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Past articles by Dave:

SMU students are asked an impolite question about their wealth – and they flunk

Many Americans don’t realize how wealthy we are. Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary comes to town to correct that notion. → Read More

My 89-year-old mother-in-law gets invited to join the “Secret Society.” What is it?

This is the story of a questionable solicitation letter targeting the elderly. It promises to help recipients join a secret group that rules the world. → Read More

Nuclear energy regulators go through motions of a public meeting. Their heart isn’t in it

The Watchdog says nuclear energy regulators must challenge Vistra Corp., owner of the Comanche Peak nuclear plant near Glen Rose. Critics raise questions... → Read More

Check out this new Dallas app to thwart cyber criminals

The new Dallas Secure smart phone app is supported by City Hall and a local company. It's free and open to everybody. → Read More

When you call Amazon, Google, Facebook and the rest, do they pick up the phone?

Watchdog Dave Lieber called Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon and other powerful high-tech companies to see if they offer live customer support. → Read More

How much did the Dallas Central Appraisal District pay in a ransomware attack?

Ransomware attack! The Watchdog has the exclusive story of what happened behind the scenes at Dallas Central Appraisal District. Should they pay $1 million? → Read More

Meet the top investigator at the Financial Crimes Intelligence Center. He’s way too busy

How six investigators in a one-of-a-kind intelligence agency ferret out financial crime perpetrators to clean up Texas’ image as easy prey for scammers → Read More

Is your Atmos gas bill shockingly high? Here’s how you can challenge your meter reading

Many Texans are focusing on unexpectedly high natural gas bills from Atmos Energy. If it happened to you, here’s what you can about it. → Read More

How can feds believe cars were going 100 mph in deadly 2021 Fort Worth pileup?

Federal report on 2021’s deadly I-35W traffic pileup says average speed was 100 mph. How can that be true? A witness and others dispute that. → Read More

Stamp prices jump, AT&T cell service at the Cotton Bowl, ERCOT’s open records and more

Stamp prices jump, AT&T service at the Cotton Bowl, lobbyists’ secret power, dumping more fees on electricity bills. And more Watchdog stories → Read More

Ken Paxton could fight for consumers, but instead he battles people whom he calls ‘woke’

DallasNews Watchdog Dave Lieber says Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is wasting an opportunity to stop scammers, spammers and an assortment of bad businesses. → Read More

Dave Lieber’s Watchdog Nation consumer rights movement originated in a most radical place

Although Watchdog Nation was inspired by radical leftists in the 1960s, it helps save time, money and aggravation in a modern and legal way. → Read More

Is that device in your car a spy or a boon to your wallet?

We now live in a world where privacy is next to impossible. But when financial incentives are offered in exchange for a loss of privacy, it’s very tempting. → Read More

As the Texas Legislature opens, Watchdog begs, ‘Please don’t hurt us anymore!’

Watchdog Dave Lieber writes an open letter to top elected leaders pointing out the ways he thinks they’ve failed us. The new legislative session is a chance... → Read More

That product you see online is cheap. Should you be suspicious?

Chinese vendors are trying to sell more products directly to Americans. That makes it harder to handle returns and refunds. → Read More

It’s not always good when you win a 2022 Watchdog Award. Here are the winners/losers

A 2022 Watchdog Award is not necessarily one that you should aspire to. Sometimes, winners are actually big losers. But here, mistakes are rewarded → Read More

Keller ISD invites a messianic clergyperson accused of sexual assault to say a prayer

Here’s a big mistake that reminds The Watchdog of the old Texas expression that some people don’t have the good sense to spit downwind. The deeply religious,... → Read More

The Christmas gift that never arrived. Swept up in promises, I finally came to my senses

The Starscope Monocular is described by its maker as ‘one of the best investments that you can have in your life.’ Customers say the company doesn’t care... → Read More

Watchdog Dave Lieber shares top stories with consumer tips you might have missed

Be suspicious of an unexpected solicitation phone call you get. Odds are it leads to a scam. Watchdog Dave Lieber shares top findings for consumers in 2022. → Read More

John Wayne lost his fortune twice, both times in a way you could lose, too

How John Wayne made the mistake that many modern day investors make – he didn’t keep a close eye on his money. Lessons to be learned from the great actor. → Read More