Blog posts from the original On Your Side site.

Is this a scam? A surprise “foreign transaction” fee

Joanna Au bought roundtrip plane tickets to Hong Kong through Singapore Airlines' website. Even though the tickets were purchased in the United States, in dollars, she's being charged a three percent "foreign transaction fee" by her bank. Au feels scammed.
By |January 25th, 2012|OYS|33 Comments|

7 lessons consumers learned in 2011

2011 was quite a year, wasn’t it?
By |January 23rd, 2012|OYS|2 Comments|

Is this a scam? Are airlines really giving away “free” flights?

Dick Jordan became suspicious when he received the first postcard offering “two round-trip airfares to anywhere Southwest flies.” He's a loyal Southwest customer, but this seemed too good to be true – and he thinks it might be a scam.
By |January 16th, 2012|OYS|1 Comment|

Is this a scam? Even a “cleared” check is never really cleared

Bob Dolan thought the $1,750 check he received from a stranger had cleared with his bank. He thought wrong -- and now he believes he's been scammed.
By |January 10th, 2012|OYS|46 Comments|

Time to get political? Yes, and here’s how

Consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren is running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts and across the country, the Occupy Wall Street movement has taken hold as a grassroots consumer movement. Of course, there’s also Ralph Nader, who has made two unsuccessful presidential bids.

Is this a scam? A “cheap” credit score that costs a lot more

Carolyn Soucy thought she was getting a good deal on a credit score: Just $1 through a company called Experian Credit Monitoring.
By |January 4th, 2012|OYS|14 Comments|

12 things you shouldn’t do in 2012

They say 2012 is the year of the apocalypse, and while preventing the end of the world is beyond the power of this consumer advocate, there is one disaster I can definitely help you avoid: The apocalypse of your bank account.
By |January 3rd, 2012|OYS|1 Comment|