Help! I didn’t know there was a penalty for not having insurance

If you didn’t realize there was a penalty for not having insurance in 2014 until you did your taxes this year and want to avoid paying a penalty again next year, you can still sign up for health insurance in most states. You’ll have to pay any penalty you may owe for not having insurance […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Monday, March 9th, 2015 | Comments Off

Consumers Value Fuel Economy Even in Times of Falling Gas Prices

It may be frigid throughout regions in the U.S., but gas prices are ticking back up because refineries are holding back capacity in advance of the return to summer blends of gasoline and increased driving that warmer weather will bring. Fortunately, lower gas prices haven’t lulled most consumers into wasting fuel and money.  Consumer Reports’ […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

Identity monitoring isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Target. Home Depot. UPS. With the recent rash of data breaches, millions of consumers have had their personal and financial information compromised. After a data breach, consumers may turn to companies that promise they can “safeguard your finances, credit and good name.” But we think their advertising doesn’t tell you the whole truth about how […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 | Comments Off

News: FCC Fines Robocall Company

The FCC dropped a $25,000 fine on the robocall company Message Communications, Inc for: “[O]bstruction of an Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigation into the Company’s compliance with the Communications Act and our rules relating to the practice of making calls using artificial or prerecorded voice messages—“robocalling”. Robocalls may be made to consumers cell phones only if the consumer has […]

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Posted by Tim Marvin on Monday, February 9th, 2015 | 8 Comments »

New video counsels consumers to “just say no” to payday loans

Payday loan advertisements often make them sound like a great deal — offering instant cash to consumers who need help covering their bills before their next payday. But the ads don’t tell you that these toxic payday loans are extremely expensive. It’s rare that a consumer is able to pay back the loan right away. […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 | Comments Off

The Real “Hidden Gas Tax”

It’s funny that when sudden spikes in gasoline prices line oil company’s pockets at the expense of consumers, it’s nothing but crickets from the industry.  However, when these same oil companies are expected to lower their pollution emissions through longstanding planned state regulations, suddenly they claim to care about low-income customers and shout that these […]

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Posted by Shannon Baker-Branstetter on Thursday, February 5th, 2015 | Comments Off

Consumers to CU: We’re ready to move forward on robocalls!

We put out a call to the grassroots to fight back against illegal robocalls — and thousands of you answered that call. We’re primed to fight back against unwanted robocalls. The constant stream of illegal telemarketing calls — many of them from scammers trying to make a quick buck — have motivated consumers to speak […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 | 21 Comments »

FTC takes a stand against illegal robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has weighed in: telephone carriers can do more to stop robocalls! Over 200 million consumers have signed up for the federal Do Not Call list, but many of them continue to be disturbed by incessant robocalls. That’s why we’re elated that the FTC is taking a stand. In comments submitted to […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 | 16 Comments »

Thinking About a Reverse Mortgage? Californians Get New Protections in 2015

Wondering if a reverse mortgage is right for you?  Reverse mortgages are home loans that allow eligible homeowners, 62 years of age or older, to tap into their home equity. While that friendly reverse mortgage salesperson can be helpful, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says you should not rely only on advice you get […]

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Posted by Norma Garcia on Friday, January 23rd, 2015 | Comments Off

Good news for victims of “Rachel from Cardholder Services” scam

How many times have you picked up the phone, only to find “Rachel from Cardholder Services” on the other end? We bet you’ve spoken to her more times than you’d like to admit. Rachel is part of a scam to steal your money. Her recorded voice offers to lower your credit card interest rates – […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Tuesday, January 20th, 2015 | 2 Comments »

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