Foreign Student Charged $4,240 for Taxi Ride

Free Uber this is not. A Chinese student was fleeced for $4,240 after a taxi driver at O'Hare Airport scammed the University of Illinois student (who spoke little English) by lying to him that there were no more buses heading to Champaign that evening. » 9/01/13 5:41pm 9/01/13 5:41pm

Why You Shouldn't Trust The Internet's Most Exotic Car Dealer

The 750-horsepower, $3.9 million Lamborghini Veneno is one of the most outrageous cars of all time. The only real problem with it is that there is only four of them, making ownership a pipe dream — unless you get with Refined Marques, who say they can hook you up with one. Here's why you shouldn't trust that claim. » 8/13/13 3:31pm 8/13/13 3:31pm

Tips To Make Me Want To Respond To Your Craigslist Ad

We all have been there; browsing the classifieds on Craigslist. You see a car that sounds pretty good so you click it. And then, it all goes downhill. No pictures. A specs sheet copied and pasted from Edmunds. A one sentence blurb saying “Call so and so for a showing at 555-555-5555.” The ones that speak no english.… » 7/19/13 2:13pm 7/19/13 2:13pm

Woman Used Ambulance Like a Taxi, Ignoring the Social Contract

The social contract is a sacred thing, and, in the vacuum of constant police surveillance in which most people carry on with their daily-chores, we count on strangers to follow a few unstated or quietly stated rules that help society run with greater efficiency. Don’t sneeze into a crowd of people with one’s mouth… » 4/28/13 9:39pm 4/28/13 9:39pm

Glenn Beck To Fans: "Oh Lordy, Won't You Buy Me A Mercedes-Benz"

Back in 2003 Fox News' chief-crazy-question-asker Glenn Beck asked fans to each send him a dollar towards his personal purchase of a Mercedes-Benz S600. Beck even set up a still-active-to-this-day PayPal account to facilitate donations. Whatever happened to that? » 12/22/09 3:30pm 12/22/09 3:30pm

Scammers Using Toyota's Name To Rip Off Consumers

By way of Toyota's own Open Road Blog is word of a new scam using Toyota's name in vain to obtain financial info for use in identity theft and raiding bank accounts. The scam involves a letter and sometimes an included check branded with Toyota's logo. A couple of different forms of the scam are circulating — one of… » 4/25/08 12:20pm 4/25/08 12:20pm

A Hummer Won't Get You The Love, Hummer You Really Want

As much as the Internet is powered by ads, you probably don't want to go too far down the Google AdWord rabbit hole because you might be frightened by what you find. In this case a search of Hummer served up a steamy ad claiming » 4/02/08 4:45pm 4/02/08 4:45pm

It's an excellent question. Is that what we want in our life? Maybe this site is offering…

Life Lesson #427: Don't Buy Parts From Registered Sex Offenders

Finding the right parts for your project car can be tough. Who can you trust these days? As we learned with the Unique Performance saga, even seemingly reputable businesses can turn out to be suspect. Things get even tricker when buying things over the web, as this horny car-jacking victim discovered. Thankfully, we've … » 2/28/08 12:40pm 2/28/08 12:40pm

Rules of the Road: How Not to Get Dehorsed When Buying a Car

The purchase of an automobile is one of the major financial decisions you'll make in your life. And if you're a reader of this site, it's probably one of the major decisions you make in your life, period. Unfortunately, unscrupulous car dealers are waiting to prey on ambitious consumers. The most insidious way this… » 11/23/07 3:00pm 11/23/07 3:00pm