Rip-offs

Avoid the great ticket rip-off

Fed up with hefty booking and delivery fees? We reveal how ticket agents operate and how to avoid being scammed.

Just 10 weeks left to make a PPI claim - check you're eligible and avoid a claims management firm

Monday, 17 June 2019 | News

Consumers are being urged to check if they are owed money, with just 10 weeks to go until the deadline for Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) compensation claims can be made.

Payday loan disputes soar as complaints about financial services hit a five-year high

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 | News

Complaints about the financial services industry have hit a five-year high, with grievances about payday lenders surging, according to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

HMRC raises £5m from targeting tax-evading 'puppy farms'

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 | News

An HMRC task force has raised £5 million in tax, by targeting dog breeders selling puppies on the black market.

Households face a £877 rip off for loyalty to broadband, mortgage and other suppliers, says Citizens Advice as it issues 'super-complaint'

Friday, 28 September 2018 | News

Consumers are being ripped off to the tune of £4 billion a year by businesses that take advantage of their loyalty, say Citizens Advice.

Equifax fined £500,000 for failing to protect customers in data breach - how to protect your data online

Thursday, 20 September 2018 | News

Credit ratings agency Equifax has been fined £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) after failing to protect the data of 15 million Britons during a cyber attack in 2017.

Funny money: Britain’s top 'daylight robberies' revealed

Tuesday, 30 April 2019 | News

The cost of a wine at a fancy bar, high-street estate agent commission, restaurant service charges and veterinary bills are among some of the UK’s biggest rip-offs, according to a new study.

FCA warns over rising loan scams

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 | News

Borrowers are being urged to be on alert after victims lost £3.5 million to loan scams in 2017. 

Identity fraud cases reached record levels in 2017

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 | News

Identity fraud hit a record high in 2017, a worrying new report reveals.

Fight for your rights: Feeling blue over Stacees’ prom dress

Monday, 16 October 2017 | Article

Moneywise columnist Simon Read helps a reader who was sent the wrong dress by a clothing firm.

Funny money: Toblerone shrunk as weak pound piles on pressure

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 | News

Chocolate fans will be disappointed to hear that chocolatier Mondelez has taken the knife to another of its iconic brands, scooping 10% of the chocolate from two of its Toblerone bars.