COVID-19

Report | NHPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Auto Loan Complaints Rise

Pandemic worsens existing consumer problems with car buying in CFPB data

Resource | COVID-19

Auto loan complaints rise in pandemic

Purchasing a car is a minefield for consumers at even the best of times. Tricks and traps in the auto marketplace can leave consumers paying more for a car than they should — or, worse, to being victimized by predatory and abusive practices by auto dealers and lenders. Even before COVID-19, consumers buying or leasing a vehicle frequently faced scams, high-pressure sales tactics, and other problems.

Home safe for the holidays

By | Matt Wellington
Director, Public Health Campaigns

Public Health Campaigns Director Matt Wellington and Dr. Syra Madad detail how people can safely gather this holiday season in the era of COVID-19.

Why can I still buy toxic hand sanitizer?

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

The FDA doesn’t have the authority to stop retailers from selling dangerous over-the-counter products such as toxic hand sanitizer. Our safety system is broken, and we need to fix it. 

Tenant protections from eviction and utility cutoffs vary by state

By | Jacob van Cleef
Consumer Watchdog, Associate

The CDC implemented the eviction freeze on Sept. 4 to reduce the number of people on the streets who could get infected with and spread the COVID-19 virus. Landlords and other groups filed lawsuits attempting to strike down the halt on evictions, so the future of the policy remains uncertain.

Choosing the best way to pay: Cash, credit cards, debit cards, P2P, checks or online payments

Cash has long been king. That hasn’t changed during the pandemic, despite the push by some merchants to discourage customers from paying with cash.

News Release | U.S. PIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

Consumer complaints about COVID-19 fraud pass 200,000

Consumer complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the coronavirus exceeded 200,000 on Thursday, Sept. 17, with a total of more than $140 million in fraud losses. This release summarizes actions by 15 federal agencies to stop fraud related to Covid-19 and offers consumer tips to report fraud and protect themselves against scams.

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