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  • Big Apple Store Scam Arrests Bring ID Theft Back to Basics

    Blog Identity Theft 

    I know, the threat of identity theft may still seem abstract to you. What does identity theft really mean, anyway? A big arrest in Manhattan may make the whole concept a bit more literal. The district attorney of Manhattan recently arrested 27 (alleged) balls of slime for taking stolen credit card numbers on a two-year shopping spree at Apple stores across the country. The scam was moderately sophisticated. The crime ring’s founder, Shaheed Bilal, and […]

  • 10 Super Bowl Scams (and How NOT to Get Played)

    Lifehacking Blog Identity Theft 

    This week, tens of thousands of hysterical Steelers and Packers devotees are descending upon Arlington Stadium in Texas — ready to party like it is 1999. They will be joined in restaurants, bars and living rooms around the globe by tens of millions (indeed, hundreds of millions) of fellow football fanatics, as well as those of us who simply like to celebrate everything, including but not limited to, sunrise and sunset, totally revved up for […]

  • Financial Responsibility: A Reaction or A Reality?

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance Money 

    In five short years we’ve gone from no borrower left behind, to no borrower left standing… and even those borrowers who somehow managed to claw their way back onto the train were often unceremoniously flung back off the trestle. It seemed that no one, except for a few dozen guys at Goldman Sachs, was safe. While most financial reports are exhausting, terrifying and uncertain, the only thing we seem to be able to count on […]

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    Your Credit Report: A Resume, Not a Rap Sheet

    Financial Literacy Blog Personal Finance Money 

    As long as I can remember, most consumers have regarded credit as the destroyer of worlds—a scary black cloud hovering over us all—and the credit reporting agencies as the institutional manifestation of Darth Vader. I must admit, the concept of busy little gnomes tracking every credit transaction, inscribing each in an individual’s discrete financial book of life and then publishing, for good measure, a GPA-like number next to their name—which can determine whether, and at […]

  • 12 Tips for Protecting Your Identity

    Blog Identity Theft 

    Just how many Americans have been victims of identity theft? No one really knows, but rest assured it’s more than a handful. The FTC estimates that more than 9 million Americans become victims of identity theft each year. And according to a Javelin study conducted in 2009, that number jumps to 11.1 million consumers, costing a total of $54 billion in damages. Honestly, I think all of these numbers are low. And regardless of whether […]

  • Staffing the Booming Foreclosure Business

    Mortgages Consumer Protection Blog 

    Meet Dave. He’s a homeowner in Sarasota, Florida who recently contacted Credit.com looking for help. Dave can’t afford his mortgage payments and he’s been damned near killing himself to get a modification with Bank of America for almost two years. He’s submitted his paperwork five times. He’s been assured several times by several individual Bank of America employees that they’d personally see to it that his modification is properly handled. But every time he calls […]

  • Holly Petraeus, Military Family Watchdog Slated for Consumer Protection Agency Post

    Financial Literacy Government Consumer Protection Blog 

    One of the highest priorities of this nation must be the passionate and zealous defense of our defenders. With hundreds of thousands of American military personnel stationed around the world, tens of thousands in hot zones where they live from minute-to-minute in harm’s way, we must never waver in our commitment to provide the best armor, most advanced weaponry, cutting-edge equipment, ample supplies, thorough training and sophisticated intelligence so that they have whatever they need […]

  • Prioritizing Financial Literacy in 2011

    Financial Literacy Blog 

    In the last two years, consumers were the beneficiaries of more financial reform legislation than America has seen in generations. Over the recalcitrant foot-dragging of the financial industry, which (enabled by government inattention and consumer irresponsibility) arrogantly caused this nation’s biggest economic crisis since 1929, Congress finally passed basic reforms that empower consumers to take better control over their financial lives. Consider the legislations that have passed in the last two years: The CARD Act […]

  • Mac Attack: Data Breach At McDonald’s

    Data Security Blog Identity Theft 

    The list of major American consumer brands that have suffered data breaches this year has grown by one in the last few weeks. But it’s a big one – McDonald’s™. The company was recently victimized by data breaches that left the personal data of its customers exposed to cyber criminals. The fast food giant fumbled a major e-mail campaign last month, leaving a wide-open gap for online scammers to lift key data like names, birthdays, […]

  • FTC “Do Not Track” Proposal: Q&A With A Privacy Advocate

    Blog Privacy 

    Earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission formally announced a new world order that would provide more privacy options for Internet users. The cornerstone of that proposal is a universal “Do Not Track” mechanism that would allow web consumers to block access to online marketers. The proposal is viewed by privacy groups as similar to the FTC’s 2004’s “Do Not Call” registry, which gave consumers the option to block unwanted telemarketing calls to their homes. […]

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