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The Watchdog: Luring a company with perks can go awry
I want to tell you about one company that came to town with great fanfare. But when it left, not much was said. Until now. As The Watchdog will show in this cautionary tale, not every deal has a happy ending.
The Watchdog: Property tax protest tales ring true, costly
The Watchdog: IRS-Equifax deal can't help but fail
The Watchdog: Tax challenge accepted — and failed
My wife is ticked at me. She doesn't like it when I test a product or service as The Watchdog and it ends up hurting us. My latest mishap will cost our household hundreds of dollars. Frankly, it's embarrassing. You want to hear what happened?
The Watchdog: Fine print can make 'free trial offers' anything but
Called the company, and they said I signed a statement to receive it every month, and that if I didn't call after 14 days the items were not free. They charged me $300.
The Watchdog: How Twitter can stop a ripoff
Step 5: On a quiet Sunday afternoon (football season hadn't started yet), I decide to tweet my displeasure to Dollar, also known as @DollarCars.
The Watchdog: Hundreds of high school band members ripped off for thousands by a travel company
The Watchdog: AT&T has a merger to worry about — and customers, too
The Watchdog: A tip, post-breach: Don't trust Equifax
A security freeze is supposed to block outsiders from opening an account in your name because they don't know your secret PIN. (For a fraud alert, only one of three credit bureaus must be notified, but for a security freeze you must notify each bureau.
The Watchdog: We're on our own for property tax relief
I never paid attention to those boring quarter-page newspaper ads that appear every August and are bought by cities, counties and school districts. The ads announce the proposed tax rate for the coming year and accompanying public hearings. The ads display lots of numbers and confusing terms. Unless you're a government geek, they're hard to understand. But these notices are probably the most important public document local governments share with their tax-paying supporters.
The Watchdog: Come to this sales seminar and you won't get rich quick
The Watchdog: Mike Huckabee's on the phone ... quite a lot
The Watchdog: Texas’ electricity marketplace riddled with deceivers, manipulators and violators
How much trouble can one Texas electricity company get into? If you're super-huge Direct Energy, the answer is a jolt. Every few years, the mammoth British-owned company pays a steep fine to Texas regulators.