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  • Could Your Campaign Contribution Expose You to Identity Theft?

    Politics Identity Theft 

    Over the past few years, we’ve experienced more ginormous data breaches than any of us can, or would even care to, remember. Against this backdrop, reflect upon the fact that political campaigns know as much, if not more, than advertisers about us — what inspires us and what will move us to vote. The Wild West Consider the various kinds of information a campaign crunches to determine who might be persuaded into voting for their […]

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    Uh-Oh … Are Americans Raiding Their Piggy Banks?

    Personal Finance 

    Consumer spending increased 1% from March to April, the biggest increase in more than six years, according to a Reuters report on new Commerce Department data. In very basic economic terms, a jump in consumer spending can be a good thing: It can show that people are confident they’ll make ends meet without having to squirrel away their paychecks, like some people might do if they’re worried about losing their jobs. Before you get too […]

  • 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 […]

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