How to Stand Up to Your Student Loan Servicer

Students

How to Stand Up to Your Student Loan Servicer

How to Stand Up to Your Student Loan Servicer

Perhaps there’s a bit of irony in the name “student loan servicer,” considering the number of stories out there about the less-than-satisfactory customer service they provide. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau started collecting complaints about student loan servicers in March 2012, and the most recent annual report from the CFPB said the bureau had fielded... Read More

PayPal President’s Credit Card Hacked

Identity Theft

PayPal President’s Credit Card Hacked

PayPal President’s Credit Card Hacked

When David Marcus’ credit card was skimmed, cloned and used for an unauthorized shopping spree, he saw a business opportunity. That’s because Marcus is the president of PayPal, an Internet-based payment processing business that has been billed as an alternative to the tedious and sometimes insecure process of entering a credit card number when making... Read More

How Your Taxes Could Hurt Your Homebuying Chances

Mortgages

How Your Taxes Could Hurt Your Homebuying Chances

How Your Taxes Could Hurt Your Homebuying Chances

Are you planning on buying or refinancing a home this year? When it comes to your taxes, be careful. If you’re trying to save a few bucks when paying Uncle Sam, you might be doing things that could cost you your mortgage. When You’re an Employee First, let’s take a look at the tax moves... Read More

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

Identity Theft

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

Can You Do Anything to Prevent Identity Theft?

The question is as old as the first case of credit card fraud. “What can I do to protect myself?” I’ve been hearing that question a lot lately, as tales of leaked credit card data and other personal information mount. Target, Neiman Marcus…you know the list now. These high-profile hacks shined a light on a... Read More

Credit Card Use Rebounded in December

Credit Cards

Credit Card Use Rebounded in December

Credit Card Use Rebounded in December

Americans are continuing to finance more of what they buy with credit as the economy strengthens, according to a recent report from the Federal Reserve. Outstanding consumer credit — which includes debt on credit cards and car loans, for example — grew at an annual rate of about 6%, the same as last year. U.S.... Read More

My Bank Called My Dad & Got Him to Pay My Mortgage

Managing Debt

My Bank Called My Dad & Got Him to Pay My Mortgage

My Bank Called My Dad & Got Him to Pay My Mortgage

Think back to elementary school when you made a mistake and worried that the teacher would tell your parents, and how you dreaded it. A bit of privacy for personal missteps is one of the perks of adulthood, at least for most people. But not all. Recently a reader using the handle “adrep” got in... Read More

Drive & Dash: The $1,000 Cab Ride Debacle

Personal Finance

Drive & Dash: The $1,000 Cab Ride Debacle

Drive & Dash: The $1,000 Cab Ride Debacle

New York and Boston aren’t really that close. For example, most people aren’t going to hail a cab at JFK and tell the driver to take them on a four-hour drive that covers three states and about 200 miles. Because that’s going to cost nearly $1,000. Despite these seemingly obvious reasons to take, say, a... Read More

My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

Credit Score

My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

My Credit Report Thinks I’m Dead!

It’s always distressing to be rejected for a credit line, but perhaps the worst is when you find that you’ve been reported as dead. However outrageous it may sound, this does occasionally happen, and I’ve helped several of my own clients through the process of correcting this error. Being reported as dead can happen to... Read More

Show Me More

Certain credit cards and other financial products mentioned in this and other articles on Credit.com News & Advice may also be offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com will be compensated if our users apply for and ultimately sign up for any of these cards or products. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment.