Consumer Protection http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/promises-promises-scammers-target-student-loans-unclaimed-property-and-government-grants <p>Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.</p><p>Here are four recent alerts worth noting:</p><p><strong>1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies</strong></p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:18:35 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38100 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants Illinois A.G. Leads Multi-State Investigation Into Target Breach http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-ag-leads-multi-state-investigation-target-breach <p></p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning consumers to monitor more than just their credit card statements in the wake of big data breaches at Target and Neiman Marcus stores.</p><p>Madigan, along with Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, is leading a multi-state investigation into the Target breach.</p><p>Target revealed in early January that names, addresses, and phone numbers were among the information stolen, increasing the risk of identity theft.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 06:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33121 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois A.G. Leads Multi-State Investigation Into Target Breach Consumer advocates press Enterprise to endorse recall legislation http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/consumer-advocates-press-enterprise-endorse-recall-legislation <p>Consumer advocates are pressing Enterprise Rent-a-Car to support a bill to keep rental cars that are subject to federal recall&nbsp;off the road.</p><p>Joan Bray of the Consumers Council of Missouri says while the St. Louis-based company has agreed in principle, it should endorse a Congressional amendment named for two sisters who were killed while driving a PT Cruiser under recall.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 19:41:02 +0000 Joseph Leahy 3173 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Consumer advocates press Enterprise to endorse recall legislation