Consumer Tips

Get the Lead Out: Safe drinking water at school

Our children need safe drinking water — especially at school, where they go to learn and play each day. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at our schools and preschools.

Tips to spot counterfeit toys before you buy them

Nov. 11, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

As the holidays grow near, shoppers can expect a more difficult time finding the perfect gift this year that will arrive in time for the holidays. With supply chain issues plaguing the holiday shopping season, consumers should be wary when shopping online that what they purchase is a safe, legitimate product.

How to spot fake online reviews

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

With the overwhelming number of reviews found both on website listings and social media, we pulled together the best tips to spot fake reviews when shopping online.

How to spot fake online reviews

Oct. 14, 2021

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate

On Oct. 13, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put hundreds of companies nationwide on notice that if they use fabricated endorsements to deceive consumers, they could face financial penalties up to $43,793 per violation.  

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Consumer guide: tips to help consumers avoid cars damaged by flood water

The current shortage of used cars on the market -- and correlated increased prices -- could make consumers more desperate and vulnerable to falling for a bad deal.

How to avoid used cars with flood damage

Oct. 14, 2021

By Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

This year is bringing us devastating flooding in different parts of the country. Unfortunately, flooding is occurring more often with the increase in big storms and hurricanes caused by global warming. Just last week, a storm carrying torrential rains caused flash flooding in northern Alabama after up to seven inches of rain fell in a few hours.

This means everything from bills to birthday cards will arrive later in our mailboxes. And credit card and loan payments, RSVPs and government forms we send will take longer too. 

18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

Sept. 22, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Illegal robocalls seem to be declining a smidgeon as more and more phone companies install federally mandated technology to block spoofed calls and flag other scam calls. But most of us still get too many. One a month is too many, right? Here are some tips to live by and share with vulnerable friends or relatives:

18 tips to reduce robocalls and protect yourself from scams

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The good news: Illegal robocalls seem to be declining a bit. The bad news: They'll probably never go away completely. Consumers need to remain vigilant to protect their personal information and their money. 

Scam robocalls have declined by 29 percent since June. But most of us still get too many. And the industry overall isn't doing enough.

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