“ABC’s The Lookout” is a survival guide to the modern consumer jungle, offering a mix of compelling undercover investigations and lively dispatches about how you spend your money. Featuring smart reporting from ABC’s powerhouse team of correspondents, “ABC’s The Lookout” covers the trends and products that obsess Americans, offering tips along the way about how to maximize value and avoid costly mistakes. “ABC’s The Lookout” airs on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“ABC’s The Lookout” team will do whatever it takes to help you get more for your money. Reports airing on Wednesday, August 28 include:
- Yo-Yo Car Finance: Done deal on that used car purchase? Better check the small print. Brian Ross takes a closer look at a growing practice in the car trade associated with conditional car sales. Consumer advocates and government regulators say some car dealers attempt to renegotiate a used car sale with more expensive terms after the consumer takes delivery. Dealers say they need the ability to work out a new deal or undo the deal if financing falls through. Brian Ross investigates.
- Skimmer Scam: One swipe of your credit card at the gas pump is all it takes for a new breed of digital thieves to steal your money. It’s all part of a high-tech crime wave called “Skimmers,” in which tiny credit card readers are criminally installed inside gas pumps to record credit card information. A former hacker takes The Lookout inside this criminal subculture and shows how this works and what consumers can do to protect. Nick Watt has more.
- Make Up Wars: How much do you really have to spend on make-up to achieve a perfect look that lasts all day? The Lookout puts a spectrum of cosmetics through extreme conditions to find out. Juju Chang and three Alabama triplets have the answers.
- Real Estate Update: In June, The Lookout’s Cynthia McFadden profiled realtor Dottie Herman’s 24-hour makeover of a small suburban house that stayed empty on the market for months. The Lookout has an update to the story with news that the house is now in contract and will soon become someone’s new home. (OAD: 6/26/13)
- Online Flowers: Have you ever wondered if the bouquet you just received looks like what your cousin in Vermont picked out for you online? How close do online flower orders come to the pictures that are advertized on their websites? Paula Faris tests three online flower companies to see if what the consumer views online is really what the recipient gets at their doorstep. (OAD: 7/17/13)
Jeanmarie Condon is executive producer. David Scott is senior broadcast producer.