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Before You Hire a Contractor

by Federal Trade Commission

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Once you’ve narrowed your options, get written estimates from several firms. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Ask for an explanation to see if there’s a reason for the difference in price. … Continue Reading

Finding a Contractor

by Federal Trade Commission

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Adding a room, renovating a basement, or doing some much-needed repairs? Finding a good contractor is important — a home improvement project gone wrong can cost you. A good ad isn’t proof a contractor does quality work. Find out for yourself. … Continue Reading

Mortgage Brokers put Client Data at risk

by Robert Siciliano

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Your private information may not be safe with your own mortgage lender, even a small one, says cybersecurity firm HALOCK Security Labs. The leak may occur when data goes from applicant to lender. … Continue Reading

Mortgage Identity Theft

by ITRC

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Identity theft is a scary occurrence for any victim. Theft of your social security number or other personally identifying information is traumatizing. It is very disconcerting when identity theft victims discover that thieves have purchased electronics, clothing, or even cars using the stolen identity, but what if someone were to purchase an entire home in your name? … Continue Reading

A Grim Fairytale of Elder Abuse: The Straw Buyer and Reverse Mortgage Scam

by Robin Slade

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Once upon a time a con named Don wanted to purchase a foreclosed, depressed property but was unable to obtain a mortgage. Don enlisted the help of a greedy son-of-a-b*&^% named Mitch to act as a “straw buyer.” They were able to secure a loan because Mitch fraudulently led the bank to believe the property would be used as his primary residence. … Continue Reading

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Tips to being anonymous Online

One of mankind’s greatest inventions (besides the wheel) is the Internet.

Unfortunately, with this marvelous invention comes the drawback of privacy—or shall we say, lack of.
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Deep Flood Water in Residential Area. Des Plains IL USA. City Under River Flood Water. Nature Disasters Photography Collection.
Buying a flood-damaged car could leave you high and dry

Recent storms and flooding plaguing the Midwest and Southeast could impact car buyers across the country. Vehicles damaged by floods in those area can be cleaned up and taken out of state for sale. You might not know a vehicle is damaged until you take a closer look or have a mechanic check it out. … Continue Reading

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Watch out for scholarship scams

Graduation season means optimism about a bright future ahead. Unfortunately, scam artist know how stressful paying for college can be and they’ve tailored a fraud to separate eager students and their families from their money: scholarship scams. As millions of college graduates don their caps and gowns this spring, advocates are warning them of the signs of too-good-to-be-true aid offers. … Continue Reading

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