3 Renter Gotchas

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3 Renter Gotchas

3 Renter Gotchas

It’s already hard enough to find an affordable home or apartment to rent (especially if you live in one of these cities). Rental prices are rising fast around the country, even in unexpected places like Kansas City and Portland. But as more people turn to online help to find a decent home, there are more… Read More

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

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Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

Last-Minute Tax Filers: Beware of This Obamacare Scam

For all stripe of rip-off artist, tax season might as well be called open season. Scams are legion, and navigating a solution after the fact can be somewhere between maddening and negotiating an Iran deal that everyone likes. Last month the IRS issued a warning that received scant attention from the media, but nonetheless could… Read More

‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

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‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

‘Free Cruise’ Robocalls Get FTC Crackdown

A massive telemarketing robocalling campaign called millions of consumers every day with sales pitches for cruises disguised as political surveys, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday. The total number of calls involved in the campaign was “over a billion,” an agency spokesman said. The FTC and 10 state attorneys general allege that a network of… Read More

More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

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More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

More People Are Complaining About Debt Collection Scams

Fake debt collection scams are on the rise, and now rank among the top complaints scammed consumers file around the country, the National Consumers League says. The consumer advocacy organization issued a special warning about the scams, which generally involve a cold call from a would-be criminal trying to intimidate the recipient into paying for… Read More

5 Ways Identity Thieves Can Steal Christmas

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5 Ways Identity Thieves Can Steal Christmas

5 Ways Identity Thieves Can Steal Christmas

During the holidays consumers are more giving and willing to open their wallets to spend on presents and donate to charity — something identity thieves count on. Thieves often prey on victims during the holidays through a variety of schemes to take their information and their money. Since the Grinch isn’t the only one out to… Read More

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

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CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

CFPB Sues Texas Company for Issuing ‘Sham’ Credit Card

A Texas firm accused of selling consumers a buying club card disguised as a general-purpose credit card was sued Wednesday by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The card, offered by Union Workers Credit Services cost $37 for snail-mail applicants and $95 online, the CFPB said. While thousands of consumers signed up for the card, most… Read More

CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

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CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

CFPB Takes Action Against 2 Student Loan ‘Debt Relief’ Companies

Two firms accused of offering false hope to student loan borrowers seeking lower monthly payments or other debt relief have been sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency announced Thursday. According to the bureau, both firms “tricked” consumers into paying upfront fees to access federal loan benefits, which in many cases were free…. Read More

Santa Claus Is Coming… for Your Credit Cards

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Santa Claus Is Coming… for Your Credit Cards

Santa Claus Is Coming… for Your Credit Cards

If you really want to convince your kids they’ve received a letter from Santa, practice your creative handwriting skills or ask a friend to write one — buying one off the Internet probably isn’t the way to go. While there appear to be some legitimate “Letters from Santa” businesses online and plenty of free downloadable… Read More

How to Spot a ‘Work From Home’ Scam

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How to Spot a ‘Work From Home’ Scam

How to Spot a ‘Work From Home’ Scam

“Local mom makes $6,795/month part-time!” How? Easy! Posting links on websites. Helping charities raise money. Signing up friends. And really, it is possible — but then, so is winning the lottery this week. Follow that ‘mom’ offer (how did they know what town I live in?) and you’ll find yourself on a page that explains… Read More

The 12 Scams of Christmas

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The 12 Scams of Christmas

The 12 Scams of Christmas

Perhaps you’ve noticed: There are scams all over the Internet, run by ill-intentioned people hoping you’re careless or gullible enough to fall into their traps. They want your name, your email address, your passwords and, most of all, your money. Yeah, you get it — people have been warning you about scams for years. You… Read More

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