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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.

Do Too Many Free Credit Scores Confuse Consumers?

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Do Too Many Free Credit Scores Confuse Consumers?

Do Too Many Free Credit Scores Confuse Consumers?

Credit scores and credit reports have been somewhat of a mystery to the public for decades, but now U.S. consumers are gaining unprecedented access to them. The new transparency is undoubtedly positive, but a critical question remains: Will it help consumers, or just confuse them? The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Thursday that some 50… Read More

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

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How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

How an Elderly Heiress Lost Her $300 Million Fortune

Bill Dedman is author of the runaway best-selling book, soon to be a movie, Empty Mansions. It tells the story of a secretive heiress named Huguette Clark, and the spending of her enormous fortune during the end of her amazing life. Dedman, a Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter, unravels the tale of her remarkable family, from… Read More

3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

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3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

3 Valentine’s Day Gotchas

Neil Young said only love can break your heart. It can break the bank, too, particularly during Valentine’s season, when emotions — and loneliness – can run high. Scammers and companies that turns gotchas into profits know all about your weaknesses. The “loneliness industry” cut its teeth with 1-900 commercials during the 1990s, but now… Read More

Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

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Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

Is Your Smart TV Listening to You?

Samsung may collect and your device may capture voice commands and associated texts so that we can provide you with Voice Recognition features and evaluate and improve the features. Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a… Read More

You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

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You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

You May Need to Take a Quiz to Get Your Tax Refund

State governments around the country are struggling with tax return identity theft, a problem so rampant that even TurboTax had to temporarily suspend electronic state filing. In Ohio, where 58,000 fraudulent tax returns have been intercepted this tax season, state officials have taken the drastic step of requiring some taxpayers to fill out an online quiz… Read More

TurboTax Suspends State Tax Filing Over Fraud Concerns

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TurboTax Suspends State Tax Filing Over Fraud Concerns

TurboTax Suspends State Tax Filing Over Fraud Concerns

Tax ID theft is reaching epidemic proportions. Well, it did last year when the IRS issued seemingly endless warnings about it. Now, TurboTax announced it has paused state tax return filing for people who use the software after it received complaints of “suspicious filings.” The firm said its own systems weren’t hacked, and that it… Read More

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