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New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Buy into Diet Ads

Let me guess… one of your resolutions is to lose weight this year. And, sure, there are products that claim they can help you shed the weight. But an FTC case reveals some weight-loss claims are hard to swallow.

Got a minute? Get the skinny on diet ads and weight-loss products from the FTC’s new audio tip.

Diet Ads

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Health & Fitness

A Healthy Dose of Skepticism

New products that make big claims about health benefits seem to pop up all the time — like ads for dietary supplements that claim they can help you lose weight, get allergies under control, or prevent the common cold. But how do you know if those claims are true?

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Health & Fitness

Have You Been Bamboozled?

Bamboo: it’s not just for tiki huts anymore. In fact, because it grows quickly and with little or no pesticide, it has become popular in products that range from flooring to furniture.

But according to recent FTC lawsuits against, Leon Max, Macy’s, and Sears, when it comes to soft textiles, like shirts or sheets, items that are advertised as bamboo are really rayon. What’s worse? Some bamboo wannabes were promoted as environmentally friendly, but manufacturing rayon — even when it’s made from bamboo — is far from a “green” process.

Make Computer Security One of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Exercise more. Floss daily. Remember anniversary this year. Something’s missing… computer security! Your list of resolutions isn’t complete until you add “update my security software” and “protect my passwords” to the mix. Don’t worry, it’s not time consuming. Protecting yourself from scammers, hackers, and identity thieves is definitely something you’ll want to do this year.

Painting Over the Truth

Thinking about a new look for your home in the new year? Maybe you’re planning to use a tax refund to finally redo a few rooms?

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Homes & Mortgages

In the Wake of a Tragedy, Make Sure Donations Count

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, many people are looking for a way to help, like making a donation to a charity or fund.

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Money & Credit

The Hide and Seek Game of Investing in Precious Metals

Investing in gold and silver may sound like a safe, low-risk way to make big money. But hidden fees, as well as a dealer’s failure to reveal how risky this type of investment really is, could cost you dearly.

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Jobs & Making Money

Kids' Online Privacy: The Next Generation

It’s no secret that kids take to the Internet like — hmm, ducks to water.

It’s also no secret that parents are concerned about their kids’ privacy online.

Did You Hear It Through the Grapevine?

Searching for a hot holiday gift? In the market for the perfect pump to wear to a special party? Scouring sites and blogs to find a deal? Online shopping is convenient, but how do you know which reviews to trust? 

If you’ve got a minute, here’s a video about how to read those reviews and recommendations you’re seeing on the screen.   
Online Reviews and Recommendations

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Money & Credit

Happy Holiday Shopping

Still doing your holiday shopping? Many of us are. Whether you’re shopping online, by phone, or in stores, the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has a gift for you – a dozen dynamic holiday shopping tips to help you watch your wallet, shop wisely, and protect your personal information.

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Money & Credit