Blog: Consumer Information
Tax-Related Identity Theft
With tax season upon us, protect your refund from identity theft with these tips from the FTC and the IRS.
Having work done on your home?
You can check out a business or company with the Better Business Bureau serving Minnesota and North Dakota.
Consumers’ CHECKBOOK database
Consumers’ CHECKBOOK evaluates the quality and prices of local service firms and stores, such as auto repair shops, plumbers, dentists, banks, and insurance companies. Includes articles with buying advice. Available only on library workstations.
Getting bombarded with unwanted phone solicitations?
Here's what you should know about the National Do Not Call Registry.
Guarding Your Privacy
With the rise of online shopping and e-filing, the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General has a wealth of information on protecting yourself from identity theft, avoiding scams and unwanted offers, as well as what to do if you fall victim to cyber predators.
Is there a recall on your car, boat, medicine?
Find current recalls on everything from vehicles and boats to food, cosmetics and medicine at Recalls.gov
Consumer Reports rates MN clinics
In a special October issue, Consumer Reports rates 552 clinics across Minnesota, on the quality of care for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The report is based on data collected by Minnesota Community Measurement, a non-profit that works with the medical community to improve health care and reduce cost.
OK - you're going shopping and it's going to be something big.
Want to know what other consumers have to say about a product?
Find out at Viewpoints.com.
Find out at Viewpoints.com.
Top 10 Consumer Complaints
Cars, credit and shoddy construction once again topped the list of complaints made to state and local consumer protection agencies, according to a survey by the Consumer Federation of America.
Gas Prices are Falling!
at least for now. Check out TwinCitiesGasPrices for the best deals where you live or work.
Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Humes follows the trash in his new book Garbology. He recently joined MPR's The Daily Circuit, exhorting followers to Reduce, Re-use, and Recycle.
Let CardRatings.com help you choose the best credit card for you.
Protecting Consumer Privacy
In a recent report the Federal Trade Commission called for greater regulation of the personal data companies compile on millions of consumers. The FTC also asked for a provision that would allow people access to the information collected on them.
What's your credit picture?
Once every 12 months, you can get a FREE credit report from each of the three major nationwide credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Go to AnnualCreditReport.com
Launch of Publications.USA.gov.
The Federal Citizen Information Center, recently published its 2011 edition of the Consumer Action Handbook and launched a new website (publications.usa.gov) offering free versions of this and other guidebooks. Download or order publications on subjects ranging from 'frog protection for homeowners' to 'online penny auctions.'
Even tightwads know better...
Don't buy a second-rate product just because it costs less. Cheapism.com tells you which lower-priced items are worth buying.
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