Bamboozled: Netflix and fraud? How scammers are targeting users

Scammers often use the names and logos of legitimate businesses to try to trick consumers. This time around, the victim is Netflix, the popular streaming service and home to hot shows like Stranger Things, G.L.O.W. and Master of None. And you could be sucked in as a victim, too, if you fall for this scam. Customers… Please follow and like us:

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Judge denies injunction to remove Mick Mulvaney as consumer bureau’s acting director

A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request for a preliminary injunction to remove Mick Mulvaney as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The judge sided with Mulvaney — President Donald Trump’s choice for the interim position — over Leandra English, the agency’s deputy director who has said she is the rightful acting director.… Please follow and like us:

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Meat is not the ‘new tobacco,’ and shouldn’t be taxed

By Sylvain Charlebois, Professor in Food Distribution and Policy, Dalhousie University. Is meat the new tobacco? Some are suggesting it is, and urging a “sin tax” on beef, pork and other meats. (Shutterstock) The idea of having to pay a sin tax for environmentally detrimental foods is gaining more support. For some, eating meat is a… Please follow and like us:

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Corp Americas New Way To Steal From You: ARBITRATION – America’s Lawyer

To learn more about this topic, visit AL.Law Via America’s Lawyer: Mike Papantonio discusses, how businesses have been stripping American consumers of their rights with binding arbitration clauses that they tuck into their contracts with attorney, Tim O’ Brien. Transcript of the above video: Mike Papantonio: One of the biggest scams ever collectively pulled off by… Please follow and like us:

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‘Internet of Things’ Devices Have Their Security Risks. How Regulators Should Address Them.

Most Americans own some sort of “smart” device, whether it’s a smartphone, a smart thermostat, or a smart fitness tracker. These devices are benefiting Americans in countless ways, from helping them become more energy-efficient, to saving money and even tracking their health. But many of these devices can also pose a security risk to unsuspecting consumers.… Please follow and like us:

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Pickups, SUVs and crossovers dominated strong auto sales in 2017

Robot vehicles might rip apart the business model of the car industry in the coming years, but for now, automakers are still selling lots of cars and light trucks. U.S. sales for 2017 are expected to come in at 17.2 million vehicles, to be adjusted slightly up or down this week as more companies report their… Please follow and like us:

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Apple apologizes for slowing iPhones, offers discounted batteries

Apple on Thursday apologized to its customers for slowing down performance of older iPhone models and said it would discount replacement batteries for some of its handsets. The move by Apple responded to an uproar from iPhone users — and a series of lawsuits — after news of the battery problems stoked concerns the company was… Please follow and like us:

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Goodbye, signatures: Credit card firms make big change

Don’t take this too hard: your autograph isn’t worth what it once was. American Express, Mastercard and Discover have each announced that, starting in April, they will no longer require signatures on any U.S. and Canadian credit card purchases. (Actually, American Express is making the change for all its transactions worldwide.) Visa hasn’t announced any plans… Please follow and like us:

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4 credit card traps to avoid in 2018

With the new year just around the corner, it’s a good time to reflect on your life and accomplishments over the past 12 months. It’s also a good time to think about your finances! With credit card debt at staggering levels nationwide, it’s high time to get serious about spending. Of course, credit cards can be… Please follow and like us:

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Wave files claim against Comcast in sports TV dispute

Kirkland-based Wave Broadband has filed a claim against Comcast, saying the cable giant is unfairly trying to force Wave to provide higher-priced premium sports TV channels to customers who don’t want them. Wave, which is owned by private equity company TPG Capital, filed the claim with the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday. The FCC will now… Please follow and like us:

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Survey: 86% of people want biometrics instead of passwords

You might want to get ready to say goodbye to passwords forever — a majority of people asked in a survey want identity verification for transactions to be done using their faces, eyes and fingerprints. RELATED: Can you hack an iPhone with Play-Doh? Visa tally finds passwords have fallen out of favor Visa conducted a survey… Please follow and like us:

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Follow the money to understand how drug profits flow

The prescription drug world is in turmoil. Pharmacy giant CVS is buying Aetna, an insurance company, and Amazon appears to be entering the pharmacy market. Meanwhile, Alex Azar, President Trump’s nominee for secretary of Health and Human Services, indicated in his confirmation hearing that drug pricing will be his top priority, although he offered few details.… Please follow and like us:

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Fed hikes key interest rate again, boosts next year’s economic growth forecast

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve monetary policymakers on Wednesday nudged up their key interest rate again and increased their forecast for the economy’s performance in 2018 as Congress neared passage of a large tax-cut package. Fed officials forecast 2.5 percent growth next year with an increase in consumer spending and business investment expected from the lower taxes,… Please follow and like us:

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Tech support scams hitting more computer users online

CHICAGO – For consumers who turn over control of their computers to remote technicians online, the fix may already be in. A growing number of remote tech support scams are popping up, in which users facing “crashed” computers give online access for repairs that do nothing more than drain their wallets, according to a study released… Please follow and like us:

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The truth about how Facebook can affect your credit score

We all know that companies use the personal data we share online in various ways, but what many of us don’t know is how what we share on social media could affect our credit scores. Credit rating agency FICO and credit-reporting agencies like TransUnion look at all types of personal info and metrics to determine credit-worthiness… Please follow and like us:

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