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  • credit fraud

    Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million Over Fake Credit Card & Deposit AccountsBanking, credit

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    Thousands of Wells Fargo bank employees seeking sales bonuses participated in a scheme that led to the opening of roughly 2 million unauthorized accounts, federal regulators said Thursday. For failing to monitor an incentive program that spun out of control, leading to “widespread” abuse of consumers’ information, Well Fargo must now pay the biggest-ever penalty levied by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency said. At the root of the scheme was a program […]

  • Scam Alert

    Beware: Scammers May Be Posing as Your RealtorMortgages, Consumer Protection

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    There’s a scam afoot, or, shall we say, a-wire that prospective homebuyers may want to be on the lookout for, and it happens like this: You’re nosing around the real estate market — maybe even close to buying a house or piece of property. And then you get a message from your real estate agent urging you to wire money to secure the deal. As you might have guessed, a scammer is spoofing your real estate agent’s account […]

  • puppy scam

    Look! An Adorable Puppy … Nope. Scam.Consumer Protection, Identity Theft

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    A California woman recently almost fell victim to a nasty scam on eBay when she was looking for an Old English Sheepdog puppy. Chalk it up to the dog days of summer, or just to really awful people who are willing to break hearts and ruin lives for a quick buck. Amy Green of Carlsbad reportedly told the San Diego Union-Tribune she was looking at classifieds on the online marketplace when she came across a post […]

  • will

    How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your WillFinancial Literacy, Personal Finance

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    Most people never disclose the details of their estate plan to their children, who may also be their successor trustees, executors, and agents. As a result, after they die, the children are left to guess about their deceased family member’s true intentions because of the sterile, legal language used in their parent’s will or living trust. It’s also true that many children are not even sure that their deceased parent wrote a will, much less […]

  • Scam Alert

    Watch Out for This Scam if You Follow Banks on InstagramData Security, Banking

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    There are lots of good reasons to follow companies on social media — to gain insight into the brand’s priorities, learn about deals, seek inspiration, get behind-the-scenes looks, berate them for bad customer service, and so on. But who you follow on social media isn’t always private, and there are people out there who will use who you follow to try and steal your money. A new report from ZeroFOX, a security technology company, suggests […]

  • ransomware

    Tips to avoid becoming a victim of ransomwareData Security, Technology

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    Ransomware is becoming one of the most profitable areas of cyber crime. In the past, cyber criminals would steal data, and then re-sell it. With ransomware, they block access to an individual or organization’s data by encrypting it, then selling the data’s owner a decryption key to regain access. And with the rise of hard-to-trace currency, such as bitcoin, there is less chance of getting caught. Organizations will pay for fear that they’ll lose their […]

  • cyber-security

    5 Cyber-Security Myths We Need to DitchData Security, Technology

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    Pick a subject, any subject, and there are myths and pure nonsense that someone will buy into. Birds will die if they eat the uncooked rice flung at newlyweds. (Nope) If you eat Mentos and drink Diet Coke simultaneously your stomach will explode. (Hardly) You only have one credit score. (Wrong) Napoleon was short. (At 5’ 6”, his height was average in his day). “President Obama was the founder of ISIS.” (Oh, come on Donald!) […]

  • Stressed

    Stressed About Saving for Retirement? You’re Not AloneRetirement, Personal Finance

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    A recent survey found 56% of Americans are losing sleep over saving for retirement. Another shows having enough money to retire comfortably is the most common financial stressor among 401K participants, regardless of age. In short: Americans are freaking out about retirement. That makes a lot of sense, considering that report after report has shown that we’re a nation of people who are terrible at saving money. And, as those retirement surveys suggest, we’re painfully […]

  • The talk

    Gone Phishing? How to Talk to Your Kids About MalwareData Security, Technology

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    Picture this: The car is full. You’re navigating by the side mirrors while doing a mental inventory of everything you packed and wondering if you are going to make it to the realtor’s office in time to pick up the keys for your vacation rental. You have absolutely no idea what the kids are doing in the back seat. Now forget the massive distraction of that summer road trip and consider the bigger picture. It […]

  • Spending on a wedding

    5 Tips to Avoid Going in the Red for Your WeddingPersonal Finance, Money

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    Planning a wedding can be time-consuming and put a strain on your wallet, so it’s important to stick to a budget. The average U.S. wedding costs over $26,000, but if you play your cards right, you can stay on track — and out of debt. Here are six tips to help you stick to your budget when wedding planning. 1. Create a Wedding Budget Once Mr. (or Ms.) Right, pops the question, you’ll want to […]

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