Error Exposes Federal Retirees’ Financial Info

Identity Theft

Error Exposes Federal Retirees’ Financial Info

Error Exposes Federal Retirees’ Financial Info

Some federal retirees had their personal information sent to the wrong people, raising concerns about potential identity theft, WJLA in Washington, D.C., reports. A reporter from the TV station sat down with Aleena Hampton, a Department of Defense retiree, and went over documents — including the Social Security number — of a completely different retiree…. Read More

More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

Identity Theft

More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

Fake debt collection scams are on the rise, and now rank among the top complaints scammed consumers file around the country, the National Consumers League says. The consumer advocacy organization issued a special warning about the scams, which generally involve a cold call from a would-be criminal trying to intimidate the recipient into paying for… Read More

Can You Sue Your Debt Collector?

Managing Debt

Can You Sue Your Debt Collector?

Can You Sue Your Debt Collector?

Most people don’t realize that debt collectors can’t cross a line set by federal law. For example, they can’t threaten you with physical injury; claim to be a lawyer if they are not; harass you or use foul language; nor claim to have arrest powers. The list is extensive. The Federal Trade Commission has published… Read More

Why Has the Average Credit Score Gone Up?

Credit Score

Why Has the Average Credit Score Gone Up?

Why Has the Average Credit Score Gone Up?

The average U.S. credit score has gone up recently, but not by much. Of course, the way those figures change year over year depend on the model you’re looking at, considering there are so many different credit scores out there. Based on numbers FICO provided, the average hit a low of 686 in October 2009,… Read More

4 Super Bowl Credit Card Rewards

Credit Cards

4 Super Bowl Credit Card Rewards

4 Super Bowl Credit Card Rewards

Perhaps its time that we just get it over with and declare Super Bowl Sunday to be a national holiday. From the pre-season games of midsummer to the big game itself during the depths of winter, our national love of football remains unchanged, even despite several scandals involving the league and its players. And while it might be… Read More

4 Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn’t Teach You

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4 Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn’t Teach You

4 Credit Lessons Your Parents Didn’t Teach You

Love it or hate it, most of our money habits are learned from our parents. While some people are fortunate enough to learn money-saving lessons that steer them towards the path of financial stability, others aren’t so lucky. Regardless of your parent’s style of teaching, you’ve developed at least one money habit witnessing their relationship… Read More

The 4 Tax Forms You Should Be Getting Soon

Personal Finance

The 4 Tax Forms You Should Be Getting Soon

The 4 Tax Forms You Should Be Getting Soon

You may have already started receiving tax forms in the mail. You know what I’m talking about — the envelopes are marked in big block letters, “IMPORTANT TAX DOCUMENTS ENCLOSED.” If you haven’t received any yet, you should soon, and for some people, you’ll be getting many pieces of mail like that over the next… Read More

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