Oct 27, 2007

Keeping your car's repair codes a secret from you

The debate over car manufacturers keeping repair codes confidential.

10 ways to save on energy costs

Consumer Reports magazine on what you can do to save energy.

Oct 19, 2007

Consumer complaints about Google

Google helps millions, but some consumers are unhappy.

When your significant other is your computer

We may be spending more time with our computers than with our loved ones.

Oct 14, 2007

The 6 most common fake check scams

Scammers using fake checks are taking a ton of money out of Wisconsin communities. You will never be scammed this way if you are suspicious of checks coming from strangers and refuse to wire or send money cards to them.

Dime stores have turned into dollar stores and then some

Although they are sometimes criticised for the quality of their products, dollar stores are fun and offer bargains. But I recently learned that not all stores with "dollar" in their names are alike.

When my 6-year-old granddaughter asked me to take her to a dollar store in her hometown, I found two stores very close to each other. But when we went into them, she kept finding items that cost $3, $5, and $7.

Now I don't mind a store selling $7 items, I just think the store should change its advertising to say "dollars" store.

Best Buy adds disclaimer to in-store web lookalike advertising

Best Buy customers can access price information at in-store kiosks by clicking on a tab labeled "BestBuy.com," even though they are really not connecting to the internet site. Because in-store prices may be higher, a disclaimer has been added.

Free phone service listens to your calls and displays relevant ads

Former intelligence officers give away free phone service to young people in exchange for listening to what they say.

Oct 13, 2007

Many online retailers don't answer emails

If you feel like your online complaints are going unanswered, you may be right. Glen Loyd from the state Office of Consumer Protection joined WLUK-TV'S Good Day Wisconsin with the results of a new survey about online retailers.

Oct 7, 2007

We've learned a lot about ID theft during the first year of the Office of Privacy Protection

We are here for journalists interested in ID theft in Wisconsin. Recently the Janesville Gazette asked about skimming.

Unbalanced bank accounts bleed money

Young people pay $1 billion in overdraft penalties. Source of this information.

Fond Du Lac reporter buys a car carefully

A Fond Du Lac reporter sets good example for other young people in doing her home work before buying a car

177 people in Madison are waiting to check out books by Kevin Trudeau who is being sued for deceptive weight loss advertising