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Better Money Habits for Everyone

by Terry Savage

Writing a Check

Everyone agrees that financial literacy is critically important. That’s why April is National Financial Literacy Month. It’s not a new concept. Over the past 25 years there has been no lack of opportunity for our citizens — starting in grade school and even into adulthood — to access information about using money wisely. … Continue Reading

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

Healthcare Signup Made Easy

by Terry Savage

Medical Identity Theft

Smart shoppers know it pays to shop around — especially when it comes to health insurance. And with the February 15 deadline rapidly approaching for the Affordable Care Act plans, this is a project you can’t postpone. … Continue Reading

Don’t let tax scammers get away with it

by Federal Trade Commission

Tax Return

Tax season is getting close — and for some people, so is an experience with tax identity theft or IRS imposters. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. You usually find out something’s wrong after you file your tax return. … Continue Reading

Nearly Twenty Percent of Consumers Have Unpaid Medical Bills On Their Credit Report

by Jim Malmberg

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A new study by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) shows that nearly 43 million American consumers have unpaid medical bills on their credit reports. These unpaid bills are damaging credit and indicate that many consumers are confused about how much they owe and what their responsibilities are when they receive medical invoices. … Continue Reading

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Social Media Gift Exchange is Really a Scam

It may only be November, but scammers are already taking advantage of holiday goodwill. The latest seasonal scam is a gift exchange that’s actually a pyramid scheme. Look out for this con on Facebook, Instagram and other social sites.

How the Scam Works: … Continue Reading

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Veterans’ Pensions – Protect Your Money From Poachers

Veterans and their families are a target for some dishonest advisers who are claiming to offer free help with paperwork for pension claims. The scheme involves attorneys, financial planners, and insurance agents trying to persuade veterans over 65 to make decisions about their pensions without giving them the whole truth about the long-term consequences. … Continue Reading

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Child Identity theft is becoming Solvable

You’ve seen TV commercials and print ads about identity theft, and the “victim” is always an adult. That’s not realistic. The actor-portrayal should be that of a child. Yes, a kid.

Children are 51 times more likely than adults to have their identity stolen, says research from Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab. … Continue Reading

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