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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 Government Cracks Down on More Debt Collectors

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The Government Cracks Down on More Debt Collectors

The Government Cracks Down on More Debt Collectors

“Final notice before arrest,” the scary mailings reportedly read. “A Warrant round-up is coming.” The notices threatened recipients with “arrest at your home or office,” or “jail confinement for a considerable amount of time.” The postcards and letters, sent by a Dallas-based collection agency calling itself “Warrant Enforcement Division,” also broke the law, the Federal Trade... Read More

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

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Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Millennials Are So Over Debit Cards. Here’s Why.

Using plastic that automatically deducts payments from a checking account has apparently fallen out of favor with the kids. Debit card usage is at a seven-year low among young adults, according to a new report published by Mercator Advisory Group. Debit card usage is flat for most of the general population. The difference is small... Read More

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

Identity Theft

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

2015: The Year in Data Breaches

Every year at about this time, technology reporters typically recount the big computer crimes from the past 12 months and proclaim “The Year of the Hacker” or some such moniker. This year, it fits. Two years ago, the Target hack ushered in a new era of credit card theft awareness and ultimately helped inspire a big change in the way... Read More

How to Spot a Bogus Diet Plan

Personal Finance

How to Spot a Bogus Diet Plan

How to Spot a Bogus Diet Plan

It’s the time of year when people look at their bank accounts — and their scales — and resolve to do a bit better next year. There’s more than a coincidental connection between eating healthy and saving money. Researchers have found that, at least in some cases, the same part of the brain that promotes good choices... Read More

Why Chip Credit Cards Are Stressing Out This Cashier

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Why Chip Credit Cards Are Stressing Out This Cashier

Why Chip Credit Cards Are Stressing Out This Cashier

If you think using your new chip credit card is annoying, imagine what it’s like on the other side of the cash register. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because store clerk Dawn is going to tell you. As U.S. consumers and merchants get used to the new chip-enabled EMV credit and debit cards, there have been some hiccups... Read More

The True Cost of Living in America: Oklahoma City

Personal Finance

The True Cost of Living in America: Oklahoma City

The True Cost of Living in America: Oklahoma City

Elle Adkins has lived in Oklahoma City all her adult life, so she has a different perspective on the once-sleepy, dusty capital city that’s become a boomtown. “It used to be dreadful, and now we have all this new and exciting stuff,” she said. Credit.com recently wrote about the top 10 most affordable U.S. cities, defined by... Read More

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