May 2013

A Guide to Protecting Foster Kids’ Credit

Every year, more than 26,000 kids in the United States age out of foster care. Remember how difficult it was to navigate through the world when you were 18? Now imagine you had to do it with nearly no support system – and with a mountain of debt in your name, thanks to identity theft. Continue Reading >

Veterans – A Great Asset

While Memorial Day is an opportunity to honor and pay tribute to all men and women who died in military service to our nation, every day is an opportunity to thank the veterans we know for their service. Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the best interests of veterans in mind. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Recovering from a Health Care Hustle

The FTC announced today that it will mail more than $700,000 in refunds to people who thought they paid for medical insurance but were sold worthless medical discount plans instead. Continue Reading >

“Green Card” Lottery Scams

The results for the 2014 Diversity Visa Lottery are now available at dvlottery.state.gov.

That’s good news for people who are hoping to become “lawful permanent residents” in the US (sometimes referred to as “getting a green card”).

But it’s also a good opportunity for scammers to try to confuse hopeful applicants.

If you’ve entered the diversity visa lottery, don’t be fooled by emails that say you’ve won, or that ask you to send money to claim your spot. Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Slam the Door on Phishing Scams

Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has released new tips and a short, funny video to help you spot and avoid phishing. Continue Reading >

Something Smells Phishy…

Have you ever received an email from a business that asked you to respond with personal or financial information? Maybe even a text from a company that threatened to close your account if you didn’t verify your identity? That smells phishy.

Scammers are looking to lure you in with bogus emails and pop-ups that seem safe. In fact, if they get your information, they’ll use it to commit fraud.

Learn how to sniff out phishing attacks and avoid being scammed.  Continue Reading >

Beware of Summer Job Scams

Summer break for many college and high school students is right around the corner. It is during this time that students begin their search for summer employment and temporary work.

BBB is warning students to do their research before accepting the ideal sounding job and to be aware of these tip offs that an “employment opportunity” might actually be a scam: Continue Reading >

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Scam Alerts

Buying the Best Gift Card for Mom…and You

As Mother’s Day approaches, you’re probably wondering what to get the mom who may have everything. More than likely, gift cards have crossed your mind as the perfect solution.

The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, recommends these tips to ensure the card you choose is, truly, the perfect present — for both of you:

Buying Gift Cards  Continue Reading >