Consumer Tips

How to find mistakes on your credit report

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Mistakes on your credit report can cause a whole host of problems.

Children's pajamas don't always meet flammability standards

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
Monday, March 14, 2022


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces safety standards nationally. One standard designed to give caregivers peace of mind is the national flammability standard for children’s sleepwear.

There are two requirements for the standard: 

  • Sleepwear must be made of flame-resistant material;

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Dark patterns: Your apps know too much about you, so what can you do?

When National Consumer Protection Week began in the late 1990s, many Americans still didn’t have internet access at home, let alone on mobile devices. Now, infringement on our online privacy is a huge threat, even when you just have apps running in the background. The new tips guide from U.S. PIRG Education Fund (PIRG’s research partner) can help consumers control access to their private information and what companies can do with your data if they get it.

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Dark Patterns: A step-by-step guide to protect your privacy on your phone

Apps and social media are a part of everyday life. They help us stay connected to the world around us. But it can be easy to overlook the risk involved with making personal information accessible online, especially when that information can be recorded, bought and sold by the companies running the apps.

Counterfeit products are everywhere; here are tips to avoid buying any of them online

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
March 11, 2022

When we think of counterfeits, we often think of luxury products like bags or shoes. But counterfeits have crept into every type of product, with government officials finding counterfeit pharmaceuticals, hygiene products and children’s products.

Buy Now Pay Later plans: Tips to Avoid the Pitfalls

By Hannah Rhodes and Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog team

Complaints are soaring about the “Buy Now, Pay Later” financing schemes that businesses increasingly are offering as an alternative to up-front payments in full. Consumers making purchases as small as $50 online are often offered these payment plans, which can turn into debt traps. Here are some tips to avoid the interest and fees that often come with these “deals.”

How to find mistakes on your credit report

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

A third of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) last year involved incorrect information on people’s credit reports.


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How to recognize fake online reviews of products and services

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
March 11, 2022

Endorsements to deceive consumers are plentiful on the Internet. To mediate this problem, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) put hundreds of companies on notice in October 2021 that if they use fabricated endorsements to deceive consumers, they could face financial penalties up to $43,793 per violation. 


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