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Debit Card Risks – What You Need to Know

by Jim Malmberg

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Periodically, we remind our readers that debit cards and credit cards are not the same thing, and that the consumer protections available for each type of card are significantly different from one another. … Continue Reading

How to Spot Charity Scams

by National Consumers League

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You want to help people in need, but you also want to be sure that your charitable donation isn’t simply going into a crook’s pocket. … Continue Reading

Bogus Credit Card Offers

by National Consumers League

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It’s more convenient to use credit cards than cash or checks, especially for large purchases. But companies that offer to help you get a credit card may intend to steal your money instead. … Continue Reading

Post Holiday Online Shopping Security

by Robert Siciliano

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When it comes to online security, don’t let your guard down just because the holiday shopping frenzy has passed. In fact, this may be the very time to put your guard up even higher. … Continue Reading

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the Holiday Shopping Season

by Robert Siciliano

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The holiday season is in full force. Not only is it time to bring out the tinsel while jamming out to holiday music, it’s also time to buckle down on your holiday shopping. Have you made your holiday shopping list yet? Luckily, in the U.S., the biggest shopping days of the year are coming up meaning lots of shopping deals at stores on and offline to help you complete your holiday shopping list. … Continue Reading

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