How long does a doctor's office have to send you a bill?

Dear Consumer Ed:  How long does a doctor’s office have to send you a bill? One arrived from a doctor two years after the appointment.

What is the statute of limitations on credit card debt?

Dear Consumer Ed:  What is the statute of limitations on credit card debt?

Store scanning driver's license barcodes

Dear Consumer Ed:  I purchased a bottle of wine at my grocery store last week.  I showed them my driver’s license, as requested, and they proceeded to scan the barcode on the back of my license into some piece of equipment. In the past, they simply looked at my ID and typed in my birthdate.

Landlord overcharging for damages upon move-out

Dear Consumer Ed:  I moved into an apartment and paid a pet fee since I have a small dog.

Landlord overcharging for damages upon move-out

Dear Consumer Ed:  I moved into an apartment and paid a pet fee since I have a small dog.

What are "buyback" and "branded title" vehicles?

Dear Consumer Ed:  What do “buyback” and “branded title” mean on a used vehicle?

How can Medicare protect my Social Security number from being stolen?

Dear Consumer Ed:  I hate giving out my Social Security number, but there are times when you really do not have a choice.

Finding a reputable dog breeder

Dear Consumer Ed:  I want to get a Golden Retriever.  I looked online and found a dog breeder that is located about an hour away. They seem to be honorable, but how can I confirm that they are reputable before I proceed? 

Unwanted shipments following free trial offer

Dear Consumer Ed:  I responded to an online ad for a free trial offer of skin cream. I received the cream and my credit card was charged $4.95 as stated.

My Social Security number was compromised

Dear Consumer Ed:  I recently purchased a home and the closing attorney's office did not send my documents via encrypted mail, which resulted in the exposure of my personal information, including my Social Security number.