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Washington, DC
Reporter — NBC Washington, D.C.

Consumer reporter and anchor for NBC Washington, native Texan y orgullosamente Latina!

Student Nanny Tricked Out of $3,000 by Online Scammers — A University of Maryland student was tricked out of $3,000 by scammers posing as a family needing childcare on the popular website News4's Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez contacted the website, which released the following statement to help stop any future scams: What is doing to protect members from scams? is an online marketplace that allows families to meet and connect with providers of caregiving services.

Top Tips: Staying Safe (and Keeping All Your Stuff Safe, Too) When It's Freezing — Yes, it's cold -- as in, sub-freezing, teeth-chattering, when-will-this-ever-end? -- cold. But there are still plenty of steps you can take to make sure that you, your pets and your possessions all stay safe, even when you're shivering. Keep your faucets running with a small drip to reduce the risk of freezing or bursting pipes.

Quick Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Snow -- Fast — It's already snowing in some areas, but there's still enough time to get your home prepared -- if you do it NOW. Luckily, none of these up big chunks of time. If you haven't already done so, disconnect any hoses from spigots.

Delayed Frontier Flights in DC Area Compared to JetBlue and Southwest — Several viewers complained to News4 about significant delays and cancellations involving Frontier Airlines -- we found even more complaints online. The complaints prompted to us find out what percentage of total Frontier flights were either delayed or cancelled compared to JetBlue and Southwest Airlines. An aviation data analyst at FlightAware provided us with the numbers.

Cybersecurity, Data Breaches Part of State of the Union — Cybersecurity has become a priority for the White House, and in tonight's State of the Union address, the President is expected to talk about issues that may affect your identity -- and your bottom line. First up: the data breach issue.

#FreshStart: Digging Out of Holiday Debt — The holidays may be behind us, but credit card bills may follow you for months to come. Many Americans admit they overspend during the holidays on gifts or travel, so we talked to the experts at Bankrate for the best ways to start chipping away at that lingering holiday debt.

Fresh Start: Amy's Money Makeover — Amy Duru has a good job, but her husband lost his as an engineer and now works a part-time gig at night. He also watches their 15-month-old son, Monte, during the day while pursuing a graduate degree online.

Consumer Watch: High Levels of Inorganic Arsenic Found in Rice — Rice comes in lots of varieties -- and it's a common ingredient in many packaged foods. Consumer Reports analyzed Food and Drug Administration data on more than 600 foods that contain rice and found some with worrisome levels of inorganic arsenic.

Safety Commission Proposes New Guidelines For Window Blinds to Prevent Deaths — On average, a child dies every month after getting entangled in window covering cords. News4's Erika Gonzalez spoke with Heather Dautrich and her husband Bill, who consider themselves lucky. Their son, 10-year-old Bobby, got entangled in a cord while playing with his older brother in 2005 and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

When Health Care Open Enrollment Starts, Watch Out for Scams — In a few weeks, open enrollment for health care begins. As you begin shopping around, the News4 Consumer Watch team is warning you of copycat websites and scammers that could be trying to take your money. Here are four ways Consumers Union says to stay safe while shopping for a health plan: 1.
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Feb 24, 2015

Headed to the set now to show you @ConsumerReports top auto picks of 2015. Before you lay down the cash...WATCH THIS next @nbcwashington

Feb 24, 2015

I have the best producers! @katiesuiters @PattiNBC4 thanks for all you do! You can see our latest work next on 4!

Feb 24, 2015

Born in the USA... 3of10 @ConsumerReports "Top Pick" cars of 2015. We get behind the wheel of #1 at5 @nbcwashington…

Feb 24, 2015

List released at 12:45 TODAY. We'll test drive! @nbcwashington MT: @ConsumerReports see our Top Picks in the 2015 Autos Spotlight!

Feb 23, 2015

RT @MrsSamuel2U: @erika_news @Kiplinger @nbcwashington bought mine for $90. Total spent on my wedding-$800. Vegas baby!!

Feb 23, 2015

Mercedes #recalls 147,000 sedans and wagons (2013-2015) due to engine fire risk @nbcwashington

Feb 23, 2015

@BlakCraig Pleasure was all mine! Thanks for saying hello and for watching!

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