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Man lost $124,000 in Amazon scam. Here are 10 ways to keep it from happening to you

June 17, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

In the last few weeks, two residents from Greater Cleveland have been ripped off for thousands of dollars by con-artists claiming to be from Amazon. In one case, an elderly man lost more than $100,000.

While businesses are permitted to charge higher prices in response to market forces, they aren’t allowed in states with price gouging laws to increase prices excessively to take advantage of a emergency such as the pipeline shutdown, a hurricane or the pandemic. 

Gas prices on the rise in your state? Here's how to report price gouging

May 12, 2021

By Teresa Murray, Consumer Watchdog

Gas prices shot up this week to their highest levels in seven years, largely because of the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline last weekend following a cyber attack.

The national average for gasoline has jumped 8 cents per gallon in the last week, to $3.01, according to AAA. It’s the first time the national average hit $3 since 2014.

A scorecard released by U.S. PIRG Education Fund found that many popular cosmetic brands score poorly on ingredient safety and disclosure. While companies and governments need to take action to protect consumers, in the meantime, you can take steps to keep your personal care routine safe.

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Report: Getting off the hook of a predatory tow in Pennsylvania

PennPIRG Education Fund identified 14 common sense towing protections that should be available to consumers in every state. Pennsylvania currently has 6 out of the 14 protections that we identified.

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Pennsylvania Towing Protections

Download the two-pager to see Pennsylvania's towing protections. 

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Getting off the Hook of a Predatory Tow

PennPIRG Education Fund identified 14 common sense towing protections that should be available to consumers in every state, and researched which states offer those safeguards.

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