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Californians: It’s that time of year again

Dreading shopping for health insurance? You’re not alone – research shows most people do. But picking the right health insurance plan for your or your family could be the most important decision you make this year – healthcare is the second biggest expense, after housing, for most families. Open enrollment this year is November 15th, […]

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Posted by Geraldine Slevin on Friday, November 14th, 2014 | No Comments »


Meet Consumers Union experts at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair

Join us this Sunday as Consumers Union anti-scam experts Maureen Mahoney and Christina Tetreault table at the Art of Financial Well-Being Resource Fair. This free event is at San Francisco’s Jewish Community Center (JCCSF, located at 3200 California Street in San Francisco) from 11 to 3. Find out how to avoid “Gimmicks and Gotchas.” We’ve […]

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Posted by Christina Tetreault on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | No Comments »


Deputy Treasury Secretary calls for better student loan servicing

Student loan borrowers know all too well how tough it can be to get information or resolve issues with servicers that manage their loans after they leave school. Turns out, the Treasury Department is listening. In a speech given last week at the annual National Consumer Law Center conference, Deputy Treasury Secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | No Comments »


Consumer Reports Releases 2014 Prepaid Card Ratings

Prepaid cards have rapidly become essential plastic. General purpose reloadable prepaid cards look and work like bank debit cards except no bank is required. Moreover, prepaid cards do not come with the federal consumer protections that consumers with bank debit cards enjoy. But consumers are choosing prepaid cards in ever growing numbers. Today, these cards are […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 | No Comments »


Debt Collectors Descend Upon Seniors–Thousands Complain to the CFPB

It seems like seniors are constantly being bombarded by products and practices that try to separate them from their money.  If it’s not another pitch for a reverse mortgage or an insurance product they might not need, it could be a phony debt collector trying to scare someone into paying for a debt they do […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 | No Comments »


AmEx Initiative Is Trying To Make Mobile Payments More Secure

American Express today announced the creation of American Express Token Service, to help card issuers, retailers and others in payments to support tokenization, a more secure mobile payment technology. In payments, a token is a bunch of numbers that stand in for a consumer’s payment account information. When tokenization is in place, the token – […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Tuesday, November 4th, 2014 | No Comments »


This Halloween: Unmask Your Meat

There’s a dirty little secret the meat industry would rather keep you in the dark about.   While the World Health Organization, CDC and nearly every other major public health group is calling antibiotic resistance one of the scariest health crises of our time, the vast majority of antibiotics in the US – eighty percent! […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Friday, October 31st, 2014 | No Comments »


Protect yourself by dodging credit repair gotchas

If you’re thinking about hiring a credit repair company to get your credit in shape, remember, these organizations aren’t always legitimate. Last summer alone, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on at least two credit repair companies for bilking consumers out of thousands of dollars. In June, the  credit repair company RMCN Credit […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | No Comments »


Worried about elder financial exploitation? Strong planning can help!

Elder financial abuse — when anyone takes or otherwise misuses the property of a senior citizen — is a surprisingly common problem. While financial abuse is often committed by people close to the victims, it is also committed by strangers as well, like scammers and rip-off artists. Seniors are frequently seen as desirable targets because of […]

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Posted by Maureen Mahoney on Friday, October 24th, 2014 | No Comments »


2,000 medical professionals ask Trader Joe’s: no more meat on antibiotics

A special message was delivered today to Trader Joe’s headquarters in Monrovia, CA from 2000 medical professionals from across the country: We write with an urgent request for Trader Joe’s to be a proactive leader in the fight to preserve our antibiotics, and end the sale of meat from livestock producers that routinely and inappropriately […]

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Posted by Consumers Union on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »


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