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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.

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

Credit Cards

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

A Texas firm accused of selling consumers a buying club card disguised as a general-purpose credit card was sued Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The card, offered by Union Workers Credit Services cost $37 for snail-mail applicants and $95 online, the CFPB said. While thousands of consumers signed up for the card, most… Read More

CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

Students

CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

Two firms accused of offering false hope to student loan borrowers seeking lower monthly payments or other debt relief have been sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency announced Thursday. According to the bureau, both firms “tricked” consumers into paying upfront fees to access federal loan benefits, which in many cases were free…. Read More

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Identity Theft

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

Is Big Data Already Tracking Your Kindergartner?

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who disagrees that America’s schools are in need of serious reform. And it’s an obvious leap to think technology is the fast lane to improvement. “Ed-tech” is where some of America’s thorniest issues collide, however. Big Brother. Marketing to kids. Privacy. Boondoggles. Attention deficit disorder. Teacher accountability. As a… Read More

Retailer Bebe Hit With Data Breach

Identity Theft

Retailer Bebe Hit With Data Breach

Retailer Bebe Hit With Data Breach

Women’s clothing chain “bebe” became the latest retailer to announce a credit card hack, revealing on Friday that criminals stole account numbers from consumers who shopped at the chain’s retail store locations during November. The hack was first reported by independent security journalist Brian Krebs. In a post on its website, bebe said hackers stole… Read More

The AT&T Bill That Just Wouldn’t Die

Managing Debt

The AT&T Bill That Just Wouldn’t Die

The AT&T Bill That Just Wouldn’t Die

When you have a dispute over a bill with a company, sometimes it’s not enough to respond to a collections notice with evidence that the bill has been paid. Sadly, even if the collections firm appears to drop the matter it can still come up again, and again, and again. This is the tale of… Read More

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