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LOSSES TO PHONE FRAUD ARE STAGGERING - A new survey finds that 17 million Americans lost $8.6 billion to phone fraud in the last year. Here's how to fight back.
CUSTOMERS LESS SATISFIED WITH AUTOMAKERS - Both foreign and domestic manufacturers score lower in this new survey, including many luxury nameplates.
NEW TECHNOLOGY MAY STOP ATM SKIMMING FRAUD - ATM manufacturer Diebold has developed technology it claims will stop card skimming, the most common type of ATM fraud.
BEWARE OF PENSION ADVANCE SERVICES - If you need the cash, a lump-sum payment is mighty appealing, but this is a very expensive way to get a loan.
YOUR DOG NEEDS EXERCISE, TOO!
Do you have a plump pooch? Maybe your dog needs to join a gym.
MOBILE DEPOSITS COULD SLOW DOWN ACCESS TO YOUR MONEY - Using a mobile banking app is quick and convenient, but it could delay access to those funds by a week or more at some financial institutions.
WILL CALIFORNIA REQUIRE SMARTPHONES TO HAVE A KILL SWITCH? - CA lawmakers passed a bill requiring new smartphones to come with technology that enables the owner to lock the phone if it is lost or stolen. 
BANKS DO POORLY IN SECRET SHOPPER INVESTIGATION - Consumer groups sent mystery shoppers into dozens of banks to ask out about overdraft protection. What they were told was often confusing and sometimes inaccurate.
THE ROBOTS ARE COMING - Will these smart machines take the place of human workers? Tech experts make their predictions.
GET YOUR PAYCHECK WHEN YOU WANT IT - A new App lets you get part of your paycheck before pay day and you pay as much as your want – or nothing – for the service.

 
SHOW #21 (August 23, 2014) - Heart disease & depression. Also: How Smart911 could save your life, the downside of debit cards on college campuses, a warning about pension advance services and why we love cat videos.
SHOW #20 (August 16, 2014) - How to save on health care costs. Also: confusion about overdraft protection on debit cards, how to spot and avoid investment scams, obesity in pets and Consumer Reports rates the Amazon Fire smartphone.
SHOW #19 (August 9, 2014) - SPECIAL REPORT: America's fatal addiction to pain pills. Also: Simple ways to save on auto insurance, how to spot and avoid time share scams and a look at pet vaccines and how often your dog or cats needs a shot.
SHOW #18 (August 2, 2014) - NATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY: Skin cancer cases increase. Also: Top 10 consumer gripes, are we making smart long-term investments, AARP on avoiding investment scams & the potential risks of serving your pet raw food
SHOW #17 (JULY 26, 2014) - Where should you go for heart surgery? Also: Avoiding a mortgage relief scam, insurance for college students, the government agency trying to bring fairness to the financial marketplace and the benefits of adopting a mutt.
SHOW #16 (JULY 19, 2014) - Handling the purchase no one wants to make. Also: Comcast Customer Service call gone viral, simple ways to boost your car’s mileage, possible health risks of energy drinks, and a local blood bank for dogs/cats.
SHOW #15 (JULY 12, 2014) - Are there long-term health effects from smoking marijuana? Also: how moving can hurt your credit score, problems with long-term auto loans, beware of foreign lottery scams and a new anti-itch drug for dogs.
SHOW #14 (JULY 5, 2014) - BBQ grilling tips/food safety when eating outdoors, national restaurant chain ratings, student loan crisis many be hurting the economy, why pet harnesses may be better than a leash, and getting better fuel economy.
SHOW #13 (JUNE 28, 2014) - Kitchen remodeling tips from Consumer Reports,  kids and concussions, how to find a good auto repair shop, help your pet deal with fireworks and tips on tipping.
SHOW #12 (JUNE 21, 2014) - THE BRAIN SHOW - This special show will help families learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and how to help family members dealing with dementia.


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