8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

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8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

8 Scams That Can Ruin Your Vacation

Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this year, which means spring is right around the corner. For the winter weary, however, summer is still too far away and the lure of blue-green seascapes under sunny skies is strong. If you’ve decided to take the plunge, remember: Your vacation is supposed to be a time to... Read More

Paying Over the Phone With a Credit Card: Are There Risks?

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Paying Over the Phone With a Credit Card: Are There Risks?

Paying Over the Phone With a Credit Card: Are There Risks?

Ever wondered what the difference is between using your credit card over the phone versus in person or online? When you use your credit card to make purchases by phone, some things work just as they do when you hand your card over. But there are also some major distinctions. Verbal authorizations of credit card purchases by phone are declining... Read More

Why Are Americans’ Stolen Credit Cards Worth Only $5?

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Why Are Americans’ Stolen Credit Cards Worth Only $5?

Why Are Americans’ Stolen Credit Cards Worth Only $5?

You’d think your name, birthdate, Social Security number and credit card data would be priceless. But according to a new report from Intel Security, U.S. credit card data is much less valuable than data found in the U.K., Canada, Australia or European Union. In fact, it’s only worth a measly $30. (That drops to $5 if you’re just after computer-generated... Read More

4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Online

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4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Online

4 Ways to Protect Your Credit Cards Online

EMV chip credit cards made their widespread debut this year, but that doesn’t mean your credit cards and debit cards are impervious to fraud. In fact, the chips are only truly effective if you use them for in-store transactions. Their security code changes every time you dip one, so thieves using skimming devices at registers can’t get all... Read More

Help! My Mom & Dad Maxed Out Credit Cards in My Name

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Help! My Mom & Dad Maxed Out Credit Cards in My Name

Help! My Mom & Dad Maxed Out Credit Cards in My Name

Family and finances can be a tricky mix. We often hear stories, for instance, about parents co-signing for a credit card so their child can build credit only to have the offspring’s reckless charging lead to a bill neither party can afford to pay. Addressing this type of issue is delicate enough, but what happens when traditional family roles are reversed and... Read More

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