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With an ever-changing marketplace, getting the biggest—and smartest—bang for your buck is a tougher challenge than ever these days. We work across a wide array of issues to help you build and protect Your Money.

NCL's #DataInsecurity Project aims to protect Americans’ personal information

databreach.jpgNCL recently debuted the first issue of The #DataInsecurity Digest, a twice monthly publication curated by NCL's own, John Breyault, to deliver important consumer-focused data security news, policy and news analysis, and information about upcoming events directly to your inbox. Click here to subscribe.

In 2013, there were 614 data breaches that led to more than 550 million identities compromised. New data breaches means more identity theft and other fraud, and more consumers facing financial loss, great inconvenience, and a loss of trust in the marketplace. That is why NCL is working on the #DataInsecurity Project -- to raise awareness about the need for reforms aimed at better protecting consumer data.

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Olive oil mislabeling: Are consumers catching on?

92_olive_oil.jpgThe food marketplace has come a long way in the past century. Before Upton Sinclair wrote “The Jungle,” consumers used to unknowingly eat rats and human body parts in their ground beef. Today, consumers assume they can walk into a grocery store and buy that is both safe and properly labeled. But this assumption is frequently wrong--NCL recently discovered that to be the case with many brands of "extra virgin olive oil."

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Beware: Online pet adoption scams

92_puppy_sale.jpgBringing a new puppy or kitten home is right at the top of many consumers’ wish lists. Unfortunately, scammers know all too well how emotionally connected we can get to idea of adopting a cuddly ball of fuzz. Since the beginning of 2015, NCL's Fraud.org has received a surge of consumer complaints about pet adoption scams. Learn how the scam works.

 

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Lovers, beware: 'Tis the season for romance scams

love_stinks.jpgThink you've found your Romeo or Juliet online? Experts are warning, especially this time of year, to be on the lookout for predators posing as the perfect sweetheart. These Romance Scams can be a long, drawn-out process--it takes a long time to kindle a relationship in which the victim might actually consider sending cash. We've heard from countless victims who were more than just unlucky in love. Read on to hear their stories.

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New NCL report raises concerns about food waste in U.S.

A new report published to coincide with Food Day reveals that America is one of the worst food waste offenders, tossing 35 million tons of food each year, and offers solutions for retailers and consumers. Released by the National Consumers League, the report finds that, worldwide, a quarter to a third of all food goes to waste, and in America, the figures are more stark: 40 percent of our food remains uneaten, and the numbers are trending upwards.

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