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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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How to win the War on Phishing

A phishing attack is a trick e-mail sent randomly to perhaps a million recipients, and the thief counts on the numbers game aspect: Out of any given huge number of people, a significant percentage will fall for the trick. … Continue Reading

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Scam Alert — How Scammers Turned a Letter from Santa into a Con

The holiday season is here, and so are the scams. Watch out for fraudulent website offering “Letters from Santa.” Some of these sites promise a custom letter from the man at the North Pole but don’t deliver. … Continue Reading

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Don’t Let “Grinches” Ruin Your Holiday Season

Scams happen year round but become particularly prevalent during the holiday season. Scammers know that consumers are rushed and likely don’t have the time to be as careful as they would like to be. These thieves also know that consumers are doing more and more shopping online. … Continue Reading

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