Checking online reviews when shopping, researching vacations or even looking for a doctor has become an integral part of the modern consumer experience. But experts say many of the products or service reviews you’re reading were either bought or sold and completely fake. In “Five Star Fakes”, InvestigateTV found several posts on social media platforms where people are bartering - even buying and selling - online reviews, despite a federal law that prohibits this act.






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The InvestigateTV team digs into potential problems with shopping on the web, such as online used car prices not matching those at the dealership and QR codes that may be more trouble than they’re worth. Also - what happens if you get locked out of your social media accounts and how one man’s dream car turned into a nightmare.

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InvestigateTV looks at the growing cost of healthcare in the United States, including how rising insulin costs have industry players pointing fingers, but patients left making tough choices. The team also looks at the billions of dollars in medical debt carried by Americans, and what experts say you can do if you need help.

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A death in New Orleans was ruled a drug overdose, but the family of Joey Georgusis had serious doubts about the investigation. In this special episode, InvestigateTV looks at how law enforcement handled the case, and how experts and federal investigators think there was likely foul play.

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People may have potentially-dangerous products in their home and not know it thanks to a law that gives power to manufacturers over regulators. The InvestigateTV team talks with families who’ve been affected by consumer products and lawmakers who say something needs to change.

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The InvestigateTV team looks at issues surrounding transparency in agriculture, including how millions of taxpayer dollars are sent out in the name of people who don’t appear to be actively involved with farming, and how federal data on farm and forest land owned by overseas investors leaves much to be desired.

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Burn pits used by the military during deployments to dispose of trash and other waste have led to severe health problems for veterans. InvestigateTV highlights the work of Burlington, Vermont reporter Darren Perron who broke the story and has followed the battle over burn pits.

Investigations

Investigations

The federal agency created to watchdog consumer products - from crock pots to xylophones - is muzzled by its governing law, which gives all the power to manufacturers, including those with dangerous toys, appliances and other items on the market. The Fisher-Price Rock N Play – an inclined sleep product that defied the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for safe infant sleeping – exposed all that is wrong with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.