9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

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9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

9 Summer Scams & How You Can Avoid Them

Summer is a time for sun, fun, exploration and relaxation. Unfortunately, as we unwind there are those who gear up to take advantage of our moments of diversion and distraction. Scammers love summer, too. Here are a few summer scams that can turn a much-needed break from work into a break-the-bank moment or make for… Read More

The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

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The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices

You may already know that every state has an unclaimed funds website that aims to reunite unclaimed property with the rightful owners. However, in the endeavor to provide consumers with as much information as possible, that information is also often easily viewable by potential identity thieves. The State Compendium of Unclaimed Property Practices ranks every… Read More

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

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Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Can You Spot an Email Scam? (Most People Can’t)

Plenty of folks think they could never be outsmarted by a hacker; plenty of them are wrong. In fact, perhaps 97% are wrong. Two new studies make this point, and show the devastating consequences of being wrong. Security firm McAfee has created a tool that lets consumers test their ability to distinguish between real emails… Read More

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

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