It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Identity Theft

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

It’s Alive! Criminals Are Creating New Identities From Bits & Pieces of Yours

Digital criminals inventing and exploiting identities out of thin air, rather than impersonating real consumers, are a fast-growing menace, according to a new report from fraud-fighting firm ID Analytics. This relatively new form of identity fraud, called synthetic identity fraud, involves criminals using random Social Security numbers, mismatched names and birthdays, and other personal characteristics that… Read More

Federal Student Loans Will Be Easier to Get for Parents With Bad Credit

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Federal Student Loans Will Be Easier to Get for Parents With Bad Credit

Federal Student Loans Will Be Easier to Get for Parents With Bad Credit

The Department of Education is loosening borrower qualifications for Federal PLUS Loans, which allow graduate students and parents of dependent college students to finance higher education. The updates, published Oct. 23, include a new definition of “adverse credit history,” potentially opening access to federal student loans for millions of families. The changes go into effect July… Read More

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

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5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

5 Surprising Times Your Credit Matters

“I DON’T CARE what my ‘credit score’ is,” one of our readers wrote in a recent comment on the Credit.com blog. “I am debt free except for my house. I use credit cards for everything possible and pay them off in full every month.” Is good credit really that important? Some people obviously don’t think… Read More

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

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Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Would Free College Tuition Work in the U.S.?

Sprechen sie Deutsch? In case you haven’t heard the news, college tuition is now free throughout Germany—and not just for Germans. But before you pack your bags for Berlin, you might want to consider what those who’ve made it through the process and lived to tell the tale have to say about that. Native-language proficiency… Read More

Is Student Debt Holding You Back From Marriage?

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Is Student Debt Holding You Back From Marriage?

Is Student Debt Holding You Back From Marriage?

Most people who have never been married peg their relationship status to the fact they haven’t found the right person yet, but there’s more to that decision than feelings. Finances play a huge role in Americans’ decision to marry. Actually, there are nearly as many unmarried Americans who say they’re still looking for their future… Read More

Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

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Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

Another Major Bank Is Offering Free Credit Scores

Citi is the latest financial institution to give customers free credit scores through the FICO Open Access program, FICO announced, making it the largest participant in the program that will be available to more than 60 million consumers in 2015. Citi hasn’t yet released details on its participation, but in general, an issuer periodically provides a… Read More

How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

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How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

How Fast Can You Get Out of Debt?

You’ve decided enough is enough and you are going to get out of credit card debt. And you probably want to do it as fast as you can. So how long will it take? Don’t have a clue? That’s not surprising, considering you probably have several cards all with different interest rates and monthly payments…. Read More

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