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California Man’s Tax Refund Garnished Over Parking Ticket For Someone Else’s Car

A California man’s state tax refund was heavily garnished over a parking ticket from a city he’s never been to, for a car he’s never owned.

05/14/2015

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Starbucks Auto Reload Accounts Become Target For Hackers, Bank Accounts Drained

One in six Starbucks customers now use mobile pay, many with auto-reload linked to their bank account, which automatically replenishes their Starbucks funds, when they get low. But hackers have managed to drain some customer’s account balances, and worse.

05/13/2015

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Internet Users Unknowingly Connect To Xfinity Public Wi-Fi, Become Vulnerable To Hackers

KPIX 5 ConsumerWatch reporter Julie Watts discovered that Xfinity public WiFi may automatically connect you to its public network without your knowledge, even at home.

05/11/2015

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1 In 3 Private Health Insurance Customers Receive Surprise Medical Bills

One in three Americans with private health insurance has been hit with a surprise medical bill, according to a new survey by Consumers Union. The study of 2,200 individuals also found consumers overall are confused when it comes to how to fight a surprise bill.

05/11/2015

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Couple Shocked By $555 Bill For 45 Gigs Of Data They Say They Didn’t Use

A lot of us are uploading, downloading and playing games, racking up a ton of data usage. But $555 in a single month? One local couple says it isn’t possible.

05/08/2015

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Bay Area D.R. Horton Homebuyers Accuse Builder Of Stalling Repairs

When you spend three quarters of a million dollars on a newly built home, you expect it to be picture-perfect. But some things you’re not going to notice until you move in. Even the problems you do notice may turn into a real headache to fix.

05/08/2015

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Stressed Out? These 3 Apps Can Help Calm Nerves

A growing number of websites and apps are now offering help with stress, anxiety and other common mental health issues.

05/05/2015

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California Consumers Can Collect Up To $600 If Repair Person Doesn’t Show

It’s a huge pain to wait hours for a repair person who doesn’t show up. But California consumers can get paid, in the case of a no-show.

04/24/2015

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Consumer Group Calls on Phone Companies to Stop Robocallers

There’s a new effort to stop robocallers from harassing people. Consumers Union has started a grassroots campaign, calling on the phone companies to do more to stop auto-generated calls that go out to thousands of people at a time.

04/20/2015

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Consumer Advocates Fighting Bill That Discloses Recalled Cars At Used Dealerships

A bill meant to protect you from driving off the used car lot in a recalled car is one step closer to becoming law, but consumer groups are not happy.

04/14/2015

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