Picture Of New MacBook Pro To Sell Old Ones

Computer Store Ad Uses Picture Of New MacBook Pro To Sell Old Ones

Andrew sent us this picture of a CampusTechShop ad that he says is all over his college campus. The ad trumpets reduced prices on the previous edition of MacBook Pro, then illustrates it with a picture of the new MacBook Pro.

Toys "R" Us Unable To Explain Why "All Video Games" Means "Some Video Games"

Toys "R" Us Unable To Explain Why "All Video Games" Means "Some Video Games"

Toys “R” Us is not doing a very good job of explaining why an ad advertising a special that applies to “ALL Video Games $19.99 or less” only applies to some video games that are “$19.99 or less.” Reader Laura says that not only are they unable to explain how “ALL” means “some,” they aren’t able to understand why she is upset.

Couple Can't Get Rid Of Cellphones No Matter What They Do

Couple Can't Get Rid Of Cellphones No Matter What They Do

The sales rep did his song and dance and insisted that I test out the phone service for 2 weeks. I said no a few times but he wouldn’t hear it. Well, he gave me 2 phones and 2 phone numbers. No credit check, no money whatsoever. I walked out of the store with 2 free phones and some paper work.