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EpiPen Price Increase Is A Major Problem For Allergy Sufferers

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 23, 2016 at 12:12 PM / Consumer News

You may have seen the commercials. A teenage girl goes into anaphylactic shock at a party after eating a brownie that contains peanut butter.  Her friends crowd around her as she falls to the floor and a narrator explains that allergic reactions send someone to a hospital every six minutes. That same...

Survey: 17,000 Babies Hurt in Strollers and Carriers Annually

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 22, 2016 at 11:33 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Safety

Strollers and baby carriers are essential for keeping babies safe while on the go, but if used improperly, they can send little ones right to the emergency room.

Video: Does Your Sunscreen Meet Its SPF Claims?

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 19, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Products

With August quickly drawing to a close, many of us are doing all we can to take advantage of the last of the summer sunshine. As such, the American Academy of Dermatology reminds us that we should wear sunscreen anytime we're outside – regardless of age, gender or race.

Sunscreens have sun protection...

Are You Saving Enough for Healthcare Costs in Retirement?

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 18, 2016 at 12:17 PM / Consumer News, Retirement

Many Americans don’t put a lot of thought towards what their medical costs will be once they retire, figuring Medicare will cover most of them. But a new report from Fidelity Investments suggests that it’s time to start.  The group says that the average couple will need more than a quarter of a million...

Prevent Credit Card Fraud By Looking Out For ATM Skimmers

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM / Consumer Protection, Credit Card Fraud, Credit Cards

Yesterday, we told you about a major increase in scams involving the use of ATM skimmers. Criminals install the devices into ATMs, gas pumps and other point-of-sale devices to steal credit and debit card information from unsuspecting customers.

Video: Watch Out for ATM Skimmer Scams

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 16, 2016 at 12:03 PM / Credit Card Fraud, Credit Cards, Consumer Tips

Fraudsters have made off with an estimated 3 billion dollars worldwide with the help of credit card skimmers – devices fitted over ATMs, gas pumps and other card readers that steal important information from credit and debit cards. 

Experts Say Consumers May Experience More Airline Outages

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 15, 2016 at 11:37 AM / Consumer News

Delta recently made headlines when a system outage forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. Southwest faced a similar issue, leading them to cancel more than 2,000 flights after a router in one of its data centers failed. Hundreds of thousands of passengers were stranded as a result and experts say...

Lower Your Cable Bill by Cutting the Cord

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 12, 2016 at 12:12 PM / Consumer News, Consumer Tips

Surveys continually show that consumers are dissatisfied with their cable providers. In fact, according to MarketWatch, Americans dislike cable companies more than any other industry in the nation and Consumer Reports found that the biggest providers, like Comcast and Time Warner, are among the bottom...

AT&T Fined Millions for Billing Scam

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM / Fraud, Consumer News

The Federal Communications Commission has ordered AT&T to pay $7.75 million in refunds and fines for allowing third-party charges for a sham directory-assistance service on its customers’ telephone bills. The fraud was uncovered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration during an investigation into an...

IRS Warns Consumers to Watchout for Scams This Summer

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 10, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Fraud, IRS Scams, Scams

Tax season may be over, but the Internal Revenue Service says the scams are just getting started.

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