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Do You Know How You Can Minimize Your Risk Of Falling Victim to Identity Theft! Read My Guide On How To Protect Yourself From Getting Your Identity Stolen

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 5, 2017 at 3:37 PM / Consumer Protection

Many Companies Need To Focus On Cybersecurity

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 6, 2017 at 1:53 PM / Consumer Protection

Cybersecurity has been in the headlines lately especially with the Equifax breach that occurred earlier this year. Most people do not think that their personal data is at risk but this breach should be a reminder that the world depends on critical systems, networks and data repositories, which might not be...

CFPB Issues New Protections For Prepaid Credit Card Users

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 1, 2016 at 11:35 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Protection, Credit Cards

The prepaid credit card business is booming. A Pew Charitable Trust study estimates that 23 million American adults currently use the cards and volume has increased from $20 billion in 2003 to over $300 billion last year.

Spotify Ads Infected Users' Devices With Malware

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 6, 2016 at 12:50 PM / Consumer Protection

They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And non-premium Spotify users recently learned that painful lesson first hand.

7 Easy Ways to Protect Your Personal Data Online

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 29, 2016 at 11:11 AM / Identity theft, Consumer Protection, Cybercrime, Consumer Tips

From Colin Powell’s emails leak to the hack of the Democratic National Convention’s servers, it’s clear that no one is safe from digital break-ins. That said, there are still things you can do to protect your personal information while online.

Deleting Your Personal Data Isn't Enough to Keep It Safe

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 23, 2016 at 11:22 AM / Identity theft, Consumer Protection

Thinking about selling or recycling your old cellphone or computer? Then you want to make sure that you wipe it clean to reduce the risk of your personal data falling into the wrong hands.

But it turns out that deleting your personal data is much harder than you think – just hitting the delete button won't...

Congress Wants Big Pharma To Justify Price Increases

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 22, 2016 at 11:15 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Protection

Congress may finally be stepping up to Big Pharma thanks to the controversy surrounding Mylan Pharmaceuticals’ Epi-Pen.  New legislation was introduced last week meant to address skyrocketing drug prices by requiring more transparency.

Wells Fargo To Pay $185M In Fines For Years of Harm to Consumers

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 9, 2016 at 9:35 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Protection, Banking

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has fined Wells Fargo Bank 100 million dollars after it was discovered that employees were secretly opening customer accounts. 

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.

CFPB Celebrates Five Years of Standing Up for Consumers

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors five years ago today. The agency was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis – part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

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