Third party data collection is a scary topic, and though you might know what it is and various means to minimize its effects it seems like there is no legal way to stop it. Under current U.S. laws consumers have no right to know which data brokers have their data and what data they have. […]

Of the many types of fraud in the United States, advance fee schemes are among the most devious and frustrating for authorities. This is because these scams, where someone asks for money upfront with the promise of a big payoff later, are only limited by the imagination of the person committing the fraud. Some variations […]

As more American’s move into retirement, more and more people are taking advantage of a reverse mortgage to access the equity in their home. However, this also means that scams involving reverse mortgages are on the rise. These scams can take many forms, including: Contractor Fraud: This scam involves someone convincing you that you need […]

According to the latest reports from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, roughly $3.4 Billion of retail sales occurred online just last year alone. Consumers are becoming increasingly more comfortable with making their purchases online. Fortunately, the vast majority of these sales occur without any problems, but what happens when those shoes you purchased online do not show […]

Craigslist scams take all shapes and sizes. For tips on how to recognize these scams and stay safe, you can see a prior post I wrote here. Since that post, a new breed of these scams has come to my attention. This scam is targeted at “destination communities” such as ski resorts and beach towns, […]

100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You’ve read the phrase before, probably on a food product or maybe the packaging of a consumer electronics item. How does this “satisfaction guarantee” relate to the term “limited warranty” that consumers find familiar? While the terms “guarantee” and “warranty” may have become synonymous in the minds of some consumers, the two […]