Banking

Checking and savings accounts: A wise choice

How can you keep your money safe and manage your money wisely? Easy! Just open a checking and/or savings account in a federally insured bank or credit union. NCPW partner Consumer Action offers a brochure to help people understand that banks and credit unions generally offer their account holders free or low-cost services, such as free check cashing or low-cost money wiring. This can save you money because a checking account can be a less costly alternative to using check cashers or prepaid cards. Continue Reading >

Colorado Attorney General unveils top 2013 consumer complaints

In recognition of National Consumer Protection Week, the Consumer Protection Section of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office unveiled its list of the top ten consumer complaints of 2013. Consumers filed 8,654 complaints with the Office’s Consumer Protection Section. Continue Reading >

Florida consumer agency hosts seven consumer protection events for NCPW

In celebration of National Consumer Protection Week 2014, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting the following events for Florida’s consumers:

Monday

  • Consumer protection presentations will be done at South Sumter High School in Bushnell, Florida.

Tuesday Continue Reading >

Free NCPW events and resources in Ohio

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is proud to join government and nonprofit organizations across the country to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week, March 2-8, 2014.  To learn about free events and information available to Ohioans - in addition to the events listed below - please visit the Attorney General's NCPW website.

In addition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is marking its 2014 calendar for National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW). Continue Reading >

Keeping Your Credit Report in Check

Have you ever tried to pay for things with a check and the transaction was declined even though you had money in the bank?  It might be because a consumer reporting agency gave the retailer negative information about your credit history – including your checking account history – or indicated that you could be a bad credit risk for other reasons. Continue Reading >

Are you affected by the recent Target hack?

Target has announced that any credit or debit card used in a Target store in the U.S. between November 27 and December 15 may have been compromised. According to the announcement, the stolen information includes the customer’s name, credit or debit card number, and the card’s expiration date and three-digit-security code CVV1 (a security code stored on your card's magnetic stripe).

In light of this announcement, the FTC has this advice: Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Banking, Identity Theft

Send Money Abroad with More Confidence

Today, you have new rights when you send money to family or others outside the United States.

These protections come from a new federal rule that was finalized by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this year.

The rule applies to electronic money transfers sent by people in the United States to people or businesses in other countries. In general, the rule covers transfers sent by companies such as money transmitters, banks, credit unions and other financial services companies that consistently send more than 100 international money transfers each year. Continue Reading >

Blog Topic: 
Banking, Scam Alerts

Your First Line of Defense

We’re all consumers and information is the first line of defense in the marketplace. Everyone can benefit from amping up their consumer know-how and getting the inside skinny on avoiding scams. That’s true for servicemembers, veterans, and their families, too. And that’s the spirit behind Military Consumer Protection Day, July 17. The FTC, the Department of Defense, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and Military Saves have teamed up for this first ever MCPD to kick off a year-round campaign to empower the military and veteran communities. Continue Reading >

Going Mobile

If you want easy access to reliable consumer tips and advice while you’re on-the-go, check out the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) new mobile-friendly navigation for our library of consumer information. You’ll have ready access to more than 1,000 helpful articles, videos, and audio tipsContinue Reading >

A DNC Birthday Suit

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the National Do Not Call Registry. What a fitting day for the FTC’s announcement of the biggest civil penalty ever collected in a Do Not Call case.

Mortgage Investors Corporation has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called more than 5.4 million current and former U.S. service members whose phone numbers were on the Do Not Call Registry. Continue Reading >

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