James O'Brien

James O'Brien

Writer, Reporter, Researcher

James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, the profession of writing, and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work "sponsored content done right".

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Another Facebook Scam; Now an Inquiry by an Attorney General

Ongoing problems with scams being run on Facebook -- including one that pretended be to from a state legislator -- has led to an inquiry by Connecticut's...

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AT&T Fined $745K for Customer Service Violations

AT&T is facing a $745,000 fine from Connecticut officials after they concluded the telecommunication giant failed to keep residents' landlines up ...

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Auto Lender Imposed Illegally Required Warranties - DailyFinance

State officials in New York want an allegedly deceptive auto lender to pay back its customers for what attorneys say were unscrupulous demands on would-be...

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Beware Shady Mortgage 'Helpers' Claiming Affiliation With Your Bank

State officials are warning homeowners to take a second look before leaping into "mortgage-assistance" deals offered by what appear to be companies tied to ...


Bret Michaels' Canceled Concert Draws AG's Attention for Refunds

Complaints about a concert promoter who did not issue refunds after a canceled Bret Michaels concert spurred state officials to take action in response to...


Capital Gains Tax: What You Need to Know in 2014

If you're prepared to pay higher taxes because of your income bracket -- especially if you're drawing on dividends, long-term investments, or sales of assets in the process -- then 2014 is a year to give special attention to the capital gains tax landscape.


Debt Collectors Warned After Companies Target Military Personnel

Following a series of debt-collection violations that victimized consumers, New York's attorney general has issued a stern warning to debt collectors.In...


Debt Management: Getting Out of Debt (Without Getting Burned)

From monthly payments to one-time lump-sum payoffs, the options of debt management plans and debt settlement can be complicated.


Don't Get Burned by a Bad Load of Firewood Bought Online

Call it getting burned, or a deal that's all wet: State officials are warning that some of this season's online firewood vendors are scamming consumers,...

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Do U Owe? States Want Debt Collection Rules to Apply to Texts, Cell Phones

States across the country are pushing for tougher consumer protection rules to address debt-collectors' use of cell phones and text messages, as well as...


Estate Planners and New Tax Rules: Changes to Know About in 2014 - DailyFinance

If you meet the threshold for estate taxes, think of 2014 as a landmark year in your planning. The rules surrounding exemptions and gifts have...

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Five Scams to Avoid When Traveling Abroad - DailyFinance

Online and other tech-based travel scams might get a lot of attention these days, but the Better Business Bureau is warning overseas tourists to watch out...

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Health Discount Scams Targeting Those Seeking Low-Cost Insurance - DailyFinance

As the nation's health care debate reheats, and effects of the recession grind on, state officials are battling scams that target consumers seeking...

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New Horizon Milk Under Fire Over Synthetic Ingredient - DailyFinance

Dairy conglomerate Dean Foods is again in the cross hairs of organic food advocates, with its Horizon brand under fire for allegedly adding a synthetic...

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New Warnings Issued About 'Grandparent Scam' - DailyFinance

New warnings are being issued across the country about a scam that targets grandparents who are tricked into believing a grandchild is in trouble.The...