Consumer Tips

How to find mistakes on your credit report

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Mistakes on your credit report can cause a whole host of problems.

Children's pajamas don't always meet flammability standards

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
Monday, March 14, 2022

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces safety standards nationally. One standard designed to give caregivers peace of mind is the national flammability standard for children’s sleepwear.

There are two requirements for the standard: 

  • Sleepwear must be made of flame-resistant material;

Buy Now Pay Later plans: Tips to avoid the pitfalls

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

These short-term installment plans are filled with landmines. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these "deals."

Buy Now, Pay Later plans: Tips to avoid the pitfalls

By Hannah Rhodes and Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog team

Complaints are soaring about the “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing schemes that businesses increasingly are offering as an alternative to up-front payments in full. Consumers making purchases as small as $50 online are often offered these payment plans, which can turn into debt traps. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”

 

Dark patterns: A step-by-step guide to protect your privacy on your phone

By | Isabel Brown
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Dark patterns are one way apps and websites steer consumers into making the choice that’s right for the app or website but wrong for the consumer.

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Dark Patterns: A step-by-step guide to protect your privacy on your phone

Apps and social media are a part of everyday life. They help us stay connected to the world around us. But it can be easy to overlook the risk involved with making personal information accessible online, especially when that information can be recorded, bought and sold by the companies running the apps.

Counterfeit products are everywhere; here are tips to avoid buying any of them online

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
March 11, 2022

When we think of counterfeits, we often think of luxury products like bags or shoes. But counterfeits have crept into every type of product, with government officials finding counterfeit pharmaceuticals, hygiene products and children’s products.

Buy Now Pay Later plans: Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls

By Hannah Rhodes and Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog team

Complaints are soaring about the “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing schemes that businesses increasingly are offering as an alternative to up-front payments in full. Consumers making purchases as small as $50 online are often offered these payment plans, which can turn into debt traps. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”

Consumer complaints to CFPB hit another record; credit report problems top the list

March 7, 2022

Complaints filed with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hit another record in 2021, led by issues with credit reports.

Analyzing CFPB complaints is one of the ways that U.S. PIRG Education Fund keeps a pulse on issues consumers are most concerned about.

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