Health & Safety

Weight loss double-talk

Many people would give just about anything to eat like a Sumo wrestler, yet have the body of a tennis pro. And, unfortunately, many people have — given their money, that is — for pills and products falsely promising significant weight loss with little or no effort. Continue Reading >

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Military consumers: Salutes to you!

Frequent relocation, separation from family and friends, the stresses of deployment and a steady paycheck from Uncle Sam can make military households an attractive target for scam artists. That’s why the Department of Defense, the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Office of Servicemember Affairs, and Military Saves have joined to sponsor Military Consumer — a campaign to empower military and veteran communities with tips and tools to be informed consumers.    Continue Reading >

A handy consumer resource

How does a fixed rate mortgage compare to a variable rate mortgage?What can you do about a store that doesn’t honor its refund policy? What if you have a complaint about an insurance company?

The world can be a tricky place for consumers. It takes time and energy to research companies, compare products, and stay up-to-date on the latest scams. At times, it might feel like a full time job. The 2014 Consumer Action Handbook can help, and it’s now available to order or download for free. Continue Reading >

Weight loss: Fact vs. Fiction

Thinking about squeezing into that itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini — or baring your bod in that form-fitting suit? It’s beach season, and those quick weight loss products might seem appealing. You’ve probably seen the ads for pills, powders, patches, belts, and creams promising to melt the pounds away without any diet or exercise. But do those products really work? Continue Reading >

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Legal and financial planning for people with Alzheimer’s disease

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another serious illness, it is important to update financial, legal, and health care arrangements as soon as possible. Continue Reading >

U.S. Department of Labor hosts Women's Health Week webinar in Spanish

Women are key consumers of health benefits.  Working women often make the most important health care decisions for their family and act as caregivers when family members fall ill.  As a result, they need to be well informed about health coverage.  There are many health coverage protections under the law - many that specifically benefit women.  Women need the knowledge and tools that will help them carry out their many roles when it comes to health coverage decisions. Continue Reading >

MA AG Martha Coakley’s Office Offers Resources and Outreach Events to Assist in Obtaining Good Consumer Health

Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley’s office has prepared several outreach events during NCPW to provide consumers with helpful information and materials. If you are interested in attending, please view our NCPW webpage for additional details.  Continue Reading >

Pinellas County Justice & Consumer Services celebrates NCPW 2014

Pinellas County’s Justice & Consumer Services, Office of Consumer Protection is joining federal, state and local government agencies nationwide to celebrate National Consumer Protection Week 2014, which runs from March 2 to 8. In recognition, Pinellas County Consumer Protection has planned several events, including public presentations and information booths to provide free resources to help people protect their privacy, manage money and debt, avoid identity theft, understand credit and steer clear of frauds and scams. Continue Reading >

Time to Change gDiapers’ Product Claims

When you’re caring for a baby, diapers and wipes rank high on the list of essential products. And when a company advertises those products as biodegradable, compostable, or “eco-friendly,” it’s essential that those claims are accurate and truthful. Down to Earth Designs, Inc., which makes gDiapers, has settled Federal Trade Commission charges that the ‘green’ claims it made for its disposable diaper pants, liners and baby wipes were deceptive. Continue Reading >

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To robocall scammers who lied about free medical alert devices: We’ve got your number

The FTC warned people last summer about illegal prerecorded sales calls from scammers pitching safety alert systems for older adults. Continue Reading >

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