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.

I paid for merchandise that I never received

Dear Consumer Ed:  I purchased custom shirts that were supposed to be ready within two weeks.  It’s now six months later and still no shirts. Is it a crime to take money and not produce the goods that you sold? What can I do?     

Car sold with wrong VIN number

Dear Consumer Ed:  A car dealer sold me a used car that was an automatic.  After purchasing it, my insurance company did a VIN number check, which indicated that the car had a manual transmission.

Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) on Vehicles Purchased Out-of-State

Dear Consumer Ed:  I live in Missouri and will be moving to Atlanta next month.  Will I have to pay the Title Ad Valorem Tax (TAVT) in Georgia, even though I already paid vehicle tax in Missouri?

Optometrist won't send revised claim to insurance company

Dear Consumer Ed:  I just had my eyes examined and my optometrist prescribed progressive lenses.  The cost for the new glasses was $650.

Builder damaged my yard

Dear Consumer Ed:  I have been dealing with a builder for over a year regarding damage done to my yard after they graded the home next door to mine. The damage has caused two sinkholes in my yard, but the builder maintains that there is no problem. What can I do? 

Towing company damaged my car

Dear Consumer Ed:  Two months ago my Corvette was towed for being illegally parked in front of a business.

Credit Card Balance Transfer Offers

Dear Consumer Ed:  I keep receiving 0% balance transfer offers in the mail from credit card companies.  I’m carrying a little extra debt right now. How can I determine if it’s a good idea to transfer my existing credit card debt to the 0% card?