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Bob Sullivan

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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Personal Finance

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Working More Hours Won’t Get You a Raise, Study Finds

Work martyrs, here’s even more bad news. You’re not getting ahead by putting in those night and weekend hours. In fact, according to a new study, you’re falling behind. The U.S. Travel Association recently surveyed American workers and found that vacation-taking is at a four-decade low. That’s bad enough. But this nugget tucked inside the… Read More

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Identity Theft

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Digital criminals inventing and exploiting identities out of thin air, rather than impersonating real consumers, are a fast-growing menace, according to a new report from fraud-fighting firm ID Analytics. This relatively new form of identity fraud, called synthetic identity fraud, involves criminals using random Social Security numbers, mismatched names and birthdays, and other personal characteristics that… Read More

Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

Managing Debt

Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

Some less-than-above-board debt collectors deploy a number of unsavory tactics while trying to persuade consumers to give them money, but none worse than this: trying to collect on debts that just don’t exist. It happens, often. Sometimes, bad records are to blame. Debt notes are often sold, re-sold and re-sold again, and during that game… Read More

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Students

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Troubled Private Student Loan Borrowers Get Little Help, CFPB Says

Borrowers stuck with oppressive private student loan debts continue to get little mercy from lenders, which is bad for both consumers and the financial institutions, according to a report issued Thursday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. While distressed mortgage holders have several opportunities to appeal for lower monthly payments, and federal student loan borrowers… Read More

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

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Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

Could LinkedIn Cost You a Job?

Anything you say to LinkedIn can be used against you when you are job hunting. You might have known that already. But you probably didn’t know that LinkedIn has special products specifically aimed at helping hiring managers ask former co-workers about you. LinkedIn’s “Trusted Reference” report, available only to paying premium users, compiles a list… Read More

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

Personal Finance

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

AT&T May Owe You a Refund for Bogus Charges

It’s one of the more cynical gotchas consumers face, and finally, a big mobile phone company is paying the price. AT&T has agreed to pay $105 million to settle charges that it enabled, and profited from, massive phone bill cramming.   In cramming, consumers unknowingly signed up for useless text-message services and other products that around… Read More

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

Managing Debt

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

The High-Tech Ways Debt Collectors Get You to Pay Up

It sounds like science fiction. A lender sitting in an office who wants a payment clicks a button on a screen, and suddenly, the borrower’s car is disabled on the side of the road. “Pay now or you’ll never drive again,” is the clear message. It’s not a movie script. Car “ignition interrupt devices” are… Read More

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