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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.

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Identity Theft

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Privacy Bill of Rights Gets New Push From Obama

Two federal laws designed to create new federal rights to privacy are part of a sweeping new set of four broad digital-age consumer protections to be proposed by the administration, President Barack Obama announced Monday. Speaking at the Federal Trade Commission, Obama announced four proposals designed to deal with a growing sense among Americans that… Read More

How to Identity-Theft Proof Your Life in 2015

Identity Theft

How to Identity-Theft Proof Your Life in 2015

How to Identity-Theft Proof Your Life in 2015

Anyone who says they can prevent identity theft is, to be polite, exaggerating. In a world where a hacker can walk off with a database of 100 million consumers, sometimes it’s just your turn. That’s true of all crime. No car alarm will guarantee that your wheels won’t get stolen. But you can do things… Read More

The Danger of Maxing Out Your Credit Cards

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The Danger of Maxing Out Your Credit Cards

The Danger of Maxing Out Your Credit Cards

Doing some research for a larger story about the “damage points” associated with having a credit-related boo-boo, I stumbled on this important factoid: A consumer with excellent credit who maxes out a credit card will see a credit score drop of 25 to 45 points. In other words, someone with a superb 780 score could see that… Read More

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

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Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Was 2014 Really the Worst Year Ever for Privacy?

Target. Home Depot. Michaels. And now, this Sony mess. The year 2014 will certainly be known as the year of the mega-hack, the year personal privacy took its first really big hit, right? Not so fast. We’ve been down this road before. A trip down memory lane will offer some perspective. Sure, 2014 began with… Read More

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

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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

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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

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