News in September 2005

  • 29 Sep 2005Water charge grievancesComplaints about the cost of water services in England and Wales have soared by more than 150 per cent in the past 18 months, according to an industry watchdog.
  • 26 Sep 2005Counterfeit goods raidForty thousand smuggled cigarettes and other counterfeit goods have been seized after police and customs officers swooped on markets across Manchester.
  • 22 Sep 2005Bogus prize scamsConsumers are losing up to a billion pounds a year to mass-marketing fraudsters whose cons include falsely claiming you've won a prize - but must pay to get it.
  • 21 Sep 2005Crazy frog ringtonesThe company behind the Crazy Frog ringtone craze has been rapped by a watchdog after parents complained that children were being tricked into running up huge bills.
  • 15 Sep 2005Car servicing kitemarkA new scheme has been unveiled which aims to protect motorists from dodgy garages and rogue mechanics.
  • 13 Sep 2005Songs on your mobileAppleand Motorola have announced the world's first mobile phone with iTunes.
  • 12 Sep 2005Spammers convictedBritish companies who illegally spam consumers' mobile phones with calls and messages have had their own wake-up call from a landmark case in the Irish courts.
  • 08 Sep 2005'Cut petrol tax' callTwo motoring organisations are calling on Gordon Brown to tackle rising oil prices by radically changing the way the government collects tax on petrol.
  • 06 Sep 2005Beetle threat to treesGardeners are being asked to look out for a Chinese, tree-destroying beetle after several were found in the UK.
  • 02 Sep 2005Hardy importsA new study by Gardening Which? has found many exotic plants can weather even a bitingly cold British winter - with the right care.
  • 01 Sep 2005PlayStation PortableSony's new portable games console finally went on sale today in the UK as shoppers scrambled to get one.
  • 01 Sep 2005Beat the petrol hikesAs fuel prices soar, so does demand for smaller and more economical cars.
  • 01 Sep 2005Finance firm helpWhich? is proposing a pioneering partnership with the financial services industry to restore battered consumer confidence.

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