Review this! Travelers fed up with solicitations

Is it my imagination, or are travel companies getting pushier?

The come-ons include repeated invitations to return to a hotel or restaurant, high-pressure pitches to “like” a company’s Facebook account and urgent requests for positive online reviews. As summer vacations fade into memory, the aggressiveness has never been more obvious.

You’re overpaying for groceries, but here’s what you can do about it now

It’s not your imagination. Your grocery bills are rising.

Maybe it’s the season. The Wednesday before the Thanksgiving holiday is historically the busiest day of the year for grocery shoppers, as Americans drop a figurative cornucopia of cash on turkey, trimmings, pie and their beverage of choice.

Then again, it could be the business.

Government will announce crackdown on robocalls tomorrow — what took them so long?

These are hard times for “robocallers” — the companies with those annoying automated systems that call you at the exact time you sit down to dinner, with a prerecorded message. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed new rules limiting unwanted telephone solicitations. And the Federal Communications Commission tomorrow plans to announce a crackdown on companies making robocalls.

Is the Federal Trade Commission snoozing while the travel industry comes unraveled?

It’s been nearly a decade since the Federal Trade Commission launched Operation Travel Unravel, a sweeping program that targeted travel industry fraud in America. Since then, the agency’s only major travel-related initiative — apart from an enforcement action or two — appears to have been to launch an interactive game designed to increase consumer awareness of travel industry mischief.

Travel and timeshare fraud cases more than double in 2007, says government

The number of travel and timeshare complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission nearly doubled last year, jumping from 6,712 cases to 14,903 cases. As a whole, the travel category rose from 12th to 9th place, accounting for roughly 2 percent of all consumer grievances received by the federal agency.

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