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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Broadband internet for low-income households
Broadband internet for low-income households

Today, high-speed home internet service (broadband) is virtually a necessity for everything from finding a job to doing homework. However, many low-income households are at a disadvantage because broadband has been unaffordable for them. This fact sheet explains more about broadband, including its importance, benefits, availability and pricing. It also presents special programs that offer low-income households fast home internet service at a discount.

 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Where we stand on the issues we work on
Where we stand on the issues we work on

By participating in legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives, Consumer Action ensures that underrepresented consumers have a voice in front of lawmakers and the national media. Each year, Consumer Action takes positions on dozens of bills at the state and national levels and submits comments and testimony on a host of consumer protection issues.

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

SCAM GRAM: Don’t let scammers score a major touchdown
SCAM GRAM: Don’t let scammers score a major touchdown

We know you’re excited for football season, but don’t let scammers score a major touchdown by selling you counterfeit tickets to see your favorite team throw the old pigskin around.

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month!
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month!

Consumer Action is helping you protect your privacy! Shop our free internet privacy publications to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft and cybercrime.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SCAM GRAM: Back to school for swindlers
SCAM GRAM: Back to school for swindlers

SCAM GRAM is Consumer Action’s monthly e-newsletter alerting you to the dirtiest players in the world of tech fraud, credit card scams, ID theft and general con-artistry. Don’t be fooled by liars, cheats and crooks—wise up with SCAM GRAM!

 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

STOP THE PAYDAY DEBT TRAP! Sign the petition

Payday lenders purposefully ensnare people in debt they can’t escape. These legalized loan sharks collect 75 percent of their fees from people stuck in more than 10 loans a year by charging 300 percent APR. It’s a debt trap. Sign our action alert and petition to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Help defrauded students get debt relief
TAKE ACTION: Help defrauded students get debt relief

The U.S. Department of Education is taking public comments on its proposed reform to provide debt relief to students defrauded by unscrupulous colleges, like Corinthian Colleges, and to hold these colleges accountable so that they, not taxpayers, pay for their wrongdoing.

The proposed new rules improve protections for students and taxpayers and will help curb bad behavior by predatory colleges. But the rules need to be strengthened. As written they also roll back eligibility for student loan relief in some cases and make it likely that many defrauded borrowers will get partial or no relief. 

TAKE ACTION NOW! Sign our petition to encourage the Department of Education to strengthen the protections for students and taxpayers and to defend the rules from attacks by the for-profit college industry. It is critical that the Department of Education know that there is support for strong rules to protect students and taxpayers.

Sign the petition by August 1st!

 

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to pass credit reporting reforms
TAKE ACTION: Urge Congress to pass credit reporting reforms

A new bill to dramatically improve fairness, transparency and accuracy in credit reporting has been introduced in Congress by Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA). More than 20 percent of people have errors on their credit report, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Some are serious enough to keep consumers from landing a dream job, becoming a homeowner or getting a credit card!

Attempting to fix these errors often turns into a bureaucratic, time-consuming back and forth process. The Comprehensive Consumer Credit Reporting Reform Act of 2016 (HR 5282) would:

  - Require credit bureaus to independently analyze disputed errors and create a consumer right to appeal the results of a dispute;
  - Restrict the use of credit reports in hiring decisions;
  - Reduce the amount of time that negative credit information stays on your record, and
  - Remove damaging mortgage or student loan information that stems from unfair or deceptive business practices.

READ OUR NEW ‘Retirement planning’ issue of Consumer Action News
READ OUR NEW ‘Retirement planning’ issue of Consumer Action News

On everyone’s list of goals is “retire comfortably.” Consumer Action offers information and tips to help you make wise retirement account choices, avoid retirement planning pitfalls and reach your savings target.

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

SCAM GRAM: May 2016 issue available now
SCAM GRAM: May 2016 issue available now

SCAM GRAM is Consumer Action’s new monthly email alerting you to the dirtiest players in the world of tech fraud, credit card scams, ID theft and general con-artistry. Don’t be fooled by liars, cheaters and deceivers—wise up with SCAM GRAM!

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