Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Identity Theft

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Nope, the FBI Isn’t Calling You for Money

Phone scammers often pretend to be debt collectors, election or IRS officials — heck, they’ve even pretended to be you calling you to scam yourself. Now they’re pretending to be the FBI in hopes of swindling you out of some cash and possibly your personal information as well. The FBI’s Philadelphia field office issued a warning Wednesday saying a phone scam... Read More

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

Identity Theft

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

See an ATM Skimmer in Action

Skimming is a fairly common scam, which involves thieves placing a device over an ATM or other payment terminal that steals debit or credit card information from any cards used at that machine. But criminals are taking this one step further thanks to Russian-speaking Skimer group. The Kaspersky Lab reports that these Skimer scams began in 2010... Read More

9 Helpful Tools for Fixing Your Credit

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9 Helpful Tools for Fixing Your Credit

9 Helpful Tools for Fixing Your Credit

You know you have a problem — a credit score problem — but you don’t know how to fix it. There are so many different possibilities that could be the source of your credit problems that it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some tools to help you understand, diagnose and manage your... Read More

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Identity Theft Is Dead! Long Live Identity Theft!

Incidents of identity theft held fairly steady last year, according to a new report by Javelin Strategy and Research. It would seem with time-honored methods of ripping people off going the way of Bonnie and Clyde, fraudsters — ever sophisticated, creative and persistent — scrambled to find new ways to increase revenues in 2015. Of... Read More

How I Made $500 Off My Credit Cards This Year

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How I Made $500 Off My Credit Cards This Year

How I Made $500 Off My Credit Cards This Year

I’ve never considered myself a credit card rewards master. I don’t do any of the “hacks” that can help you earn more rewards. I don’t apply for a bunch of new credit cards every year to game the sign-up bonus system. And I don’t strategize and analyze every purchase to make sure I’m getting the... Read More

Are E-Gift Cards Safe? Here’s What to Know

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Are E-Gift Cards Safe? Here’s What to Know

Are E-Gift Cards Safe? Here’s What to Know

As the days disappear from the December calendar, panic can start to set in as last-minute gift shopping heats up. Increasingly, consumers are easing the tension by giving digital — digital gift cards, that is. Email gifts continue to skyrocket in popularity, with consumers preferring their ease of delivery, speed of purchase and “coolness,” according to transaction... Read More

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