Jul 01 2011
The federal regulator of the largest U.S. banks wants too much power, state attorneys general complained this week in a 6-page letter to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. ...
Jun 30 2011
Teletrack, Inc,. has agreed to pay $1.8 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company sold credit reports for marketing purposes, in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. According to the FTC’s complaint, Teletrack sells credit reports and other services to businesses that mainly serve money-strapped consumers.
Jun 23 2011
Do you joke that you’re not a “numbers person”? If so, you may be among the estimated 1 in 20 adults impacted by dyscalculia, a sort of math dyslexia.
Jun 17 2011
You shouldn’t have to pay an up-front fee for a lower interest rate credit card offer. In advance-fee loan scams, the lender guarantees a credit card in advance for a fee before you even apply and regardless of your credit rating. These offers are illegal and often target people with credit problems.
Jun 15 2011
A light bulb just went off above someone’s head at the Federal Trade Commission. The agency had the bright idea to launch a campaign to educate consumers about newer light bulbs. Halogen incandescent, CFLs and LEDs last longer and use less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.
May 20 2011
The Olympia Police Department is warning the public not to give information to callers posing as debt collection companies who attempt to collect personal information.
May 18 2011
Skimming scams are on the rise in Western Washington, according to local cops, and you may not realize you’ve been taken until long after thieves have stolen your credit card or debit card information. Here's how to protect yourself ...
Apr 21 2011
With gas prices soaring, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the formation of the Oil and Gas Price Fraud Working Group. That’s right … we’re talking about a bunch of government agencies monitoring oil and gas markets for potential violations of criminal or civil laws. ...
Apr 20 2011
According to the New York Times, hundreds of millions of dollars worth of life insurance policies go unclaimed each year. Why? Over time they get lost and the beneficiaries don't know the money exists. The Office of the Insurance Commissioner put together some information on finding old policies. Check out the story on the department's blog.