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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

If you’ve been whacked by unexpected or unfair penalty or other junk fees by a bank, mortgage company, or credit card company, the CFPB wants to hear from you. You can send the CFPB a comment on its new “initiative to save households billions of dollars a year by reducing exploitative junk fees.” Find out more here.

Cover photo "Fees Key" by Gotcredit.com via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

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.

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Isabel Brown
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

When the power goes out, the food in your refrigerator and freezer can get up to temperatures that make it no longer safe to eat.

Though reducing isolation periods saves airlines money, it is the most irresponsible choice that could lead to more employees and customers getting sick.

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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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Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

You may be setting aside those cloth or surgical masks and shopping for some N95 masks or KN95s that are supposed to be widely available. But . . . there unfortunately are lots of counterfeit products out there too.
 

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Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

A major new CFPB report assails the Big 3 credit bureaus for a series of excuses, “deficiencies” and failures. CFPB found that “Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion routinely failed to fully respond to consumers with errors.” Wow.

Cover graphic “Epic Fail” by Dunk via Flickr, some rights reserved.

Switching from one dirty fuel source to another isn’t the public health or climate progress we need.