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  • Breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks, & MyFitnessPal

    Was your information exposed in the latest data breaches at Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5TH, or Under Armour’s MyFitnessPal? If so, here are some steps to take. First, visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach to get detailed...

    • Posted April 23, 2018
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  • 7 Totally Free Ways to Be Happier Today

    Are you feeling down in the dumps? No need to indulge in some retail therapy or a tropical vacation to cheer yourself up. Here are seven totally free ways to be happier today. Do something nice for...

    • Posted April 23, 2018
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  • Need Help? Call a Semi-Pro

    Two out of the three toilets in my home did not work. I called the plumber, but he never called back. Maybe he was tired of making yet another trek to my house. Meanwhile, my handyman was...

    • Posted April 20, 2018
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  • An Expert Shares the Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

    Public, free Wi-Fi is a convenience that most of us appreciate, but you shouldn’t be blinded by their too-good-to-be-true appeal. Using public Wi-Fi networks might just be one of the riskiest, tech-related mistakes you make on a...

    • Posted April 20, 2018
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  • Robinhood Review — an Easy Way to Start Investing

    I’ll admit it off the bat: I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about investing. Despite the technical analysis seminars I’d tag along with my father to, my past experience with apps like Acorns, and...

    • Posted April 20, 2018
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  • How to Know if the Car You’re About to Buy Is a Lemon

    The truth is, any time we buy anything there’s a risk that the product isn’t all it was cracked up to be. But the stakes get a lot higher when the prices do, and they’re compounded by...

    • Posted April 19, 2018
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  • Talking to Aging Parents About Finances

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if your aging parents could no longer manage their own money or affairs? When should you consider bringing up money management with your parents? And, how do you broach the...

    • Posted April 19, 2018
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  • FTC Asking for Access to Your Computer? It’s a Scam.

    Scammers pretending to be with the FTC or with FTC refund administrators are calling, asking for remote access to your computer. It’s been reported that the scammers are calling specifically about the FTC’s Advanced Tech Support refund...

    • Posted April 19, 2018
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  • CFPB Sues Debt-Relief Companies Illegally Posing As Federal Government

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in federal court against two companies operating under the name “FDAA,” a service provider, and their owners for falsely presenting FDAA as being affiliated with the federal government. The...

    • Posted April 18, 2018
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  • What to Consider When Deciding to Buy a Vehicle

    There are few rites of passage that are as exciting as buying your first new car. I remember it vividly. Unfortunately, that’s mostly because of all mistakes I made in the process and how those decisions would...

    • Posted April 17, 2018
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  • On the Road to Retirement

    You may have heard great stories from friends and co-workers who have borrowed money from their 401(k) to pay for things like weddings, cars and vacations. You are not alone. According to the Employee Benefits Research Institute,...

    • Posted April 17, 2018
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  • Millennial Money Regrets

    What spending did you regret today? Going to the movie theater to see a new first-run flick? Buying plane tickets for an upcoming vacation? Splurging on a latte? Buying day-old sushi at the convenience store? We’re pretty...

    • Posted April 16, 2018
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  • Business License Scams: A Barrier for Reentrants

    It can be hard for a person starting over in life to earn a living — especially if he or she is reentering society from prison. That’s one reason why many reentrants decide to use the trade...

    • Posted April 16, 2018
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  • Shopping for airfare deals

    You want the best deal for your next flight, but the choices can be overwhelming. Will you book directly on an airline’s website, or buy through a site that lets you compare costs across multiple airlines? These...

    • Posted April 13, 2018
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  • The Dark Side of Identity Theft as Told by Victims (Part 2 of 2)

    This is part two of a two part identity theft series As mentioned in part one of this two part series, identity theft is a serious crime that can make anyone its victim. Identity thieves will target...

    • Posted April 12, 2018
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  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Large Purchase

    I don’t know about you but spending money scares me. While I used to buy items with reckless abandon and throw down hard-earned cash for whatever caught my fancy, my frugal 30s have taught me to think...

    • Posted April 11, 2018
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  • Playing Catch-Up With Your Retirement Planning

    I’m starting over with no retirement. With the economy we’ve had over the past decade, there are lots of middle-aged people like me, who through company closings, stupid choices, divorce, etc. have little retirement savings and are...

    • Posted April 11, 2018
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  • The Dark Side of Identity Theft as Told by Victims (Part 1 of 2)

    This is part one of a two part identity theft series. Identity theft can take several forms and has sparked fear in millions of people. One of the most terrifying aspects of identity theft is the fact...

    • Posted April 11, 2018
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  • 5 Reasons Not to Pay Off Student Loans Early

    MoneyTips You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your education. We hope that your education has turned into a job that provides a decent income and the ability to pay back your student loans early...

    • Posted April 10, 2018
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  • 7 Mistakes to Avoid After Mortgage Pre-Approval

    MoneyTips Congratulations! You’ve been pre-approved for a mortgage loan on your dream home. You made it past many hurdles, but be careful – you haven’t completed the race just yet. The wrong actions after your pre-approval process...

    • Posted April 10, 2018
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  • Got Student Loan Debt? Don’t be Scammed.

    If you’ve got student loan debt, you’ve probably seen ads or been ed by companies promising they can help. Some are scams – and the FTC is going after them. Today the FTC announced Operation Game of...

    • Posted April 10, 2018
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  • Launching a Successful Part Time Business in Retirement Without Jeopardizing Your Savings

    You’re ready to retire or recently retired. But, you’re not ready to spend all your time on the golf course or playing mahjong. So you’re thinking of starting a part-time business to help fill your retirement years....

    • Posted April 9, 2018
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  • As Your Savings Grows, What Should You Do With Your Extra Cash?

    In your life, there are many “money milestones” that you may encounter as you work, save, and spend. Incidentally, some of these will be less pronounced and obvious than others. Case in point, I’ve recently come across...

    • Posted April 9, 2018
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  • 5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste by 20%

    “Waste not, want not.” While I was growing up, this adage was tossed about by many frugal parents and grandparents in my neighborhood. But over the past five decades, that message has somehow ended up by the...

    • Posted April 6, 2018
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  • Money Questions When You’re Engaged

    The ring is on her finger, and the wedding date is set. You are officially engaged. Now what? Your financial lives are setting up before you, and you know that you need a plan. Your future will...

    • Posted April 6, 2018
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  • Removal of Public Records has Little Effect on Consumers’ Credit Scores

    Recently we released the latest quarterly consumer credit trends report, this time focusing on the removal of civil public records from consumer credit reports. The three nationwide credit reporting companies—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—entered into a settlement with...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • Phishers Send Fake Invoices

    We’ve recently heard that scammers are recycling an old phishing attempt. In this version, scammers, posing as a well-known tech company, email a phony invoice showing that you’ve recently bought music or apps from them. The email...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • 9 Financial Problems After a Natural Disaster—and What You Can do About Them

    Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and their resulting financial problems Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and the wildfires in California may be months behind us, but we know people continue to deal with the effects of these natural disasters...

    • Posted April 5, 2018
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  • 10 Ways to Prevent Non-Essential Spending

    In a world where it is drummed into us to buy things and that doing so even makes us happier, non-essential spending can play havoc with our finances. What is non-essential spending? It is spending money for...

    • Posted April 4, 2018
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  • New Medicare Cards Coming Soon

    New Medicare cards are coming soon. Here’s what you need to know about your new card. Plus, how to avoid related scams. Starting in April 2018, Medicare will begin mailing new cards to everyone who gets Medicare...

    • Posted April 3, 2018
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  • The Heartbreak of Spousal Identity Theft

    It’s Valentine’s Day and you and your spouse are enjoying a candle lit dinner at your favorite restaurant. Everything feels picture perfect as you end your evening sharing a heart-shaped chocolate dessert. When you try to pay...

    • Posted April 2, 2018
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  • Why Millennials Should Stop Shunning Credit Cards

    Apparently many in my generation — albeit a bit younger than I am — are ditching credit cards. That’s the conclusion Fortune came to based on data that finds only one-third of Millennials utilize credit cards, the majority of...

    • Posted March 30, 2018
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  • People Harmed by the RushCard Outages in October 2015 May be Eligible to Receive Compensation

    Today, people who weren’t able to access the money on their RushCards in October 2015, but no longer have an active RushCard account, will have redress checks mailed to them.  And earlier this month, people who were...

    • Posted March 30, 2018
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  • Got Toys”R”Us gift cards?

    If you’ve been following the news, you’ve probably seen that the iconic Toys”R”Us is winding down its business operations in the U.S., and closing its stores across the country, including stores in Puerto Rico. At this time,...

    • Posted March 29, 2018
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  • 7 Tips for Saving Money on Your Disney Parks Vacation

    This might seem random coming from a personal finance enthusiast, but I love the Disney theme parks. The reason this may seem strange is because resorts like Disneyland and Walt Disney World are famously expensive and continue...

    • Posted March 29, 2018
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  • FTC to Begin Mailing Checks to Victims of Tech Support Scam

    The Federal Trade Commission will begin mailing 36,830 checks totaling $10,158,601, to consumers who lost money to a technical support scam. Inbound Call Experts, LLC, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, along with other defendants, agreed to...

    • Posted March 28, 2018
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  • Bitcoin + Online Chain Referral = Illegal Scheme

    Ever get a chain letter in the mail or online? Then you know the drill — you send money to a person at the top of the list, then take their name off and add yours to...

    • Posted March 28, 2018
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  • Surviving a Cash Crisis

    At one time or another, we are all faced with a crisis wherein we need cash quickly. Depending on how desperate for cash you may find yourself, the list below explores a few ways to raise money...

    • Posted March 28, 2018
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  • Does Your Kid Owe Taxes?

    It seems inconceivable that something as innocent as a lemonade stand could rouse the interest of the IRS. Believe it or not, though, there are a number of entrepreneurial activities your kids might try which would yield...

    • Posted March 27, 2018
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  • The True Cost of March Madness… for the Fans

    March Madness. The NCAA Playoffs. The World Cup. The World Series. These are just a few of the major sporting events that Americans spend lots of time and money on… and it’s usually seen as worth it...

    • Posted March 27, 2018
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  • Get-Rich Scheme Sold to Wannabe Amazon Sellers

    “Get started selling on Amazon and make $5,000 – $10,000 in the next 30 days… even if you’ve never sold anything online before.” That’s one of the pitches the promoters of a large get-rich scheme used to...

    • Posted March 26, 2018
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  • Western Union Refunds Scam Alert

    We’ve heard that people are getting official-looking emails about the Western Union settlement. The thing to know is that you cannot apply for a refund by email. The scam emails we’ve seen ask for information about your...

    • Posted March 26, 2018
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  • What the Latest Fed Rate Hike Means for You

    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday hiked its benchmark interest rate from 1.5% to 1.75%, the highest its been since 2008. The central bank also suggested that additional rate increases are coming later this year. So what does...

    • Posted March 26, 2018
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  • How to Prep Your Credit for Whatever’s on Your Financial Wish List

    Back in San Francisco in 2012, I was one of many NYC transplants desperately trying to find an apartment in a city that just didn’t have enough to go around. So many people were in the same...

    • Posted March 23, 2018
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  • 5 Ways to Reduce the Cost of Operating Your Car

    Buying a car is expensive enough, but most people would agree that owning a car is far more taxing on one’s finances, with unexpected repairs, gas money, parking fees and traffic summons quickly adding up. In this...

    • Posted March 23, 2018
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  • Defendants Settle FTC Charges in ‘Money Now Funding’ Credit Card Laundering Scheme

    Michael Abdelmesseh and KMA Merchant Services LLC have agreed to settle a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit for laundering credit card charges for Money Now Funding (MNF), a business opportunity scheme that falsely promised consumers they would make...

    • Posted March 20, 2018
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  • Watch Out for These New Tax Scams

    They’re at it again… tax scammers scheming new ways to steal personal information and money. In the first scenario, identity thieves file a fake tax return and have the refund deposited into your bank account. The thieves...

    • Posted March 20, 2018
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  • Durham North Carolina Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison

    A Durham, North Carolina, tax return preparer was sentenced to 20 months in prison today for aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the...

    • Posted March 20, 2018
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  • FTC Sending Refund Checks Totaling More Than $437,000 to Consumers Who Bought Bogus Weight-loss Products

    Defendants bombarded consumers with illegal spam email pitching supplements The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 18,301 refund checks totaling more than $437,000 to people who bought bogus weight-loss products from Colby Fox, Christopher Reinhold and their companies,...

    • Posted March 19, 2018
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  • Retirement and Your 401k

    How will my money be given out to me from my 401k when I retire? Will a portion be given monthly or will it be given in a lump sum? I would like to get a big...

    • Posted March 19, 2018
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