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 April 26, 2005
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�Do you have a consumer problem you need help solving? Contact our Call for Action Center Monday through Thursday from 11:00am - 1:00pm (401)228-1850�
401k Theft
401-k theft federal officials say it's happening at an alarming rate. What can you do to make sure the money taken out of your paycheck each week actually goes where it's supposed to?  Call 12 for Action uncovers this very scary scam.
Coupons and Rebates for Medications
Call 12 for Action has learned that most major drug makers now offer discounts, even free gifts for particular medications. They say it's a way to save patients money. But some worry that patients may choose money over medicine.
Identity Theft
Does shopping online make you feel leery?  If so, listen to this.  Call 12 for Action learns that when it comes to safety, cyber may actually be the way to go.
Prepayment Penalties
Your efforts to save cash may actually cost you a lot more than you think. Call 12 for Action found that trying to pay off a loan too soon may cost you big.
Beware of fraudulent debt management companies
If you're up to your neck in bills and feeling the squeeze from debt collectors beware of fraudulent debt management companies. The FTC Reached a settlement with three companies who they say has cost consumers millions in added debt and penalty
ATM Fees
Do you use your ATM card at another bank�s machine? If so, you may be part of a class action lawsuit that seeks millions of dollars in restitution. The suit alleges that these banks are breaking the law by not disclosing ATM fees out
Blockbuster customers can recoup restocking fees
(WTNH, Mar. 29, 2005 5:55 PM) _ If you don't tell the truth then you face the consequences. Those are the words today from the state Attorney General to Blockbuster concerning its no late fees program.
We Expose The Fakes For The Real Deal
We expose the fakes for the real deal. Counterfeiters are selling retailers a bill of goods and good hearted consumers are caught in the middle.
If You Make Money on Auction Websites, You May Have To Answer To The IRS
Online sellers who make big money on eBay or any other auction site, may have to answer to the IRS!
"Odor" prompts recall of turkeys sold at Shaw's
(St. Pauls, N.C.-AP, Mar. 25, 2005 4:15 PM) _ A North Carolina company is recalling fresh turkeys supplied to Shaw's and Star Markets.
Cookie dough recalled because of unlabeled egg ingredient
(Washington-AP, Mar. 24, 2005 12:55 PM) _ A Minnesota company is recalling frozen sugar cookie dough after discovering that the product contains unlabeled egg ingredients, which poses a risk of severe reactions in people allergic to eggs.
Countertop Warranty
Kerry Beaudry�s countertops lacked luster after an accidental spill. She thought the company would put the shine back after all the counters were still under warranty, but when she called there was
Daimler Chrysler
We've been investigating this story for 2 years. It started when a local woman contacted us after her car went into reverse without warning. It took hundreds of complaints and even a death before Daimler Chrysler initiated a recall just this summer. But some consumers say the company stops short of its responsibility leaving them in a dead
Graco agrees to pay $4 million to settle charges of alleged product reporting violations
(Washington-AP, Mar. 22, 2005 1:10 PM) _ Graco Children's Products Inc. has agreed to pay a record $4 million to settle charges that it belatedly reported problems with car seats, high chairs, strollers and other products that resulted in hundreds of injuries and at least six deaths.
Complaints of Cottman Transmission
It's an exclusive investigation that uncovered a business in receivership, employees quitting, leaving customers in the middle of a mess and wondering whether their cars will ever be fixed. For Lou McSweeney his van is his pride and joy.
Salty Water
Salty water! Call 12 For Action finds out it's not just affecting one Rhode Island family...it's a problem in 8 towns. They all believe it's the DOT's problem, but when one family tried to get answers, they never expected to be caught in a dry spell.
DSW Nationwide Shoe Store
If you've paid by credit card at DSW lately, your identity may be in jeopardy. Federal officials say a hacker ripped off credit card numbers of thousands of unsuspecting consumers.
FDA alerts hospitals not to use possibly contaminated IV solution
WASHINGTON Federal regulators have alerted hospitals nationwide not to use a solution commonly used on heart patients.

It may be contaminated with the bacteria...

Priceline's mysteries explained
UNDATED Sascha (SAH'-shuh) Segan swears by Priceline-dot-com.

He says next week, he's paying 104 dollars a night for a hotel room that's 206 on the hotel's own Web site,...

Perdue recalls chicken strips for possible underprocessing
(Washington-AP, Mar. 17, 2005 7:03 PM) _ Perdue Farms Inc. is recalling about 230,700 pounds of fully cooked chicken breast strips that went to Subway restaurants throughout the eastern United States because they may have been underprocessed, the Agriculture Department said Thursday.
ATV and yarn recall
A.t.v.'s are extremely popular in Rhode Island. But now, suzuki is recalling 30-thousand of them. Water can enter the throttle lever case and freeze causing it to become stuck and fail to return to
Liar, liar
UNDATED Seventy-one percent of us own up to financial fibbing of one kind or another, according to a new Money magazine survey.

Money senior writer Ellen McGirt says the...

Don't just complain about air travel
UNDATED Many people might describe flying as a pain -- or worse -- but they may not know about recent developments that could make the experience less trying.

Lead travel...

Low prices, high satisfaction
UNDATED From cramped cabins to flight delays to food that now costs extra, there are lots of things that air travelers can complain about it.

But they have the fewest...

Prepared tuna salad recalled because of possible health risk
(Haverhill, Mass.-AP, Mar. 14, 1005 9:05 PM) _ The manufacturer of prepared tuna salad is conducting a voluntary recall because of possible contamination.
120,000 lights recalled because pieces can fall down on people
(Washington-AP, Mar. 11, 2005 3:01 PM) _ Lithonia Lighting is recalling about 120,000 lights after receiving several reports of pieces falling from the fixtures, the government said Friday.
500,000 Black and Decker blenders recalled because blades can break
(Washington-AP, Mar. 11, 2005 7:37 AM) _ About 500,000 Black and Decker blenders are being recalled because their blades can weaken or break.
Small cars earn poor ratings in side-impact crash tests
(Detroit-AP, Mar. 7, 2005 6:26 AM) _ The Dodge Neon, Ford Focus and Volkswagen's New Beetle are among the small cars that got the lowest safety rating in new side-impact crash tests performed by an independent, nonprofit organization.
Nearly 3 million metal charms recalled because of lead poisoning risks
(Washington-AP, Mar. 3, 2005 8:30 AM) _ A New Jersey company is recalling about 2.8 million metal charms sold at Michaels Stores and other arts and crafts retailers because they contain high levels of lead, the government said Thursday.
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