Consumer Tips

Gas prices on the rise in your state? Here's how to report price gouging

May 12, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Gas prices shot up this week to their highest levels in seven years, largely because of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline last weekend following a cyber attack.

The national average for gasoline has jumped 8 cents per gallon in the last week, to $3.01, according to AAA. It’s the first time the national average hit $3 since 2014.

A scorecard released by U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that many popular cosmetic brands score poorly on ingredient safety and disclosure. While companies and governments need to take action to protect consumers, in the meantime, you can take steps to keep your personal care routine safe.

After Facebook data breach, consumers need to go on defense

April 4, 2021  By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Consumers who have accounts on Facebook need to be extra vigilant in the weeks and months ahead as identity thieves could use stolen information to try and commit fraud.

A free Chrome extension and mobile app created by a passionate couple helps customers easily find non-toxic consumer products as they shop online.

With $1,400 payments on the way, here's what to do, and not do

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

85 percent of Americans are expected to get money -- without the need for you do anything, including clicking any email links, providing any information by phone or paying any fees.

Tips to file your tax return while avoiding fees, scams

by Jacob van Cleef, Consumer Watchdog Associate

March 3, 2021

You have six weeks to file your income tax return for 2020. Every year, it seems there are more issues to watch out for. They fall into two main categories: Scams looking to get your personal information, and unexpected fees that can add up when trying to file your return using software or professional preparers. Below are tips to keep in mind this tax season.

Avoiding fraud and scams

File as early as possible:

Credit freeze -- A free and fast way to help safeguard your finances

By | Grace Brombach
Consumer Watchdog Associate

My first-hand, step-by-step guide to freezing your credit reports.

A week's worth of help and tips during Consumer Protection Week

Being a consumer is a tough job. Really tough. During National Consumer Protection Week, which runs through March 6, the U.S. PIRG Education Fund staff is offering a daily dose of tips and advice to help you navigate life’s biggest consumer challenges.

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