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  • Be My Valentine – ID Theft & the Broken Heart

    Data Security Blog Privacy Identity Theft 

    There was a song from the ’30s or ’40s entitled, “How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You When You Know I’ve Been A Liar All My Life.” In an age where the worlds of online dating and identity theft collide with disastrous results, for many this tune might as well be a personal soundtrack. Across the cyber universe, people are sitting in dark rooms, in front of computer monitors, anonymously typing […]

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    Debt Dooms Grads from the Start

    Financial Literacy Education Blog Personal Finance 

    Does it come as any surprise that even twentysomethings these days have overwhelming debt? If only they weren’t spending money they didn’t have on giant flat-screen TVs, iPods, and video game systems, they might not have such huge credit card debt – right? Actually, while the consumer market is ever more flooded with a dizzying array of expensive gadgets on which to squander your savings – or your credit, whatever the case may be – […]

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    Your Credit: A Million Little Pieces?

    Blog Personal Finance Money 

    All those unwanted credit card applications arriving in your mailbox, would you ever consider just handing them out to strangers so they, too, can take advantage of your good credit? Of course you wouldn’t. But if you’re ripping up your credit card applications – even into tiny little pieces – and throwing them in the trash, you may as well be handing them out. Earlier this year, one man documented online how he tore up […]

  • Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor… And Their Serious Home-Buying Power

    Mortgages Blog Money 

    The Seattle Times reports the story of a man and his family who moved to the Emerald City and bought a house there. A simple American tale, but not quite: the man was an undocumented immigrant, without a credit report or a social security number. Seem like that should be a problem? Well, no. Lately, more and more lenders have begun offering mortgages – knowingly – to undocumented immigrants. Through one of these lenders, the […]

  • Credit Freeze – An (Intentionally) Inconvenient Process?

    Government Blog Money 

    So, you live in one of the 20 states that allow all consumers – not just victims of identity – the right to freeze their credit. And, you’re thinking of taking advantage of the opportunity to protect yourself from identity theft. It should be easy, right? Well, not exactly… The St. Paul (MN) Pioneer Press reported on October 23 that one of its readers, anxious to take advantage of the new credit freeze law, tried […]

  • 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 […]