Consumer Tips

How to avoid counterfeit COVID products

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
March 11, 2022

While all counterfeits can potentially carry health and safety risks, counterfeit products related to COVID-19 prevention or testing are especially concerning.  The false safety sense with fake COVID-19 at-home tests or counterfeit masks can directly affect consumer’s health. 

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

By Isabel Brown, Consumer Watchdog Associate

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.

Identity theft is soaring; reduce your risk dramatically by simply freezing your credit files

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog
March 7, 2022

The problem of identity theft continues to grow. In 2021, people filed more complaints with the Federal Trade Commission about identity theft than anything else. In fact, identity theft comprised 25 percent of complaints filed last year, hitting 1.4 million cases, double the number from 2019.

National Consumer Protection Week 2022

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Every day during the first week of March, PIRG is providing consumer protection tips and tools to help Americans address some of the most common consumer issues.

Space heaters lead to 1,700 fires and 80 deaths a year; here are tips to stay safe

By Isabel Brown and Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associates

Feb. 2, 2022

In the cold winter months, a space heater can be a helpful way to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. But space heaters can also pose a fire hazard, especially if they are used incorrectly or don’t meet current safety standards.

DEALING WITH WINTER STORM KENAN: PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR HOME AND YOUR FINANCES

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog
Jan. 28, 2022

With the massive winter storm that's expected to hit the East Coast this weekend, here are some tips to help consumers protect themselves during and after a disaster, including how to spot possible opportunists, bad deals and con-artists:

How to be notified about recalls on products you own

By Hannah Rhodes, Consumer Watchdog Associate
Jan. 28, 2022

Navigating through a government website may sound tedious, but here are some tips on how to be notified about and report unsafe products in your home.

Why the CPSC can't do enough to protect consumers from dangerous products

By | Hannah Rhodes
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

Of the 23 deaths reported in connection with products recalled in 2021, 19 actually occurred in previous years. It can take months or years for the public to be warned about dangerous products because federal laws favor corporations, not consumers.

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