Monday Media Round-Up – Your money in the news
23/07/2018 Confession time: are you bored yet? Yes, it’s going to have a huge effect on all our lives, but Brexit fatigue is kicking in across the nation. Even the Mail hasn’t put it on the front cover of the paper today.
At Resolver, we still care about the big Brexit issues – and we’re working on the guides to help you no matter what the outcome. But in the meantime here’s our weekly round up of the stories in the press that could affect you.
Going spare over Ryanair
Savvy travellers don’t just shop around for the cheapest deals for flights these days – they book with the airlines that are the most stable and least likely to strike. So bad luck Ryanair customers, who are looking at a nervous few months while the strikes kick in. Ryanair may have suggested they don’t have to pay the compensation. But they do. Get started here!
Do you have friends or family affected by flight delays? Pass on our details.
- Ryanair customers urged to claim compensation.
- Ryanair clashes with two regulators over strike compensation.
‘Down valuation’ is where you agree to buy a house for a set price, but at the last minute, the surveyors undervalue it leaving you to plug a funding hole in your mortgage of thousands of pounds. Mortgage companies have been getting away with this for years now – and we don’t think it’s fair. Make your voice heard at www.resolver.co.uk
- Rise in lenders valuing homes below sale price.
- Are mortgage lenders worried about the property market? Experts warn growing 'down valuations' may be a red flag for house prices
From meter you
Are smart meters actually going to save us lots of cash? As controversy rages about the new meters and if they’re transferable to new providers, a group of MPs are questioning whether the savings are worth it.
Rubbish broadband services are a perennial complaint. One village got so fed up with waiting they did it themselves. If you’ve been stitched up by a broadband provider get in touch.
Fake engineers cause tears
Those ever-creative scammers have tried vishing, smishing, courier fraud and now engineer fraud to relieve people of their cash. The latest variation on the scam involves fake broadband engineers calling to say they need to sort out a router problem, gaining access to the system then remotely nicking the money. We don’t think the banks will be able to decline a refund on this basis… but let’s wait and see.
- A criminal posing as BT engineer took control of my computer and robbed me of £7,800': Fraudsters' new tactics to plunder bank accounts
Eyes, thumbs and selfies
Last week, we reported that banks may soon require text authorisation for all Visa transactions. This week, the Mail focuses on ‘secondary authorisation’ – EU rules that require two forms of ID to be taken. This could include facial recognition, fingerprints and newer tech. Anyone who has seen Minority Report might be a bit nervous about iris recognition however…
- One in four online purchases will soon need extra authentication thanks to new EU rules - are selfies and thumbprints the answer?
It’s goodbye to Dave over at Virgin Media who found themselves in a standoff with the provider of ten much-loved channels. Virgin blinked first and Dave bailed. But does this mean that customers can cancel their subscriptions… Watch this space.
- Furious Virgin Media customers threaten to cancel their subscriptions after UKTV channels including Dave and Gold are wiped from four million boxes over business dispute.
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