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FTC sues to stop 'deceptive' TurboTax 'free' ad campaign

With millions of Americans scrambling to file their taxes in the next few weeks, the Federal Trade Commission asked a federal court to intervene to stop Intuit from claiming in ads that Americans can file for “free” using the company’s TurboTax software.... Read more»

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Scammers are using fake job ads to steal people’s identities

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Indeed, ads are popping up that promise well-paying jobs — if applicants provide their Social Security numbers and other details up front - and scammers then use the information to apply for unemployment benefits. ... Read more»

White House says executive order coming on labeling beef as a 'Product of USA'

The White House will unveil an executive order in the coming days that directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to clarify that meat can only receive a “Product of USA” label if that livestock is raised in the U.S. rather than abroad.... Read more»

Never pay debts with gift cards, new Arizona consumer program warns

Consumers will start seeing new “STOP” signs at gift card displays in many Arizona stores, part of an effort to fight a growing and costly fraud in which scammers – often posing as government officials – ask consumers to pay off a debt or penalty through gift cards. ... Read more»

Covid scams flourish despite efforts of health and law enforcement agencies

With the U.S. coronavirus death toll surging past 425,000 and the rollout of genuine vaccines painfully slow, bogus Covid-19 promotions are still going strong. The Justice Department, which reported receiving more than 76,000 tips about coronavirus scams by the fall, has filed at least 33 criminal cases, along with 13 civil actions seeking to halt the sale of fake vaccines, treatments or testing.... Read more»

Privacy fears rising as DNA test companies shift to new ventures

As genetic testing companies increasingly pivot to medical and pharmaceutical ventures, a regulatory gap in consumer privacy protections is drawing calls for change and even legislative proposals.... Read more»

A closer look at federal COVID contractors: Inexperience, fraud claims & a weapons dealer

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds.... Read more»

New study says some marketers of brain boosting supplements are flouting an FDA ban

Despite being banned, piracetam is widely available—and hugely popular—as a supplement promoted as boosting cognitive ability. Unintimidated by FDA warning letters, sellers are advertising this forbidden ingredient in online bazaars.... Read more»

In or out? Millions affected by Equifax breach must decide this week

As many as 3 million Arizonans whose personal data may have been exposed in a 2017 data breach have to decide by Tuesday whether to be part of a settlement with Equifax for that breach.... Read more»

Drugmakers master rolling out their own generics to stifle competition

A loophole in federal law allows drug companies to create their own generic drugs, snuffing out competition and costing consumers billions of dollars... Read more»

AG: Shop safe & smart for holiday gifts

The holidays are just around the corner and consumers are looking for deals in stores and online. To ensure safe shopping, Attorney General Mark Brnovich is offering the following tips.... Read more»

Congress rescinds rule limiting sale of Internet customer data

Approving a move initiated by U.S. Jeff Flake, the House voted Tuesday to repeal an Obama-era regulation that would have required internet service providers to get explicit consent before selling customer data, a policy that critics said would have stifled business.... Read more»

'Brain boosters' a gold mine for supplements industry but benefits hotly disputed

Concerns about Alzheimer's and other brain-wasting diseases have fueled booming sales of dietary supplements. But experts question the benefits.... Read more»

Facebook doesn't tell users everything it really knows about them

The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives, including their income, the types of restaurants they frequent and even how many credit cards are in their wallets.... Read more»

Tucson funeral homes get high marks in national survey

Tucson “stacks up fairly well” in a recent report on potentially misleading pricing policies for cremation services, with all but one of the city’s funeral homes surveyed found to be in compliance with federal rules.... Read more»

Health gadgets and apps outpace privacy protections

In 2009, Congress asked for recommendations on what to do about information that falls outside the privacy law known as HIPAA. Tuesday, health officials released their report, but offered no suggestions. ... Read more»

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