When I first began covering credit freezes, I was shocked that the bureaus would not let me freeze my child’s credit, widely believed to be the single best tool to prevent financial ID theft.
By now, most people know that their social security number is the key to their identity, so they need to be very judicious about who they share it with. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that the credit bureaus required me to give my number to an unidentified foreign call center rep.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are coming together following a report that revealed the state is putting millions at risk for identity theft by printing full social security numbers on documents being mailed.
There are chemicals in many sunscreens that can be harmful to kids’ developing bodies.
Building inspectors are extra busy following a deadly deck collapse in Berkeley that sent 13 people plunging to the ground.
While covering a story on cell phone radiation, reporter Julie Watts asks a personal aside: “How dangerous is it that I keep two cellphones and a wireless baby monitor in our bedroom where my child sleeps? ” The response prompted her to declare her bedroom wireless-free.
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.
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.
We’d all love to feed our little angels an all-organic diet, but who can afford it when organic produce can cost almost 50% more? This is a great resource to help parents narrow down when you should go out of your way to buy organic, and when you can get away with running by the corner store to grab an avocado on the way home from work.
A Bay Area based company is trying to convince Californians to get serious about saving water by handing out cash.