Congratulations, you’ve won a free $1,000 gift card – just click here to redeem it!

If you clicked on this story for your “free” gift card, you’ll definitely want to keep reading. I’ve issued plenty of warnings about “free” products and some of you, dear readers, think I’ve gone too far.

After all, aren’t some of the best things in life free?

Perhaps. Read more “Congratulations, you’ve won a free $1,000 gift card – just click here to redeem it!”

What you don’t know about billing cycles will blow your mind

Billing cycles can really mess with your head.

Don’t take my word for it. Consider what happened to Michael Dearing, a registered nurse from Chicago, when Comcast adjusted — or in his words “played with” — his billing cycles recently. Read more “What you don’t know about billing cycles will blow your mind”

A late night call from her “granddaughter” leads to a $4,000 loss

Have you heard of the “Grandparent Scam?” One of our readers wrote to us for help after a version of that ruse cost her more than $4,000. Read more “A late night call from her “granddaughter” leads to a $4,000 loss”

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. Read more “Review this! Travelers fed up with solicitations”

I want to receive Royal Caribbean’s promotional emails. Why won’t they send them?

Keith Johnson can’t seem to subscribe to Royal Caribbean’s promotional emails. Maybe he needs help from an advocate. Read more “I want to receive Royal Caribbean’s promotional emails. Why won’t they send them?”