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IRS Warns of Phone Scams

How to protect your personal information

Fraudsters are attempting to use their engaging phone skills to trick you out of your…

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Computer Chips Coming to a Credit Card Near You

Notice something different about your credit card?

The new computer chips make it harder for thieves to get your information from your…

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Money-Flipping Scams on Instagram Popular

Beware of these get-rich-quick schemes

Those often annoying, but very attractive claims posted under Instagram photos to make lots of…

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Three Things to Look for When Checking Your Credit Report

Here's what you need to pay attention to

You’re entitled to receive one free credit report each year from each of the three…

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FTC Requests Shutdown of Fake Credit-Debt Scheme

The government agency aims to protect consumers

Phony debt relief/credit repair programs, allegedly made false statements that they were funded by the…

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Study: Many Data-Breach Victims Don’t Fight Back

Don't make it easy for fraudsters

Consumers underestimate the likelihood they will become the victim of a security breach.

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Watch out for Hotel Scams

Your daily money bite

Some scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting hotel guests.

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Fraud: Fake Credit Union Operator Admits Guilt

Indianapolis resident Timothy Coughlin created several fake credit unions in an attempt to get rich…

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Would You Use a Cardless Mobile ATM?

Would you feel safe doing this?

The ATM will require members of its credit union to download its mobile wallet and…

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Identity Theft [Video]

Have you ever been the victim of identity theft?

Identity theft can be committed in several ways

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Identity Theft Listed as Top FTC Consumer Complain in 2013

Fraud and identity theft combined for almost 70% of complaints last year

More than half of the complaints were fraud based

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Be honest in your financial dealings. “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”     —Proverbs 13:11

Watch Out for Malaysia Airline Scams on Facebook

Don't fall for scammers' tricks

If you see a post in your Facebook feed with a video claiming the…

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Tax-Time Identity Theft: The IRS Tells You What to Do [Video]

Here's an action plan if your personal information is at risk

If you believe that you’re the victim of one of the IRS “dirty dozen” tax…

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File Electronically 	Last year alone, 99 million people—70 percent of all individual taxpayers—used IRS e-file to electronically transmit their tax returns, according to the government agency. With electronic filing, you can literally submit your taxes up until the very last second without penalty. E-filing is an easy and cost-effective method to filing your taxes. Plus, it does the math for you. If you’re concerned about not knowing all the credits you qualify for, remember, most software programs have step-by-step instructions, which increases accuracy and the possibility of receiving a larger refund. Those with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less may be able to use the IRS’s Free File option, where taxpayers use online software donated by TurboTax and other tax agencies.

What to Do If Someone Else Gets Your Tax Forms

A plan for dealing with tax trouble

Tax season can be a stressful time of year. You certainly don’t want to…

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Inflated Refunds Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Don’t trust a tax preparer who makes outrageous promises

Each year, the IRS releases its list of “dirty dozen” tax scams to watch out…

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Phone Fraud Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Is your phone ringing? It could be a scammer on the line

Have you ever been scammed?

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Tax Season 2014: Watch Out for Tax-Related Identity Theft

Keep an eye out for tax-time thieves

Your identity could be stolen

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Shred, don’t toss, important papers.  Any sensitive documents that won’t be going with you should be shred, not just thrown into a trashcan. Identity thieves often go “dumpster diving” to find information or get paperwork they can use to illegally open accounts in your name.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: Data Breach

Your daily money bite

A data breach does not have to be digital

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More Customers Affected By Target Data Breach

Retailer revises numbers to show a lot more customers were affected than originally thought

Make sure you check—and then double-check–your account statements

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9 Steps To Protect Yourself From Crooks on Cyber Monday

Don't get ripped off while holiday shopping online

Be careful where you input your information

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Stop Thieves From Digging Up The Identities of the Dead

How to guard your deceased loved one's identity from modern-day grave robbers.

Last year the identities of almost 2.5 million deceased American were used to fraudulently open…

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Protect Your Child from Back-to-School ID Theft

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity thief.

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity…

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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Ask the Money Coach: How to Improve Your Finances in 2012

What money questions you should ask yourself as you head into 2012

The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what money questions you need to ask as…

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

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Recovering From Bank Fraud

What to do if your bank account is wiped out

Last October, Patricia Washington’s doctor’s office informed her that her debit card payment for the…

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Buying Identity Theft Insurance

You'd be surprised by the people you know who have victims of identity theft. Here's how and why you should protect yourself

You’d be surprised by the people you know who have victims of identity theft. Here’s…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity During Job Seeking

Don't make yourself vulnerable to fraud and scams when looking for work

Here are 5 tips on how to protect your identity and avoid scams while looking…

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Moving Soon? Be Careful Thieves Don’t Move with Your Identity

A lot goes into moving, and often times identity protection is not top of mind. Here's how to protect yourself during the transition

A lot goes into a big relocation, and often times identity protection is not top…

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5 Ways to Protect Your Mail from Identity Theft

Don't let sensitive information get into the wrong hands

Mail theft is one of the top ways that people’s identities are compromised. But there…

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Consumer Alert: Watch out for Tax-Related ID Theft

See what steps you can take to protect yourself

You’ve filed your taxes, dropped the forms in the mail, and now you’re breathing a…

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4 Circumstances that Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

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Love & Money: Online Dating Financial Scams

Dont let your search for love ruin your finances.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If Cupid hasn’t been returning your texts, it might be…

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

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Managing Credit: How to Prove You’re Not Dead

Your guide to building and protecting your credit

It’s time to replace your car, so you shop around for the best deal, pick…

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Who Should Have Your Social Security Number?

Protect one of your most valuable pieces of information

Last July, Harrine Freeman was at a gas station when thieves busted her car window…

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When Identity Theft Hits Close to Home

What to do when a family member steals your identity

Imagine if when you were a child, one of your parents opened a few credit…

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Beware of Census Scams

Fill out your form, but keep in mind these four tips to keep you and your information safe

It’s that time again. The deadline to submit your census form is drawing near–April 1,…

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Protect Your Privacy

Once it's gone, it�s hard to get it back. Avoid these three common mistakes.

In this fast-paced, digital age, everyone is connected. Unfortunately, that makes it very easy for…

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Help! My Dad Has a Credit Card in My Name

What to do when a family member steals your identity

When “Jonathan” was 14-years-old, his Dad opened a few credit cards and acquired a few…

By Renita Burns

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While Holiday Shopping, Guard Against Identity Theft

Frenzied shopping and a tidal wave of phone, mail and Internet marketing create just the right environment of distraction for crooks.

The holiday season is prime time for identity theft. It’s no wonder: the mix…

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Combating Identity Theft

Ways to prevent a costly, widespread nuisance

There was a time when online identity theft was largely the domain of hackers who…

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