Personal Finance in the News 12.21.13

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Holiday spending has been an appropriate recurring theme in the financial media recently, and the experts have added their knowledge to the conversations. (@LGers)

People spend a lot of money during the holidays — everyone knows this, including fraudsters, which is why consumers have to be extra vigilant about scams this time of year. Adam Levin,’s chairman and co-founder, was interviewed by USA Today and Forbes for pieces giving consumers advice on how to protect themselves from identity theft and fraud amid the chaos of holiday shopping. (@byronacohido & @samsharf)

Adam also gave tips on how to protect yourself when online shopping in an interview with U.S. News & World Report. (@alphaconsumer) With technology advances, personal data has become increasingly valuable, which Adam discussed with Jim Zirin of Digital Age. (@jimzirin)

Gerri Detweiler,’s director of consumer education, also touched on the topic with MarketWatch about what to do when someone gets hold of your credit or debit card and attempts to use it fraudulently. (@MKTWJaffe)

Ideally, the only spending a cardholder should be worried about is their own, but keeping gift purchases under control can be a huge challenge. put together some holiday budgeting tips, and Gerri provided her expertise. (@scottgamm)

Beyond that collection of holiday-finance advice, Gerri served as a source for stories on general finance stories:

Good Financial Cents interviewed Gerri about the gravity of medical debt. (@jjeffrose)

Marketplace listeners heard Gerri speak about the importance of making monthly payments. (@MarketplaceAPM)

Gerri talked about the advantages and disadvantages to making extra loan payments with Yahoo Finance. (@Farnoosh)

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