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  • Scam Alert

    iTunes Gift Card Scams Are Flourishing

    Consumer Protection 

    iTunes gift cards have become a common tool for online scammers to wring money out of victims, according to new warnings from Apple and U.S. federal authorities. One agency received a deluge of complaints during a recent weekend, including word from one victim who lost $31,000 in a recent iTunes payment scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission. The agency said the problem has grown so bad that Apple recently posted a notice on its […]

  • Student Loan Debt Relief

    FTC Cracks Down on Student Loan Debt Relief Schemes

    Consumer Protection student loans 

    Some student loan borrowers having trouble repaying their loans are getting desperate, causing them to look for help in the wrong places. Federal regulators announced another crackdown this week on firms that charge illegal up-front fees, and ongoing monthly fees, selling debt relief services to these borrowers that are generally available for free. Three cases announced this week by the Federal Trade Commission add to similar cases already announced by other federal regulators, revealing the extent […]

  • Housing wealth

    When’s the Best Time to Sell Your House?

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    If you’re looking to sell your home, you may want to wait until the spring or summer months set in. Sure, that may not sound like the best use of the nice weather, but putting any travel on hold as you try to relocate could prove worthwhile. The best time to sell is generally anytime between mid-April and October 1, said Scott Sheldon, a senior loan officer at Sonoma County Mortgages, in California, and a Credit.com contributor. “The weather is nice. People […]

  • Breakup

    3 Money Mistakes You Might Make After a Breakup

    Personal Finance 

    Breakups aren’t fun. One thing that can make a divorce even less enjoyable is dealing with the financial complications that often come along with it. Many couples don’t pay enough attention to the impact a divorce can have on personal finances. However, not taking care of the details can mean big trouble for your financial health for years to come. Here are three big money mistakes couples make after going through a divorce. 1. Forgetting to […]

  • Credit Card

    Credit Card Debt in America Is Almost Back Up to $1 Trillion

    credit Personal Finance 

    Americans are racking up credit card debt like it’s 2008. That’s according to The Wall Street Journal, which reports U.S. credit card balances are on pace to reach $1 trillion this year, as consumers grow more comfortable with carrying debt and banks continue to push their plastic. The sum is just shy of the all-time peak of $1.02 trillion set in July 2008, just before the financial crisis set in. The Journal cites a steady economy and lenders signing […]

  • social media hack

    The LinkedIn Password Breach Is Way Bigger Than We Thought: Here’s What You Need to Do

    Data Security Identity Theft 

    Quick, what was your LinkedIn password in 2012? OK, now think of every password you use for every service, and make sure that LinkedIn password isn’t reused anywhere. If ever you needed a reminder not to reuse passwords, here it is. We knew that LinkedIn got hacked in 2012, but at the time we thought only 6.5 million passwords were stolen. Now, we’ve learned the real figure was more like 100 million-plus. That means your old […]

  • Scams

    6 Scams to Watch Out for This Summer

    Personal Finance 

    Summer will be here before you know it, and with it come new and old scams. As you consider possible escapes — travel to exotic places; trips to the beach, the mountains or the golf course; a staycation to get much needed work done around your house — bear in mind that these diversions provide the perfect opportunity for con artists and identity thieves just waiting to insinuate themselves into your life, becoming the sand […]

  • Home buying

    Remember: Keep Your Tax Returns If You’re Looking to Buy a Home

    Mortgages Personal Finance 

    If you were planning to buy a home or refinance one you already own, you can expect to encounter a lot of paperwork. But here’s one thing you probably didn’t know: Tax returns aren’t always required. If you are a W-2 wage earner, there is a smaller chance you’ll need to provide tax returns than if you’re self-employed. If you’re self-employed, the only way a lender can determine your income is by examining your tax […]

  • Fleeing

    There Are Already Realtors Offering to Sell Your Home if Trump Becomes President

    Mortgages Humor 

    Disgruntled Americans of all political leanings have said it: “I’m moving to Canada.” The Great White North particularly appeals to those left-of-center, as many liberal Americans are practically drooling with envy over the new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in addition to some public policies they would like to see emulated in the U.S. Let’s set aside, for the moment, the fact that immigrating to another country is a complicated and expensive endeavor. If Donald Trump is elected […]

  • Debt collection

    Will a Debt Take Longer to Drop Off My Credit If Another Debt Collector Buys It?

    credit Personal Finance 

    When a debt goes into collections, it may change hands several times. Creditors may sell the debt or contract another agency to collect it and this could happen more than once, depending on how much time has gone by with the debt remaining unpaid. It’s important to keep track of who is managing your debt so you know who to pay back and when. (You can find tips for negotiating with a creditor here.) Having a […]

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