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21 ways to Prepare your Credit Cards for Overseas Travel

by Robert Siciliano

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Imagine being overseas, and in the process of using your credit card to make a purchase—and it’s declined—and you have no currency or checkbook. Nightmare.

The decline could be to prevent fraudulent use; perhaps it was recently reported lost, but then found or the country you are in is known for fraud. … Continue Reading

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Raise Good Digital Citizens

by Stay Safe Online

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The Internet is a great place to learn and get entertainment, but it can pose dangers if precautions are not taken. Allowing free access puts your family members, your computer and your personal data at risk. It is important for parents to remain positively engaged, paying attention to the online environments their children use and showing interest in their friends. … Continue Reading

Is Your Kid Safe? How to Prevent Child Identity Theft

by Linda Vincent R.N. P.I.

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A child’s Social Security number and identity can be stolen just as easily as an adult’s. Thieves use their SSNs to open up bank accounts, apply for government benefits, and even rent a place to live. … 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

Physical Credit Card Theft Still a Concern

by ITRC

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With all of the attention that online identity theft, cyber crime, and corporate hacking have received lately, it’s easy to forget that one of the easiest ways to steal a lot of money from you is with simple credit card theft, often due to a lost or stolen wallet. One recent case involved a taxi driver who used the contents of a wallet one of his passengers left in his cab. … Continue Reading

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JP Morgan Chase Customers Need to be Watching their Bank and Credit Card Statements

Last week’s hack of JP Morgan Chase servers may not result in immediate ID theft, but customers of the bank need to be watching their statements closely. A video report of on the extent of the breach – which affects 76 million households – can be found below. While Chase was apparently able to prevent hackers from gaining access to account and social security numbers, you’ll find our analysis of the situation below the video. … Continue Reading

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