Money & Credit

FTC to auto dealers: don’t toy with yo-yo financing

Buying a car can be exciting, but what if there are strings attached? Some buyers told us that they financed a car through a dealership, signed a contract, and drove the car home, only to be told that the financing didn't go through and they had to sign a new deal or lose their down payment. There’s a name for that: it’s called a “yo-yo” financing tactic. It’s just one of a trunk-load of charges the FTC is bringing against Sage Auto Group, a group of nine Los Angeles-based auto dealerships, and the three brothers who control them.

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How did that company get my info?

Are you getting calls or emails from a company you’ve never heard of? Wondering how they got your name or number — or how they know what you’re interested in? The reason might be lead generation. Here’s what you need to know.

Refunds for One Technologies’ not-so-free credit scores

The FTC will be refunding nearly $20 million to people who were misled by One Technologies about getting “free credit scores” that weren’t so free. The money comes from a 2014 settlement with One Technologies. According to the FTC, the company misled people by advertising free credit scores without making clear that people would be enrolled in a credit monitoring program — and charged $29.95 per month.

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Lifelong learning

It’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. It’s a time to raise public awareness about the importance of both things – adult education and family literacy – and the 36 million adults in the US with low literacy skills.

Prize scams in your mailbox

Some scammers hide fraud in the fine print; others put it right up front in CAPITAL LETTERS. The FTC has just sued a handful of people and companies that allegedly mailed hundreds of thousands of notices with brazen lies to people in the US and other countries. The promotions, featuring phony claims like “YOU HAVE WON A CASH PRIZE!” and you are a “CONFIRMED PRIZE WINNER,” went mostly to older people.

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What does the record VW settlement mean for you?

If you have a TDI 2.0-liter diesel Volkswagen or Audi, you may already know that you have new vehicle options — ones that you probably didn’t anticipate when you bought or leased your car.

No, we’re not talking about a sunroof or premium sound system. The options we’re referring to came about with the historic $10 billion settlement of the FTC’s deception case against VW. The FTC alleged VW falsely advertised these cars as “Clean Diesel” vehicles after rigging them so that their emissions controls operated fully only during emissions testing.

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Protect your organization from directory scams

If you work for a business or a non-profit, you probably get lots of messages and mail about directory listings and upcoming trade shows. Just make sure you weed out for scams as you sift through these items. Here’s why.

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What to know about paychecks

Getting your first paycheck is a big deal. But it also can be a surprise when you see your employer took out money for different taxes and benefits. Why does that happen? And is there anything you can do about it?

Read the new article about Your Paycheck at consumer.gov. It tells you what you need to know, in a plain and simple style.

Save money washing clothes, dishes and more

It’s time to come clean about household products: from laundry detergent to toothpaste, using more than recommended pours money down the drain and can be bad for your appliances, your belongings, and the environment. Here are some tips that are good for both your wallet and the planet.

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Empowering Latinos to know their rights and avoid scams

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the contributions so many Latinos have made throughout history. It’s also a time for us to celebrate you for the vital role you’ve played in helping Latino communities avoid scams.

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