How to end up with some really shocking roaming charges

How do you end up with some really shocking roaming charges on your next wireless bill? Just ask SuryaPrateek Surampalli, who recently ran up more than $710 in roaming fees on a trip to India. Read more “How to end up with some really shocking roaming charges”

Is my car dealership lying to me? Here’s how to tell

This is the best time of year to buy a car. September and October are model changeover season when the new model year cars arrive — and the old ones are discounted. Not coincidentally, it’s also when more people ask: Is my car dealership lying to me? Read more “Is my car dealership lying to me? Here’s how to tell”

VRBO shared rentals are forbidden. So what happened here?

Franklin Wu just found himself in a bizarre rental nightmare. He prepaid $9,000 for a four-month apartment rental in Switzerland. And although VRBO shared rentals aren’t allowed, when he arrived, the host made it clear she wasn’t leaving. So he did.

But why did VRBO let the host keep his $9,000?

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This is how to easily lose $4,700 in the Beijing Tea House Scam

The Beijing Tea House Scam is one of the most well-known tourist traps around the Forbidden City. Unfortunately, Lawrence Andrews hadn’t heard of it until he had already become a $4,700 victim.  Read more “This is how to easily lose $4,700 in the Beijing Tea House Scam”

Here it is: The most preposterous hotel smoking fine of all!

David Fuller just got blindsided by a $250 hotel smoking fine. As a nonsmoker, he believes he is a victim of a money-grab scam by the proprietor. And after reviewing the facts of this case, I suspect you will too. Read more “Here it is: The most preposterous hotel smoking fine of all!”