Rental housing prices are still seeing significant increases from last year. According to Rent.com the monthly cost of a one-bedroom apartment is up about 25% nationally. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa explains why this might be the time to stay put.
If you’ve taken out a payday loan the Better Business Bureau wants you to beware. According to a new report, victims of payday loan scams have lost close to half a million dollars in 2022. In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman explains the tactics scammers use when they try to rip you off.
Understanding your credit score can be a challenge, and when people have questions, they often turn to Google. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa looks at some of the top questions and gets some answers in this Watching Your Wallet.
Robotexts are skyrocketing as experts say scammers exploiting a law designed to slow robocalls. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman has expert advice on how to spot scams and avoid getting ripped off.
Military members and veterans make a commitment to service, but many say they are being let down when it comes to financial protection. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman looks into the more than 250,000 consumer complaints filed by service members, vets and their families and explains the impact credit mistakes can have on their future in the armed forces and lead to “Service Delayed”.
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The law allows states to create their own special education policies based on the federal IDEA framework. As a result, there are varying policies and parents are left trying to navigate complicated systems.
TransUnion says the average American has $5,000 in credit card debt and with rising interest rates that amount could grow. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa finds out how the recent fed rate hikes will impact your credit card rates.
High temps this summer mean you need to be on high alert for scammers posing as your utility company. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks the FTC and BBB about how to stay safe from utility scammers.
After the deaths of 13 children over the last 12 years, this summer, Fisher-Price and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warned parents not to let their children sleep in certain rockers the company has made since the 1990s. Now, InvestigateTV has discovered that during a 2021 Congressional hearing, the company dodged questions about whether it currently had products on the market linked to children’s deaths.
Scholarships and grants fund about 25% of educational costs every year says the non-profit research group Education Data Initiative. Scammers are taking advantage of that need for financial aid. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman explains the tactics used to defraud students.
More consumers are leaning on credit cards to cope with inflation, but a new study from NerdWallet shows many people don't know their interest rates. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa reports on why experts say that important number can help you manage debt.
First year college students across the country are getting ready to start the new school year. Tuition, books, and housing costs are budgeted, but what about the hidden college costs?In this Watching Your Wallet, Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has some expert advice on how to handle the hidden costs you may not have planned for as your child heads off to campus.
70% of families have at least one child who plays video games according to the Entertainment Software Association. And whether it’s cyber bullies or hackers, experts say you need to be aware of the potential threats. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down ways to protect you and your family in this Watching Your Wallet.
Fraudulent phone calls cost consumers nearly $700 million last year, according to the newest data from the FTC. The latest attack is scammers posing as your doctors office and probing for critical information. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman gets advice to help you avoid what experts call “ID spoofing”.
Kids often look for the latest fashions as they head back to school, but the cost of new clothes can quickly add up. In this Watching Your Wallet Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has suggestions for savings as you dress your child for the upcoming school year.
It’s a $60 billion a year industry that’s a relentless target for cybercriminals. According to a recent security report, web attacks against the global video game industry grew by 340 % in 2020. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has the security advice you need before you, or your children, get hacked and it's game over.
It’s a volatile housing market and first-time home buyers are feeling the pinch according to a new study from NerdWallet citing low inventory and stagnant incomes. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares what experts are telling people entering the market for the first time.
Nearly half of women say money issues negatively affect their mental health according to a new Bankrate survey. In this Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa breaks down the cause of women's stress and what experts say you can do during though times.
More than 25 million people relied on loans from those close to them to meet spending needs, according to the Census Bureau’s latest household pulse survey on finances. That figure is up from 19.1 million people from the same time last year.
Rising inflation has changed the way consumers save money, according to NerdWallet. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa has expert advice on how you can take advantage of increasing interest rates, while staying prepared for emergencies.
New tools on could help you build your credit score. Experian Boost and UltraFICO now use information from utilities, cell phone bills, and other recurring services to determine your credit worthiness.
Checking online reviews when shopping, researching vacations or even looking for a doctor has become an integral part of the modern consumer experience. But experts say many of the products or service reviews you’re reading were either bought or sold and completely fake. In “Five Star Fakes”, InvestigateTV found several posts on social media platforms where people are bartering - even buying and selling - online reviews, despite a federal law that prohibits this act.
A 2022 high school graduate will borrow on average $40,000 in student loans by the time they graduate college, according to a new NerdWallet study. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa shares advice from Elizabeth Renter of NerdWallet for students and parents.
Credit card debt continues to climb in the U.S. as experts say people will likely lean on their cards to offset rising prices and interest rates. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa spoke with a financial expert Elizabeth Renter from NerdWallet on the best ways to manage your debt.
In an effort to fight inflation, The Federal Reserve recently raised interest rates by half a percentage point, the biggest hike in two decades. Consumer Reporter Rachel DePompa talks with a financial consultant to explain what it means to your wallet.
If you do need to buy a big-ticket item like a car, Joyce says it’s best to have as much money as possible to put down, so you make your loan payment manageable and you don’t have to take out the loan for a long time.
Sometimes a surgeon is the salesman. Across the country, there are physician-owned distributorships where doctors own part of a medical device company and then buy (or have their hospital buy) that hardware to use in their own surgeries.
Cutting-edge computer technology designed to mimic the human brain is being used by hackers to create lifelike videos of celebrities and politicians. But now, bad actors are using this readily available tech to target everyday social media users in cryptocurrency scams.
In 2021 credit card balances fell more than they have in 20 years. But with high inflation and stimulus checks gone- experts say credit card use is soaring again. Rachel DePompa takes a look at how to navigate credit card balances in a world full of inflated prices.