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

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

Identity Theft

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

One Political Mailer Speaks Volumes on Lack of Data Security Knowledge

Did you hear the one about the Kentucky GOP candidate who asked his attorney general to investigate the state Democratic Party for allegedly sending out the Republican’s Social Security number and more personal information to thousands of constituents? Sorry to say, there’s no punch line here, because according to recent reports, it actually happened. Introducing… Read More

Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

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Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

Are You Dealing With a Real Debt Collector?

Some less-than-above-board debt collectors deploy a number of unsavory tactics while trying to persuade consumers to give them money, but none worse than this: trying to collect on debts that just don’t exist. It happens, often. Sometimes, bad records are to blame. Debt notes are often sold, re-sold and re-sold again, and during that game… 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

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