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Urgent: Stop bad power deals

Over the last couple of weeks, the CUB Action Network has sent thousands of messages against AT&T’s plan to kill traditional home phone service, as well as plans from Nicor and ComEd to hit customers with a total of $300 million in rate hikes. And today, we ask that you…...

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Hate robocalls ➡ Sign Petition

CUB doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on key consumer issues—but here’s where we do agree: We hate robocalls. Any recorded call that tries to sell you something without your written permission is an illegal robocall. In fact, we were hit with about 2.4 billion robocalls a…...

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Act now! Fight irritating, illegal robocalls

Today, CUB asked Illinois consumers to sign a petition to fight illegal “robocalls.” It’s the perfect time to take action, now that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has urged big phone companies to give customers free technology to block these computer-generated telemarketing calls. We’re all annoyed by these…...

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Summer scam alert: Who’s knocking at the door?

CUB has issued a summer scam alert. Be careful about anyone knocking at your door, claiming to be from the utility. Read all about the “utility imposter” scam, and take our pledge to warn your neighborhood!...

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The guy at the door says he’s from the utility: Are you sure?

For more than 30 years CUB has battled Illinois utility companies to protect customers from exorbitant rate hikes–but we’ll stand with the utilities any day if it helps consumers avoid getting scammed. That’s why today CUB spoke at a news conference with ComEd, Peoples/North Shore Gas and Nicor Gas to warn…...

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Beware of utility imposters

More than 1,000 consumers have signed CUB’s petition asking legislators to help fight the utility imposter scam. In this awful scam, con artists knock on your door or call you, pretending to be from the regulated utility and demanding quick payment of a bill to avoid a service shut-off. It’s been…...

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CUB Action Network members give good advice!

Last week, CUB alerted consumers to the latest cons and rip-offs in Illinois.  We then asked you to share if you’ve heard about any other scams. Hundreds of CUB Action Network members spoke up, and we wanted to share some of the most common responses. Home Repair scams “Hail Storm has brought…...

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Avoid these scams!

Every day, it seems like we hear about new scams preying on innocent consumers.  Here are 3 of the nastiest you need to avoid: 1.) Tech support Scam: A representative calls claiming to be from Apple or Microsoft tech support.  They tell you that your computer has been infected with a virus…...

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Crackdown on Cramming

Did you know that  cell phone carriers can profit up to 40 percent on fraudulent third-party fees on your bill?  We were shocked, too.  Not only do these third parties “cram” charges for services you never ordered onto your bill, but wireless carriers are taking a cut! Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed…...

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