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  • student loan debt

    This For-Profit School Is Forgiving $23.5 Million in Student Loan Debt in CFPB Settlement

    Consumer Protection student loans 

    A for-profit school that allegedly told students their loans would only cost $25 per month to repay must now forgive those loans, federal regulators announced Monday. The firm, publicly-traded Bridgepoint Education Inc., has agreed to discharge all outstanding private loans and refund some students after allegations that it engaged in unfair or deceptive practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced Monday. San Diego-based Bridgepoint currently has nearly 50,000 students, mostly enrolled online in schools it […]

  • credit fraud

    Wells Fargo Fined $185 Million Over Fake Credit Card & Deposit Accounts

    Banking credit 

    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 […]

  • cyber sharks

    Why College Freshmen Are Chum for the Cyber Sharks

    Column Identity Theft 

    Identity theft and countless other scams are often among the first life lessons learned by newly minted college students. As summer draws to a close, members of the Class of 2020 face an unimaginable number of potential pitfalls. Be prepared to meet the specific challenges ahead. Most incoming college students will at some point find themselves feeling overwhelmed by their newfound freedom. With the exception of sleep away camp, it will be longest stretch of […]

  • Scam Alert

    Beware: Scammers May Be Posing as Your Realtor

    Mortgages Consumer Protection 

    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 […]

  • student loan debt

    The Weird Way Missing a Student Loan Payment Can Absolutely Destroy Your Credit

    student loans Personal Finance 

    If you have student loans and have looked at your credit reports, you might’ve noticed there are multiple entries for your loans. That’s because each disbursement can be reported as a separate loan, even if you make just one repayment each month. And while a student may get just one federal loan for the year, it will usually be given to them in two or more disbursements. Multiply two or three disbursements over a four- or five-year […]

  • selling personal data

    Companies say they won’t share your personal data … but then they do

    Privacy 

    Buyer beware: Loopholes allow customers’ email, other info to be sold or shared Another day, another reminder that companies don’t really have to abide by promises to not share your personal information. They have a big “but” in their contracts. WhatsApp and Facebook have made this clear. We’ll get to that in a moment. Most recently, millions of Sports Authority customers began receiving notices that their email addresses and other data were about to be […]

  • puppy scam

    Look! An Adorable Puppy … Nope. Scam.

    Consumer Protection Identity Theft 

    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 […]

  • shred credit card

    Do I Need to Shred My Old Credit Cards?

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Chances are you’re probably already shredding documents like your bank and credit card statements before discarding them. You might even be taking the extra step of shredding things like credit card applications and other pieces of mail you receive since they contain personal information, such as your address. But are you shredding old credit cards when you get a replacement card? If you aren’t, you probably should. “With the proliferation of data breaches, phishing scams and ID theft, […]

  • will

    How to Have ‘The Talk’ With Your Family About Your Will

    Financial Literacy Personal Finance 

    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 Instagram

    Data Security Banking 

    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 […]

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