Consumer Tips

How to spot fake online reviews

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With the overwhelming number of reviews found both on website listings and social media, we pulled together the best tips to spot fake reviews when shopping online.

How to spot fake online reviews

Oct. 14, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

On Oct. 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put hundreds of companies nationwide on notice that if they use fabricated endorsements to deceive consumers, they could face financial penalties up to $43,793 per violation.  

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Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to avoid used cars with flood damage

Oct. 14, 2021

By Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

This year is bringing us devastating flooding in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, flooding is occurring more often with the increase in big storms and hurricanes caused by global warming. Just last week, a storm carrying torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Alabama after up to seven inches of rain fell in a few hours.

Post office slowdown: How to cope with new delays in our mail delivery

Oct. 1, 2021
By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog 

The U.S. Postal Service will slow down our mail delivery even more, starting Oct. 1. Top line: Nearly half of first-class mail will take longer to get to its destination. And post office hours will be cut. It’s part of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s 10-year plan to make the postal service more efficient. Oh joy. 

This means everything from bills to birthday cards will arrive later in our mailboxes. And credit card and loan payments, RSVPs and government forms we send will take longer too. 

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Statement: New congressional report paints scary picture of toxic metals in baby food

A congressional report released Wednesday found the problem of toxic heavy metals in baby food is even worse than many suspected.

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STATEMENT: Boppy Co. recalls more than 3 million newborn loungers after eight babies died

A year after the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) warned parents not to use nursing pillows and loungers for infant sleep, the CPSC and The Boppy Co. announced a recall Thursday of 3.3 million newborn loungers.

Poison control centers have probed 15,000 cases with kids and hand sanitizer in 2021

Sept. 23, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

Hand sanitizer can be a great help to parents. It doesn’t replace hand washing, but it's useful in times of need — when a child is at school or in a car. While hand sanitizer can be beneficial in those situations, parents need to be aware of the danger of alcohol poisoning in children who are exposed to hand sanitizer, especially if they swallow it. 

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Make the ringing stop

Research by PIRG Education Fund shows that among 49 of the largest phone companies nationwide (those that can serve 1 million or more), only 16 have reported to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that they have completely implemented anti-robocall technology. What does this mean? It means the industry isn’t doing nearly as much as hoped to fight the crime that for years has caused so much heartache and aggravation among consumers nationwide.

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