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  • Credit Freeze – An (Inconvenient) Ounce of Prevention?

    Government Consumer Protection Blog Money 

    If you asked identity theft victims whether they would have preferred to protect themselves before or after their information was stolen, there’s a good chance they would opt for “before.” Take, for instance, the story of Dawn Higgins, of Arlington, VA. This week, The Daily Times of Salisbury, MD reported the devastating effects of identify theft on Higgins’s finances. She had purchased rental property in another state and entrusted the property management to friends. Unbeknownst […]

  • Credit Can Be Your Best Friend

    Financial Literacy Consumer Protection Blog Personal Finance 

    Your credit profile is your financial fingerprint. It is the cornerstone of your reputation in the marketplace. It documents how you deal with others and speaks volumes about who and what you are. It follows you. In certain cases, it precedes you. It will never go away. For decades, credit has been unfairly portrayed as a mysterious, scary, black cloud hovering above us all. A hostile and complicated system managed by three powerful and distant […]