Consumer Tips

Man lost $124,000 in Amazon scam. Here are 10 ways to keep it from happening to you

June 17, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

In the last few weeks, two residents from Greater Cleveland have been ripped off for thousands of dollars by con-artists claiming to be from Amazon. In one case, an elderly man lost more than $100,000.

Consumer towing guide: How to protect yourself from unfair treatment

May 7, 2021

There it is, that sinking feeling in your stomach when you return to your parking spot, only to find your car is gone. Was it stolen? Did you forget where you parked? Or was it towed? In the final case, you may not know where your car has been taken, how much it will cost to get it back, or what legal protections you have.

While businesses are permitted to charge higher prices in response to market forces, they aren’t allowed in states with price gouging laws to increase prices excessively to take advantage of a emergency such as the pipeline shutdown, a hurricane or the pandemic. 

Gas prices on the rise in your state? Here's how to report price gouging

May 12, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Gas prices shot up this week to their highest levels in seven years, largely because of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline last weekend following a cyber attack.

The national average for gasoline has jumped 8 cents per gallon in the last week, to $3.01, according to AAA. It’s the first time the national average hit $3 since 2014.

A scorecard released by U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that many popular cosmetic brands score poorly on ingredient safety and disclosure. While companies and governments need to take action to protect consumers, in the meantime, you can take steps to keep your personal care routine safe.

Empty promises on cosmetic safety

By | Gina Werdel
Make It Toxic Free, Associate

Despite old commitments, a new report by U.S. PIRG finds that L’Oréal is still lagging behind its competitors on ingredient disclosure.

After Facebook data breach, consumers need to go on defense

April 4, 2021 
By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Consumers who have accounts on Facebook need to be extra vigilant in the weeks and months ahead as identity thieves could use stolen information to try and commit fraud.

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