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Watch Out for Charity Scams in Wake of the Orlando Shooting

By Steven Shaw on 6/15/2016

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In the wake of the Orlando shooting, many want to help victims and their families by giving donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to take advantage of their kindness.

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Help! I Think Someone Opened a Credit Card in My Name

By Steven Shaw on 5/18/2016

Maybe it’s a sudden influx of subprime credit card offers in your mailbox. Or a bill from an issuer you don’t recognize. Or, even, a debt collection notice regarding a charged-off account you never opened.

Whatever telltale sign emerges, you now have reason to believe a credit card has been taken out in your name. While it can be hard to quell your panic, there are some steps you can take to remedy the situation and prevent further identity theft from taking place.

Here’s how to address a fraudulent credit card account.

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Beware: April Fools’ Scams Are No Joke

By Steven Shaw on 3/31/2016

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Every year, we see the great jokes businesses play on consumers for April Fools’ Day. While some companies make up faux products, like Starbucks did with the Plenta and Micra cups in 2010, some companies go all out on digital pranks.

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5 Common Credit Score Killers

By Steven Shaw on 7/23/2015

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Having a good credit score can help you save a lot of money over your lifetime, but many people find themselves with scores lower than they’d like because they don’t know how much everyday things can hurt their scores.

Of course, once you know what those things are, you’re better equipped to improve your credit. Here are five common things that can hurt your credit:

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Who Do I Call If I Lost My Social Security Card?

By Steven Shaw on 7/22/2015

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Recently my teenage daughter landed her first official job, and her employer needed to see a copy of her Social Security card. But I have no idea where I’ve stored it. It wasn’t in our safe deposit box, and a search of all the other places I may have put it turned up nothing. We needed to get a replacement card fast — but how? 

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How to Master Your Facebook Privacy Settings

By Steven Shaw on 7/1/2015

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If you’re on Facebook, you probably love the convenience of connecting with friends and relatives. But did you know that identity thieves also love the convenience of Facebook for finding personally identifiable information (PII) about you?

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Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

By Steven Shaw on 6/25/2015

Should You Ever Link Your Bank Account to an App?

Consumers routinely share their online banking passwords with third-party apps that help with everything from budgeting to tax preparation. Apparently banks would like this to stop. JPMorgan Chase posted this notice on its website in April:

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Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

By Steven Shaw on 6/19/2015

Help! Someone Took Out a Student Loan in My Name

Some students worry about whether they’ll get the financial aid they need to pay for the next semester of college. Others wonder why there is a record of them taking out student loans when they didn’t apply — and now they can’t get the loans they need. Consider these scary scenarios readers have told us about recently:

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What Is Credit Monitoring, Really?

By Steven Shaw on 4/6/2015

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Millions of Americans have received free access to credit monitoring products — it’s pretty much a standard “we’re sorry” gesture from any company or organization that loses customer data after a cyberattack. While companies are handing out credit monitoring like it’s candy at a parade, consumers often don’t understand what they’re getting and that different products vary greatly in what they can and can’t do for you.

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Your Credit Card Might Have an Off Switch Soon

By Steven Shaw on 8/13/2014

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Emerging technology gives consumers the ability to turn their credit and debit cards on and off through a smartphone app, a capability that can not only help families and businesses control how authorized users shop with the card but also, and perhaps more importantly, help prevent card fraud.

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