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Bob Sullivan is author of the New York Times best-sellers Gotcha Capitalism and Stop Getting Ripped Off. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and hundreds of other publications. He has appeared as a consumer advocate and technology expert numerous times on NBC’s TODAY show, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, NPR’s Marketplace, Terry Gross’ Fresh Air, and various other radio and TV outlets. He helped start MSNBC.com and wrote there for nearly 20 years, most of it penning the consumer advocacy column The Red Tape Chronicles. See more at www.bobsullivan.net. Follow Bob Sullivan on Facebook or Twitter.

The Job Scam That Even You Could Fall For

Identity Theft

The Job Scam That Even You Could Fall For

The Job Scam That Even You Could Fall For

This might be the most sophisticated job scam I’ve ever seen. Thanks to a near-victim, you’ll get a rare chance to see a real pro almost pull off a nearly perfect digital caper. You do things when you are job hunting that you wouldn’t normally do. You meet strangers. You share a lot of personal... Read More

A New Credit Bureau Is Opening & It’s All About Payday Loans

Personal Loans

A New Credit Bureau Is Opening & It’s All About Payday Loans

A New Credit Bureau Is Opening & It’s All About Payday Loans

As federal regulators continue efforts to rein in the payday loan industry, one surprising byproduct will likely be the creation of a new kind of credit bureau. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules dealing with short-term, high-interest loans like title and payday loans. These mainly focus on preventing consumers from getting trapped... Read More

The Back-to-School Item That’s Becoming Less Popular

Personal Finance

The Back-to-School Item That’s Becoming Less Popular

The Back-to-School Item That’s Becoming Less Popular

Tablet sales have been shrinking for some time, but there’s fresh evidence that the market for the devices is in distress: Shoppers spending big on back-to-school gadgets expect to buy more external hard drives than new tablets, according to a new survey. And even while spending on back-to-school tech is expected to surge, spending on... Read More

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

Credit Cards

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

Why You May Start Seeing More Chip Card Readers Soon

The switch to chip-enabled credit cards last year came with a serious deadline: New rules went into effect in October making merchants more liable for fraud. As is obvious to everyone who’s swiped when they should have inserted their card at a checkout line, the changeover hasn’t gone as smoothly as hoped. So, quietly, the credit card associations have... Read More

What Happens When HAMP Expires at the End of This Year?

Mortgages

What Happens When HAMP Expires at the End of This Year?

What Happens When HAMP Expires at the End of This Year?

Nearly 10 million Americans lost their homes in the Great Recession. Millions more went through the arduous process of modifying their mortgages, either directly through banks or with the help of federal programs like the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). Still more saw the value of their homes plummet, leaving them underwater and in financial peril. Many at-risk... Read More

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