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5 easy ways to cut heating costs this winter

With winter just two weeks away and temperatures already hovering around freezing, Mainers are starting to crank up the heat. As the frigid days arrive, heating costs are always a big concern in the state. According to a weekly heating fuel price survey conducted by the Governor’s Energy Office, the current statewide average cash price […]

‘Channel 13 News’ Facebook privacy hoax is back — don’t fall for it

Worried that everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook will become public tomorrow? Worry no more; it’s just a viral Facebook privacy hoax that’s circulating once again. Before you copy and paste the “statement” and fan the flames of this modern day chain letter, please keep reading. The version of the post that’s making the rounds claims […]

Nearly 4,000 Maine cars covered by VW settlement; how to claim your money

As part of the biggest false advertising case in the history of the Federal Trade Commission, Volkswagen will spend about $10 billion to compensate owners and lessees of VW and Audi 2.0 liter diesel cars. This week the FTC announced an agreement to settle claims that VW rigged 475,000 vehicles because they didn’t meet emissions […]

Warning: Powerball scam!

With Powerball players in 44 states ready to cash in on the largest jackpot in history, consumer advocates are warning that scammers will be looking to make money, too. Tonight’s winning numbers for the estimated $1.5 billion jackpot will be announced at 10:59 pm ET on WPFO FOX 23 and online, but the Better Business […]

Children’s cough syrup recall; what parents need to know

Children’s cough syrup sold at many retailers across the country, including CVS, Rite-Aid and Dollar General, is being recalled because dosing cups with the wrong markings were included in the packaging, triggering concern that children could get sick after an overdose. Pharmaceutical manufacturer Perrigo is voluntarily recalling several batches of its cherry and grape over […]

Your Top 10 Consumer Complaints

Cars, construction, and credit issues are topping this year’s list of top consumer complaints. The survey by by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI) of 37 agencies and 281,639 complaints across the country also revealed that identity theft is topping the list of fastest-growing complaints. “Considering the epidemic […]

Why LePage veto of ID theft protection bill could cost you

Consumer and financial advocates aren’t happy with Governor Paul LePage. LePage has vetoed a bill that could have helped protect Mainers from identity theft resulting from recent data breaches. LD 382 proposed eliminating the current fees to place a security freeze on your credit report. A security freeze locks access to your credit file so […]