Charles Juntikka

November 18, 2016

Don’t Buy Gift Cards From Display Racks This Holiday Season

With gift card sales estimates at $24.81 billion this holiday season according to the National Retail Foundation, it is not surprising that scammers are targeting the gift card market. Here’s an example of a gift card scam that crooks have found to rob you of your gift card balance: Crooks jot down the gift card numbers […]
November 2, 2016

New Government Assistance for Identity Theft Victims

Identity theft is rising at an alarming rate. According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), identity theft complaints rose 47 percent in 2015 compared to the year before. For the past 15 years, complaints about identity theft remain among the top scams consumers report to the FTC. In order to combat this worsening problem and provide […]
October 24, 2016

Free Legal Help For Elderly Residents in Queens

St. John’s University Law School has a special program that can help some seniors with free legal help if they have become victims of financial scams. The service is available for low to moderate income residents of Queens that are 62 years old or older. The name of the program is “The Consumer Justice for the […]
September 29, 2016

500 Million Yahoo Accounts Stolen / What You Should Do

Yahoo announced that the account information of at least 500 million users was stolen by hackers in the biggest known theft of one company’s computer network. Yahoo said that user information – including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, encrypted passwords, and in some cases, security questions – was stolen. If you are a Yahoo […]
September 22, 2016

NYC Has Outlawed Running Credit Checks On Job Applicants

New York City has adopted a law barring most employers from checking a job candidate’s credit reports. The law makes it illegal to request or use a job applicant’s credit history in making a hiring decision in almost all cases. “Just because you’ve struggled with credit cards, medical bills or student loans does not make you […]
September 8, 2016

Complaints About How Banks Handle Checking Accounts Are On The Rise – What Banks to Avoid

Are you experiencing problems or getting frustrated with you bank? You are not alone. The federal consumer watchdog agency – the CFPB – recently published an article about banks with the most complaints. Some of the top complaints were: Complaints about overdraft fees and availability of funds: Consumers complained about overdrafts on their accounts occurring because […]
August 23, 2016

Charles Discusses Consumer Scams With The New York Times

Over the last decade there has been an explosion of consumer scams related to “subprime” lending. Banks and other lenders trap struggling families into paying enormous interest on credit cards, car loans, payday loans and other types of loans. The New York Times invited me to discuss “subprime” lending on their live Facebook video platform. Here […]
August 5, 2016

Wendy’s Data Breach / What To Do If Your Credit Card Information Was Stolen

Last month, Todd Penegor, the President and CEO of Wendy’s Company announced that some Wendy’s restaurants have been the victim of malicious cyber activity where customers’ credit and debit card information was fraudulently accessed. This activity was first detected in February this year and after an ongoing investigation, as many as 1,025 of its restaurants have […]
July 12, 2016

Use Caution Withdrawing Cash From ATM Machines

Police departments have reported an uptick in skimming devices on ATMs. Be sure to be wary of some ATM machines, especially those at convenience stores and gas stations. How The ATM Scam Works You need cash, so you stop at a convenience store or gas station. You head to the back of the shop and insert […]
June 27, 2016

Tax Questions? How To Make Appointments To Visit The IRS

Many people have questions about their federal taxes. However, it has become increasingly difficult to reach the IRS on the phone. A recent news story reported that 57% of callers could not get an IRS agent on the phone. Callers often had to wait on hold for 30 minutes or longer when they did get through […]