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  • The Invisible Victims of Identity Theft: Our Kids

    Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    Somewhere between 10 million and 16 million Americans get “got” by fraudsters working the seams of identity-related crime every year. The methods are many and various. There are, of course, the familiar scams and frauds, but one harder to detect area of exploitation is child identity theft. So why are children a target for identity thieves? It’s called “runway.” A child’s Social Security number is pristine. There is no reason for a minor to use […]

  • 9 Ways to Protect Yourself From Elder Financial Abuse

    Retirement Identity Theft 

    Identity theft. Financial fraud. Catchphrases that evoke fear of economic ruin at the hands of scheming pitchmen, cunning hackers, organized crime, grandchildren … Say what? The financial exploitation of seniors by those closest to them is on the rise. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, 90% of the perpetrators are family members or those who are well-known to the victims (e.g., neighbors, friends and caregivers). Malefactions include unauthorized access to checking, savings and […]

  • Scam Alert

    3 Credit Card Scams You Need to Watch Out For

    Consumer Protection credit 

    Falling for a credit card scam is an incredibly frustrating experience and having your financial security disturbed for even a short time can disrupt your peace of mind. However, providing you arm yourself with the right knowledge, you can minimize the impact credit card scams have on your financial well-being. So, with that in mind, here are several credit card scams you’re going to want to watch out for. 1. Chip Credit Card Scam Over […]

  • Fewer Americans Are Worried About Credit Card Theft

    credit Personal Finance Identity Theft 

    People either perhaps feel like payment security has improved or just don’t care about having their data stolen, because the share of Americans who said they frequently worry about credit card data theft has gone down since last year. In an annual survey about crime, Gallup asked U.S. adults about whether they’ve encountered or if they worry about a variety of crimes, and credit card theft was again the most common one people experienced. Gallup […]

  • Worried About Hackers? Surf the Web with Your Mom

    Column Blog 

    An old Chinese proverb says: “There is only one beautiful child in the world, and every mother has it.” But there are times when people test that mother-child connection, turning their “matron” saints into judge, jury and even warden. Increasingly, various stripes of online scoundrel can act as a catalyst for the above transformation. As we all know, despite that spiel about unconditional love, there is no end of things a son or daughter can […]

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    Why You Should Consider Refinancing

    Personal Finance 

    If you’re serious about reducing the interest you owe on your mortgage, refinancing could be a good bet. It can reduce your monthly payments and help you pay off your home faster. Of course, it helps to know your options when it comes time to re-fi. Getting a Rate Reduction Most consumers elect to refinance to secure a lower loan amount with a lower rate of interest. (In some cases, dropping excess costs such private […]

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    4 Tips for Getting Approved for a Personal Loan

    Personal Finance Money 

    If you have high-interest credit card debt or outstanding bills, you may be considering taking out a personal loan. A personal loan typically does not require any collateral upfront, meaning the lender doesn’t have any guarantee, and so often charges a higher interest rate than an auto loan or a mortgage. Check out the tips below about how to get a personal loan to maximize the chances you’ll be approved. 1. Decide on a Loan Type […]

  • New Report Argues Everyone Should Consider a Credit Freeze

    Consumer Protection credit Identity Theft 

    Given how often data breaches happen, it’s likely your personal information will be exposed, sold or abused, if it hasn’t yet been already. Identity theft takes many forms and can be difficult to prevent, but a new report suggests consumers should freeze their credit files as the “best protection against someone opening new credit accounts in your name.” What are the pros and cons to that strategy? How a Credit Freeze Could Help Here’s how […]

  • Identity Theft: A Real-World Version of ‘The Walking Dead’

    Column Blog 

    In the post-apocalyptic world of “The Walking Dead,” it’s a foregone conclusion that zombies happen, and they aren’t picky. One real-world parallel of finding yourself surrounded by hungry zombies is the plague of identity theft. With more than 1 billion records “out there,” it’s just a matter of time before you get got. When it comes to identity theft, people have many questions and few answers. Should I shred sensitive documents? (Yes.) Is it worse […]

  • Scam Alert

    How to Tell the Difference Between a Pyramid Scheme & a Legit Business

    Consumer Protection 

    Nearly one-third of U.S. workers describe themselves as “free agents,” and talk of the “gig economy” has grown so loud that it’s an issue in the presidential campaign. As more people look online for work that supplements —or replaces — their old-fashioned paycheck and helps pay down debts, it seems time for a reminder about popular work-at-home programs that might not be what they seem. When you’re looking for a “gig,” you want to know […]

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