Articles by Russ Van Arsdale


Hidden transaction fees boosting costs for consumers

By Russ Van Arsdale on March 27, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.

Wire scams all too common

By Russ Van Arsdale on March 20, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
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Wanting what’s good for the marketplace

By Russ van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast Contact on Jan. 30, 2011, at 8:37 p.m.

Maine schools can compete, fight hunger

By Russ Van Arsdale on Jan. 23, 2011, at 3:40 p.m.
It’s not every day that students in Maine can help raise serious money to curb hunger. Now they can do so and take part in some friendly competition in the process.

Report aims to protect consumer privacy online

By Russ Van Arsdale on Jan. 16, 2011, at 6:54 p.m.
If you think that surfing the Web is a harmless pastime, think again. The Consumer Federation of America recently said people’s track records on social networking sites were used in some cases …

Reverse mortgage agreements can be complex

By Russ Van Arsdale on Jan. 09, 2011, at 7:40 p.m.

Fake charities can be a Grinch at holidays

By Russ Van Arsdale Executive director Northeast Contact on Dec. 19, 2010, at 11:27 p.m.
Charitable giving tends to peak at this time of year. The spirit of the holiday season seems to pervade, even during difficult economic times. That’s good, because many charitable organizations …

Intimidation used by swindlers baseless; ignore empty threats

By Russ Van Arsdale on Sept. 14, 2008, at 9:27 p.m.
Dishonest people try all kinds of tactics to steal our money. We’ve talked about a number of them in this column, from Nigerian scams to work-at-home schemes.

Preventing identity theft on the Web

By Russ Van Arsdale on Aug. 31, 2008, at 9:32 p.m.
The task of dealing with identity theft can be a daunting one. This is especially true when the thieves work through the invisible web surrounding many aspects of our lives, the Internet.