• AN AFFORDABLE HOUSE
    MAY GROW HARDER TO FIND
    • Soaring home prices and rising interest rates have put the American dream out of reach for many. Simply put, they can't afford the price or save enough money for the down payment.

WILL TRUMP ADMINISTRATION MEAN MORE ANNOYING ROBOCALLS?
Consumer groups have expressed their outrage that the Federal Communications Commission, with a new chair appointed by a president who wants to reduce regulations, could allow more computer-generated phone calls. Illegal robocalls are now the top complaint to the FCC.
 
IDENTITY FRAUD HITS RECORD NUMBER OF AMERICANS IN 2016
Identity thieves, who commit financial fraud with stolen account information, had a banner year in 2016. These fraudsters successfully hit a record 15.4 million Americans and stole $16 billion dollars, according to a new report.
 
MORE THAN 4 BILLION RECORDS WERE STOLEN IN DATA BREACHES LAST YEAR
Cybercriminals are stealing data at an alarming rate. Both the number of breaches and the number of files stolen globally in these hacks rose dramatically to set a new record in 2016. And most of these hack attacks were against American companies and organizations.
 
HOW YOU COULD GET $500 PER CALL FOR THOSE UNWANTED ROBOCALLS SIX
YEARS AGO

Did you get a telemarketing robocall five or six years ago offering a "free cruise" in return for taking a short survey? If you did, and you can prove it, you can get about $500 for each one of those illegal calls. In order to be included in the settlement you have to file a claim by Feb. 1.
 
RANSOMWARE: A $1-BILLION A YEAR CRIME AND GROWING
One of the most dangerous threats on the Internet is expected to get even worse this year – with more victims and more money lost. And yet, most computer users aren’t fully aware of the danger of ransomware and are not prepared to defend their data.
 
CONSUMERS SCORE SOME SIGNIFICANT VICTORIES IN 2016
American consumers had a pretty good year in 2016. The stock market was up, wages were up and inflation remained in check. Some new laws and regulations also gave us added protections and safeguards.
 
FAKE ADULT ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY SUED FOR DECEPTIVE BUSINESS PRACTICES
The Attorney General in Washington state files a consumer protection lawsuit against a Seattle man, charging him with setting up a fake talent agency for adult entertainers in order to trick women into posing nude and having sex with him.
 
STUDY: BANK OVERDRAFTS ARE TOO FREQUENT AND TOO EXPENSIVE
The reports from the Pew Charitable Trusts say expensive overdraft fees have become a "frequent and harmful" practice throughout the banking industry -- even at small banks.
 
RETURNING A GIFT? SOME STORES HAVE TIGHTENED THE RULES
As millions of Americans head back to the stores to return gifts, a few major retailers have altered their previously generous open-ended return policies this year. Here’s a look at the major changes.
 
STUCK ON HOLD? THE WORST OFFENDERS INCLUDE APPLE, AMAZON & SEVERAL AIRLINES
A Canadian company, Fonolo ,tracked every Twitter complaint that included the phrase "on hold with." Based on an analysis of those 600,000 tweets, Fonolo created a list of the worst offenders and some well-known companies made the list.

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