What to Do When an Employer Wants Your Credit Report

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What to Do When an Employer Wants Your Credit Report

What to Do When an Employer Wants Your Credit Report

If you’re in the market for a job, you may be aware that some employers run credit checks before they decide to hire an employee. The idea behind this credit check is that employees who are financially responsible will also be responsible at work, and that those who are in financial straits may be more... Read More

The Hidden Costs of College

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The Hidden Costs of College

The Hidden Costs of College

When saving money for a child’s college education, tuition isn’t the only concern. A recent survey by the College Board found on-campus room and board accounts for more than 50% of the total cost at in-state schools. That cost can range on average from $7,500 to $9,500 per year. While financial aid is available to... Read More

How to Get Your Specialty Data Reports

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How to Get Your Specialty Data Reports

How to Get Your Specialty Data Reports

We often talk about the Big Three credit reporting agencies — Equifax, Experian and Transunion. However, there are other specialty data reports about you that are created by data brokers. Data broker reports are not subject to Fair Credit Reporting Act requirements, which means you aren’t entitled to a free peek at their data every... Read More

Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

Identity Theft

Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

Warning: Malaysia Airlines Scam Hits Facebook

Scammers are preying on your curiosity surrounding Malaysia Airlines MH370, the flight that mysteriously disappeared March 8. Viral Facebook posts with fake videos of the “found” plane, many of which claim the flight’s passengers have been saved and are alive, are potentially infected with malware. The posts look like legitimate videos and use attention-grabbing phrases... Read More

How to Manage Bridesmaid Costs

Personal Finance

How to Manage Bridesmaid Costs

How to Manage Bridesmaid Costs

It’s a rite of passage. Being a bridesmaid. When a close friend asks you to stand beside her as she gets married, your first thought may be that it’s an honor. These days, your second thought is probably about your bank account. Being part of a wedding party is expensive and there seem to be... Read More

Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

Credit Cards

Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

Can My Company Credit Card Hurt My Credit?

There are lots of reasons people decide to incorporate a business, but the biggest comes down to personal protection. If the business is sued, for example, you’d want to be able to protect your home and your savings. Many people choose to incorporate their business for that very reason. A reader who incorporated wrote to... Read More

Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

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Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

Watch Out for the Newest College Scholarship Scams

As if students don’t have enough concerns about paying for college, here’s another one: scholarship scams. A recent alert from Fraud.org outlined the red flags students and their families should look out for when searching for scholarship money, focusing on what you should (and should not) expect from scholarship-matching services. Don’t Be Fooled The good... Read More

Forget the Target Breach: Medical ID Theft Is Even Scarier

Identity Theft

Forget the Target Breach: Medical ID Theft Is Even Scarier

Forget the Target Breach: Medical ID Theft Is Even Scarier

If recent disclosures regarding the massive wave of breaches suffered by retailing icons Target, Neiman-Marcus and Sally Beauty haven’t scared you enough, try to wrap your brain around the new Ponemon Institute Patient Privacy and Data Security study. The study has found a 100% increase in criminal attacks on health care organizations since 2010. But if... Read More

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