Editor | In Credit Score, Identity Theft
Jill Krasny is a freelance writer living in NYC. In addition to Credit.com, she regularly contributes to MTV, Esquire, Mashable, Complex and PBS, among others.
Identity theft is all too common these days, but a shocking new report from the Federal Trade Commission highlights just how bad the situation’s become. Identity theft isn’t just the top complaint in America — which it’s been for the past 13 years — complaints “surged by 32%” in 2012, bringing the total estimated number... Read More
Last week, a dozen high profile celebrities, government officials and politicians were victims of hackers who posted sensitive financial information online. The victims included Jay Z, Beyonce, Paris Hilton, Ashton Kutcher, Mel Gibson and Michelle Obama. In the beginning, some news outlets dismissed the story as boring, saying there wasn’t anything particularly exciting about the... Read More
No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too late to dust off your credit reports and learn exactly where you stand. Especially these days when the average boomer is swimming in debt and the long-term unemployed are relying on credit just to make ends meet. Worse still, a recent study found it... Read More
For so many of us, checking our credit reports is probably not at the top of the to-do list (unless there’s a pressing need). However, failing to take the time to regularly do so can be a costly mistake. “I’ve had the experience of routinely getting my credit report, only to find a couple credit... Read More
When one year ends and another begins, it’s hard not to look ahead and strive to do better. And when it comes to credit, we’re definitely creatures of habit. We resolve to spend less, but open store credit cards anyway. We vow to pay off debt, but only put down the minimum due. We aim... Read More
There’s more to travel than road trips and games, as travelers can be prime targets for scams. To make sure you keep every cent in your pocket, we’ve listed the most common scams to watch out for. ‘Free’ Wi-Fi: You might think you’re being slick by “booting” free Wi-Fi at the airport, but think again.... Read More
The 9 to 5 grind is quickly becoming a thing of the past. According to the Freelancer’s Union, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based organization, nearly 42 million Americans have gone rogue, either due to the loss of a full-time job or the desire for a flexible lifestyle. That’s good news for employers who’d rather not pay for... Read More
Can poor credit cost you a job offer? Depending on the job you’re applying for, it just might. While studies have not shown a correlation between lower credit scores and financial crimes, it’s still standard practice for many employers look to your credit history as one indicator of future job performance. Your credit report is... Read More
Rewards cards are all the rage lately, but should you use your rewards points before you lose them in 2013? The answer might be simpler than you think. According to Jason Steele, a credit card expert with Credit.com, most cards don’t have any year-end considerations to speak of. The majority of issuers look to activity,... Read More
As more consumers pick up their smartphone and tablet to go holiday shopping, cyber crooks will try just about anything to dupe them out of their hard-earned money. Forty percent of identity theft victims were targeted while making online purchases in 2011, according to an identity fraud report by Javelin Strategy & Research. Meanwhile identity... Read More
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