Blog Posts By:

Teresa Murray,
Consumer Watchdog

Being a consumer is tough. We want to help make it a little easier. In recognition of Consumer Protection Week from Feb. 28-March 6, U.S. PIRG is providing key consumer protection advice. Check in here every day for our updated tips and tools. 

Here are some tips to help consumers protect themselves during and after a disaster, including how to spot possible opportunists, bad deals and con-artists.

Consumers still at risk for harmful over-the-counter drug products of all types because of soft federal regulations.

No, you don't have to pay a 'small processing fee' to claim your $600 payment

COVID-19 could push more stores and restaurants out of business soon

Con-artists are preying on people's fear of infection or desperation for money

Whether you have a loved one currently in a nursing home or rehabilitation facility, or whether you’re shopping for one, you should arm yourself with a list of questions to gauge how safe the environment is. Here’s a guide to those questions, and the answers you should expect.

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. 

Here’s a guide to your rights depending on how you pay

Good news: You may still be able to request a forbearance because of COVID-19