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Wells Fargo Shareholders Say Bank Staff “Rounded Up” Undocumented Workers As Part Of Phony Account Scamwells fargochrismorranconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:35:48 +0000

We’re all well aware by this point that Wells Fargo employees opened up more than 2 million bogus accounts in customers’ names in order to game the bank’s sales incentive/quota system. Some former bank staffers revealed what they claim are some of the tricks used to create these fake accounts — including rounding up undocumented day laborers at convenience stores …


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77-Year-Old Insurance Agent Pleads Guilty To Conning Customers Out Of $8.2Mfraudashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:04:32 +0000

A Pennsylvania insurance agent could spend more than five years in prison after pleading guilty for his part in a scheme that swindled millions of dollars from customers. Federal prosecutors accused 77-year-old John Hogan of running a 14 year-long promissory note scheme that bilked more than $8.2 million from clients. According to an indictment [PDF] filed in the …


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Coca-Cola: Dead Mouse Was Too Fresh To Be Found In A Coke Cancoke_can_overheadconsumerlaura

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:17:37 +0000

A South Dakota man claims he purchased — and drank from — a can of Coca-Cola that had a mouse sealed inside, making him ill and causing him to miss work. But the Coke folks say this just isn’t possible, since a mouse sealed in a soft drink can would have been more decomposed. The plaintiff bought bought the allegedly …


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United Airlines Reaches Confidential Settlement With Forcibly Removed Passengerunitedairlinesmarybethquirkconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:33:47 +0000

United Airlines and Dr. David Dao — the paying passenger who was forcibly removed from his seat to make room for an airline employee — have reached a deal that preempts a potentially lengthy legal battle. Though what that settlement entails will likely remain a mystery. On the same day that United announced several “substantial” changes to the way it …


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Toyota Recalls 228,000 Trucks Over Concerns About Loss Of Controltoyotaashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:26:01 +0000

Toyota is recalling 228,000 late model Toyota trucks over concerns that a leak may cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. The recall affects model year 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma trucks with rear differentials that may leak oil. According to the carmaker, if the vehicle is continuously operated with a leak, the rear differential could become damaged, which …


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Here’s The Timeline For The Likely Death Of Net Neutralityfccrightsidekcoxconsumer

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:42:44 +0000

New FCC Chair Ajit Pai vowed to kill off net neutrality if he could before he ever got the job, and yesterday he made good on his word, introducing a plan to roll back the reclassification of broadband as a vital piece of infrastructure and remove the FCC’s authority to insist on an internet where companies like Comcast, Verizon, Charter, …


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Feds Sue Four Online Payday Lenders For Collecting On Void Debtspaydayashleekielerconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:40:32 +0000

Last year, federal regulators released a report that found online payday lenders — despite their clean, professional websites — could be just as bad, if not worse, than their storefront counterparts. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provided yet another example of how these companies can wreak havoc on consumers’ finances by skirting the law.  The CFPB announced today …


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Taco Bell Will Offer Free Dinner Reservations At Its Test KitchenScreen Shot 2017-04-27 at 2.11.25 PMmarybethquirkconsumerist

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:20:12 +0000

It’s no Wonka Chocolate Factory, but if you’re into trying stunt food before anyone else, Taco Bell will be inviting a limited number of people behind the scenes for a free meal in its test kitchen. The fast food chain is partnering with OpenTable for a promotion that will let 32 customers make reservations at Taco Bell HQ in Irvine, …


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Why Does The Same Size Tide Bottle Say That It Washes 20% More Loads?tide_sidebysidefeatconsumerlaura

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:47:47 +0000

Reader Kelly found herself in a common consumer dilemma: She was confused about the marketing language on some detergent labels. Why did some bottles of Tide that were the exact same size as others on the shelf proclaim that they will wash “20% more loads”? When Kelly looked at the shelf to pick up a new bottle of Tide Sport, …


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New Home Depot Data Leak Exposes Gap In Consumer Privacy Protectionhomedepothighwaysignmegmarco

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:28:24 +0000

Recently, Consumerist received an anonymous tip pointing to an internet address that hosted digital images of bathtubs, garage doors, kitchen countertops, contractors at work on various projects, and customers picking out and paying for products in a home-center store. The site also hosted 13 Excel spreadsheets of customer records, including the full names, phone numbers, mailing addresses and email addresses …


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