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Consumer Confidential

Consumer Confidential With David Lazarus
As the sharing economy grows, so do the scam attempts

Jerome Jacques received a call the other day from a production company looking to rent his hilltop Malibu house for a movie shoot.

He asked how they found out about his home. The answer: They saw it on Airbnb.

Which was a problem.

"I don't list my house on Airbnb," Jacques told me.

The so-called sharing economy, dominated by the likes of Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, has attracted millions of consumers.

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Want control over your cable bill? Move to Canada.

It's not that Canada is perfect. It's just that Canadians are really good at dealing with important things.

Take your pick — healthcare, gun control, same-sex marriage, political donations — the Canadians have proved themselves capable of having grown-up discussions and finding reasonable, common-sense solutions.

Down here, it's business as usual, even if that business routinely fleeces consumers.

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Martin Shkreli isn't alone in ripping off patients with crazy drug prices

Congress tried to show it feels America’s pain over high prescription-drug costs by calling Martin Shkreli to account Thursday.

Shkreli is the former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, currently out on $5-million bail after being charged with securities fraud and conspiracy. He became the face of Big Pharma greed after jacking up the price of a one-of-a-kind infection medication by 5,000%.

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Why is the UC system investing in a payday lender accused of trapping people in perpetual debt?

The University of California makes money when American workers become trapped in endless cycles of high-interest debt.

That's because the university has invested millions of dollars in an investment fund that owns one of the country's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, which has branches throughout Southern California.

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Martin Shkreli isn't alone in ripping off patients with crazy drug prices

Congress tried to show it feels America’s pain over high prescription-drug costs by calling Martin Shkreli to account Thursday.

Shkreli is the former head of Turing Pharmaceuticals, currently out on $5-million bail after being charged with securities fraud and conspiracy. He became the face of Big Pharma greed after jacking up the price of a one-of-a-kind infection medication by 5,000%.

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Don't expect this 'award' to help you enter college

The official-looking Certificate of Selection for Award comes in a thick red envelope along with a three-page letter and supporting materials.

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