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Be on the Lookout for Senior Financial Scams

Financial scams are an unfortunate fact of life. While no one is immune from them, seniors can be especially vulnerable. Many scammers target seniors, assuming they are not tech savvy or that they have high balances sitting in checking and savings accounts. In fact, a recent report from AIG Life and Retirement reveals senior citizens in the U.S. lo...


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5 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

Many of us carry around wallets chock-full of credit cards, identification and paperwork, thinking it’s a convenient place to keep important documents organized. Unfortunately, it’s a really bad idea. A wallet overflowing with your personal information is an identity thief’s dream. To reduce the risk of identity theft and credit card fraud it...


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New Twists on Old Financial Scams

While it’s true financial scams and fraud  happen throughout the year, scammers are especially active during the holiday season because they know people are busy and feeling stressed, which leaves them vulnerable to being caught off guard. Fortunately, it’s easy to spot a scam if you stay on guard and know what to look for. Here are some of...


Protecting Seniors from Identity Theft

Identify theft is an unfortunate reality of our times, and seniors can be especially vulnerable to this life-altering crime. If you’re a senior yourself or are helping care for an elderly friend or family member, there are a number of things you can do to protect personal information from falling into the hands of the wrong people.  Minimize M...


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How to Handle the Home Depot Data Breach

If news of the Home Depot data breach has you worried about the security of your personal and banking information, you're not alone. The nation's largest home improvement retailer estimates the account information of more than 56-million customers may have been compromised. If you shopped at a Home Depot store between April and September of this y...


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Learn How to Haggle and Save Big

Whether referred to as haggling, bargaining or negotiating, there was a time when a buyer and a seller working out what both agreed was a fair price was commonplace in American commerce. But over time, the process died out and was replaced by a fixed-price model where consumers pay the listed price for just about everything. Buying a vehicle or a h...


Identity Theft Prevention Checklist

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. Identity thieves use consumers' information to commit fraud, theft or other crimes. It can destroy a person’s credit and ruin their good name. It can also cost a lot of time and money to fix. Skilled identity thieves may us...