Personal Finance in the News 12/8/12

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This week the experts from contributed to a wide range of publications on subjects including identity theft, tax fraud, personal data exposure, credit profile mishaps and DIY savings dos and don’ts. Check out the hits… co-founder, Adam Levin spoke to WTOP about the startling rise in tax refund fraud. He attributes this troubling trend to the massive data breaches at government offices and corporations that have occurred over the past couple of years. He explains that that all though it may not happen overnight the aftermath of having personal identifying information exposed can come in the form of ID theft down the road.

@Adam_K_Levin @WTOP consumer education director, Gerri Detweiler helped answer questions at CNNMoney’s help desk. She explain how difficult it can be to untangle credit reports that have been co-mingled. Although it can be a headache Gerri explains all of the necessary steps that need to be taken to get yourself out of this mess. She advocates always keeping an eye on credit because even once things are resolved there’s always the possibility they can reappear.

@GerriDetweiler @CNNMoney

Gerri also took on a new role when she tested out the cost effectiveness of DIY household cleaners. Boing Boing noticed that Gerri was experimenting with making her own laundry and dishwashing detergent and all purpose cleaner. She shares her finds and offers advice on where to do it yourself and when to rely on store bought products.

@boingboing @frauenfelder

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