When a company learns a product it sells could be defective and dangerous, it has 24 hours to let the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission know about it. But it could take months or years for the public to find out about the company’s possible concerns, if they even come to light at all. InvestigateTV has been battling CPSC and companies to disclose information about the products companies have sounded the alarm on – an alarm that remains relatively silent.
High temps this summer mean you need to be on high alert for scammers posing as your utility company. Consumer Investigator Caresse Jackman speaks the FTC and BBB about how to stay safe from utility scammers.
Sometimes a surgeon is the salesman. Across the country, there are physician-owned distributorships where doctors own part of a medical device company and then buy (or have their hospital buy) that hardware to use in their own surgeries.
Cutting-edge computer technology designed to mimic the human brain is being used by hackers to create lifelike videos of celebrities and politicians. But now, bad actors are using this readily available tech to target everyday social media users in cryptocurrency scams.
A trip to the emergency room can instantly change your life - not just medically, but financially as well. Americans are burdened with at least $140 billion in outstanding medical debt according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. But help is out there. Consumer Investigator Rachel DePompa speaks with experts on the frontline aiding those “Diagnosed with Debt”.
The FBI said the scam starts when someone contacts you by phone or email pretending to be a representative from your mobile phone carrier. Once the fraudster gets your personal information, they call your service provider and report a lost or stolen sim card.
Certified pre-owned cars are a hot ticket with sales forecasted to break records in 2022. But is that certification worth the extra cost and are the inspections all they claim to be? In this Consumer Crackdown, national investigator Sandra Jones explains what to look for.
Experts say hackers aren’t just taking over your social media accounts, but many are stealing pictures and videos to create a completely new you, and in some cases, it’s a profile that’s up to no good.
The Federal Trade Commission said the recent short supply of at-home COVID tests and long lines at testing sites opened the door for potential scams, with fraudsters targeting your money and your peace of mind.
It takes years for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to remove dangerous products from the market because of its cumbersome rule-making process and ineffective recalls that don’t incentivize consumers to return or destroy dangerous items.
Over the course of the pandemic the FTC, along with the Food and Drug Administration, has sent out cease and desist letters to more than 400 companies and individuals urging them to remove unproven claims that their product treats or prevents COVID-19.
By Lylla Younes, Ava Kofman, Al Shaw, Lisa Song and Maya Miller
InvestigateTV partnered with ProPublica to look at hotspots where toxic chemicals may significantly raise the risk of cancer. The ProPublica map portrays EPA data in a way never before visualized in this way.
By Jill Riepenhoff, Daniela Molina, Jamie Grey and Lee Zurik
Every year millions of dollars flow to nursing homes from a fund that is padded with fines collected from long-term care facilities that inspections show have put the health and safety of residents in jeopardy.
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday against the Texas Department of Public Safety alleges “a culture of cronyism and outright corruption.” The suit claims policy violations have led to crimes being covered up and impacted high-profile cases, including a Longview murder case.
An 11th Lufkin business has been hit by someone trying to use money marked "For Motion Picture Use Only". According to Lufkin police, officers were called out to Kurth Grocery in the 800 block of Kurth Drive around 8:49 p.m. Tuesday night.
Railroad cars blocking a busy Lufkin highway have been cleared and traffic on Loop 287 began flowing normally Tuesday morning. However, but the majority of the 58-64 rail cars remain grounded after 80mph winds knocked the cars from a railroad bridge to the highway underneath.
An East Texas judge has come under fire for allegedly including a requirement of marriage in his criminal probation. After reports of the unusual marriage order Judge Randall Rogers gave a Tyler man in July, other East Texas residents came forward with similar accounts.