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What Consumers Need To Know About 0% Auto Financing

POSTED: Consumer Fraud ForumDecember 20, 2016 at 11:02 AM / Consumer Tips

‘Tis the season for car commercials. Ad after ad shows brand new cars in driveways with big red bows on top or little kids who ask Santa for cars for their parents.  Oftentimes, those commercials also advertise end-of-year promotions such as 0% interest rates, 72-month terms and up to $2500 cash back.

Should Consumers Purchase Extended Warranties?

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 15, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Consumer Tips

If you’re purchasing any electronics during your holiday shopping, chances are the sales clerk will ask you if you want to buy an extended warranty or service plan. The plans are supposed to provide consumers extra coverage on pricey items beyond the manufacturer’s warranty.

Video: One Credit Card Security Tip That Is Just A Myth

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 6, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Credit Card Fraud, Consumer Tips

With various types of fraud on the rise, experts are constantly recommending various strategies to prevent consumers from becoming victims.  But if writing "See ID" on the back of your credit card is some of the advice you've taken, you should know that it isn't much of a safeguard – the tactic is both...

Video: Understanding Credit Card Agreements

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 18, 2016 at 11:35 AM / Credit Cards, Consumer Tips

When opening up a new credit card, many consumers say they don't bother reading the fine print. In fact, according to CreditCards.com only 26% of consumers say they regularly read their credit card contracts.

The reasons why consumers don't read the agreements are varied, but most people cite two major...

Find Out If You're Eligible For Part Of A Class Action Settlement

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 14, 2016 at 11:20 AM / Class Action, Consumer Tips

Every year, companies pay millions of dollars to settle class action lawsuits.  Covering everything from deceptive advertising to data breaches that result in identity theft, the lawsuits are an important way for companies to right some of their wrongs against consumers.  Unfortunately, however, it seems...

Why You Should Always Read The Fine Print Before Agreeing to 0% Financing

POSTED: William PinilisNovember 2, 2016 at 11:45 AM / Retailers, Contracts, Consumer Tips

They say you should always read the fine print. And perhaps it’s never more important than when agreeing to a deferred-interest payment plan.

10 Mega-Companies Control the Bulk of Food Brands We Buy

POSTED: William PinilisOctober 3, 2016 at 11:14 AM / Food Claims, Consumer Tips

Banks and media companies aren't the only industries that are controlled by a handful of mega corporations. It turns out the food industry is no different.

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.

Does Your Car Perform Better on Premium Gasoline?

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 27, 2016 at 11:22 AM / Consumer News, Consumer Tips

The American Automobile Association has a message for America’s drivers: Stop wasting money on premium gasoline if your car doesn’t need it!

Is Now the Right Time To Buy a New Car?

POSTED: William PinilisSeptember 2, 2016 at 12:10 PM / Consumer News, Consumer Tips

According to our friends at WalletHub, Labor Day weekend is a great time for car dealerships. In fact, it's one of the busiest car-buying weekends of the year.

If you're one of the millions of consumers who will be shopping for a car this weekend, make sure to do your homework and check out ...

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