Consumer Reports: The dangers of painkillers

Updated 3 hours ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Prescriptions have climbed 300 percent in the past decade, and drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone are the most commonly prescribed medications, according to a recent Consume..
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Make telemarketers pay you

Updated 1 day ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

FORT MYERS, Fla.- WINK News found you can sue telemarketers up to $1,500 per call. According to the Telephone Consumers Protection Act or TCPA, it is illegal for a telemarketer to ..
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WINK News anchor fights to clear name after ID theft

Updated 3 days ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the country, according to the FBI, with a new victim every two seconds.And it can happen to anybody.WINK News aske..
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Woman out $17,000 after company files her taxes incorrectly

Updated 6 days ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- A Port Charlotte woman claimed H&R Block filed her taxes wrong for the last six years, costing her thousands of dollars. Suzanne Kyre told WINK News when ..
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Laser strikes: "A real threat to aviation safety"

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Haley Hinds

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA - It's a prank that can send you to prison: aiming a laser pointer at an aircraft.In the last few years, reports of laser strikes have gone up at alarming levels ..
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Consumer Report: How to find the best freebies

Updated 1 week ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Lee County, FL.- If you think there is no such thing as a free lunch, think again. WINK News found the best ways to hunt down a 'freebie.' Kalyn Brooke, author of CreativeSavingsBl..
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Customer: Mail delivery stops because carrier can't U-turn

Updated 2 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

ARCADIA, Fla.- An Arcadia man claimed his mail has ceased for several days in the last two months because the postal deliverer refused to U-turn in his driveway. Hendrik Dolleman l..
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Consumer Alert: New tool that fixes clogged drains

Updated 1 day ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports has tested a mechanical tool that fixes clogged drains affordably and without using harmful chemicals. Between plumbers and drain cleaners that are purchased at th..
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Consumer Alert: Laundry detergent pods could be dangerous

Updated 2 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports found there have been more than 20,000 calls to poison control centers since the laundry detergent pods became mainstream in 2012. Michelle Rohde's toddler Alex bi..
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The answer to payment security may be in a 'token'

Updated 3 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Tokenization is a practice where a random number or barcode replaces a credit card number in order to protect a person's payment information. The practice has been around for a num..
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Tow truck dumps woman in empty parking for better call

Updated 3 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

CAPE CORAL, Fla.-A Cape Coral towing service is being investigated for 'double dipping' on calls after it dropped a woman in a Publix parking lot to respond to a higher paying call..
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Consumer Alert: What your phone's apps are tracking

Updated 3 weeks ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Your smartphone’s apps may be tracking your location, contacts and other personal information. The average American has 32 apps on their phone, but many are not aware of what..
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You could be sued for a bad online review

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Companies are using certain clauses in contracts to prevent consumers from writing negative online reviews. From wedding vendors to plumbing services, you need to watch for certain..
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Consumer Alert: Graco double stroller fails brake test

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

A recent Consumer Report test found one of Graco’s double strollers’ brakes fail after a certain incline. During a routine test held by Consumer Reporters, Graco’..
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Consumer Report: Some sunscreens fail SPF test

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Lindsey Sablan

Consumer Reports found 18 of 20 sunscreens tested fall below the advertised SPF on packaging. To test, Consumer Reports applied sunscreen to panelists' backs and had them soak in a..
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Comcast to roll out in-home WiFi hotspots next month

Updated 1 month ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

FORT MYERS, Fla. - You may not have to share your in-home internet access password with the in-laws next time they visit.  Starting next month, Comcast will debut a new servic..
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EXCLUSIVE: WINK gets update on Tampa VA Hospital

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Megan Contreras

TAMPA, Fla.- Pictures taken inside the James A. Haley VA Center in Tampa show dirt, mold, and out of service elevators. The stepfather of wounded veteran Corey Kent returned to the..
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Better Business Bureau warns of scammers using their name

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Scammers strike every single day. When you're the victim, there is one group in particular that you can turn to. But now, thieves are targeting that too. Con-ar..
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Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida for two decades

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Ryan Kruger

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Forget what you think you know. Medical marijuana has been legal in Florida for more than two decades, for some people."The state of Florida has allowed medica..
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Run your home by phone, but consider safety drawbacks

Updated 2 months ago   
By: Cayle Thompson

Is the future here? More and more products are available to control your home’s lights, locks, and appliances from an app on your smart phone or tablet. Consumer Reports has ..
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