Articles on Consumer Affairs

How to Avoid a "Sweetheart Scam"

Sweetheart scammers have been around forever, but social media and the internet have broadened their reach. Learn how to protect your heart, and your wallet.

18 Surprising Ways Your Identity Can Be Stolen

You work so hard to protect your identity, but there are still ways thieves can get your personal data. Here's how they do it.

How to Protect Yourself From Predatory Lending

"No credit? No problem!" At least, that's what a predatory lender might want you to think.

How to Tell if That Home Business Opportunity Is Really a Pyramid Scheme

It can be a pretty steep uphill climb to become a moneymaking MLM superstar.

10 Ways to Keep Your Private Info Private

From your Facebook feed, to your mailbox — identity theft hides behind every corner. Make sure your privacy is protected.

Do You Know How Dirty Your Money Is?

You use money often, but have you ever considered what kinds of nasty bacteria are living on its surface? The answer is not for the squeamish.

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Home Warranty

Hot water heater on the fritz? Your home warranty can help with that...if you follow a few simple guidelines.

6 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Mold on Common Household Items

Yuck mold — and it's everywhere! Get rid of it while keeping your stuff with some easy cleaning tricks.

So Far Trump Has Called Out 6 Companies: Here's How They've Done

When Trump takes to Twitter to insult — or praise — a company, does it hurt their bottom line?

What to Do About a Terrible Airbnb Stay

When your hotel room is terrible, you know who to call. Who do you call when your Airbnb stay is awful?

5 Big Brands Making the World a Better Place

Next time you're ready to spend some cash, try shopping these brands. The dollars you spend there will go toward making the world a better place.

How to Protect Yourself From an Investment Scam

That guy in an Internet chatroom with a hot stock tip probably isn't really a Wall Street insider with time to spare. Just saying.

Is This News Story Fake? Here's How to Tell

Spare yourself the embarrassment of a public Facebook debunking, and learn how to fact-check news for yourself. It's easy!

Will Your Brand Boycott Actually Make a Difference?

A boycott may make you feel like you're fighting the good fight. Just don't expect to win.

How to Spot a Charity Scam From a Mile Away

Don't let your charitable donation go toward funding a crooked cause.

10 Classic Impulse Buys We Need to Stop Falling For

Acting on impulse is good when you're catching someone who's falling, or swerving to avoid an accident. But when it comes to shopping, it's not your friend.

8 Sneaky Ways You're Being Upsold

If you have money to spend, chances are, it's going to get spent — especially if you stumble into any of these upsell opportunities.

7 Simple Ways to Protect Yourself From Medical Records Theft

Hacker attacks on health care databases are on the rise. How safe are your personal medical records?

Don't Panic: Do This If Your Identity Gets Stolen

Identity theft is a scary subject. But really, you shouldn't panic. Help is right around the corner.

6 Signs Your College Is a Scam

Higher education is always a good idea, right? Wrong. Some colleges are a total scam.