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3 Ways to Keep Your Debit Card Safe at the ATM

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When consumers use an ATM, the most they may worry about is forgetting to grab their debit card or the money out of the machine. However, with the increasing risk of fraud, you have more to fear as you may not notice ATM skimmers secretly working in the background. ATM skimmers, or devices that read and record credit and debit card ... Read More »

    Here’s Zayn Malik’s Net Worth as He Leaves One Direction

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    Zayn Malik is leaving boy band One Direction, news that came less than a week after he announced he would be stepping away from the band’s current “On the Road Again” tour due to stress. “I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” ... Read More »

      What To Do If You Can’t Pay Your Taxes

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      While many commercials are running about getting a big tax refund, not everyone is happy about filing. Depending on your situation, you might be stressing out because you didn’t pay enough taxes last year and now owe Uncle Sam. If you need help paying your taxes because you don’t have the money now to pay the total due, there are several options available, including ... Read More »

        10 States Where Foreclosure Is a Huge Problem

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        Foreclosure activity in the U.S. declined 9.39% from February 2014 to February 2015, with one in every 1,295 housing units in some stage of foreclosure last month. That’s the lowest the national foreclosure rate has been since July 2006, according to RealtyTrac’s monthly report on the foreclosure market. The analysis looks at how many homes have a foreclosure filing — ... Read More »

          FTC, Multiple Law Enforcement Partners Announce Crackdown on Deception, Fraud in Auto Sales, Financing and Leasing

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          Commission Announces Six New Auto Cases in Operation Ruse Control The Federal Trade Commission and 32 law enforcement partners today announced the results of Operation Ruse Control, a nationwide and cross-border crackdown to protect consumers when purchasing or leasing a car, encompassing 252 enforcement actions. The six new FTC cases include more than $ 2.6 million in monetary judgments. There ... Read More »

            The Real Reason Student Loans Should Be Dischargeable in Bankruptcy

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            President Obama got people thinking when he raised the possibility of discharging certain education loans in bankruptcy within the context of the executive action he signed last week — the one that’s intended to ensure unfettered access to government-sponsored relief programs and a means for registering complaints about unfair treatment. Not to be outdone, 13 U.S. Senators introduced the Fairness ... Read More »

              20 Life-Changing Money Lessons You Learn in Your 30s

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              By the time you reach your thirties, you will have wised up to many of the foolish money habits of your twenties. It might be just as tempting to give in to careless spending, impulsive buying and paycheck-to-paycheck living, but at least you know better now. After all, you are about halfway to retirement, and these 20 lessons will help you ... Read More »

                6 Money Myths for Millennials to Stop Believing

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                Chances are you’ve fallen for at least one of them. We’re talking about money myths — those erroneous financial proclamations that get passed down from generation to generation as fact. You know, things like “buying in bulk is always better” and “buy low and sell high” when investing. But there’s a set of money misconceptions that seem to be plaguing ... Read More »

                  The New Proposal That Could Get Your Employer to Pay Your Student Loans

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                  A Colorado state representative proposed legislation that would give some employers tax credits for making student loan payments on behalf of some of their employees. The bill introduced by Rep. KC Becker (D-Boulder) could give qualified workers each up to $ 10,000 a year in student loan payments from their employers. The employer gets a tax credit equal to 50% ... Read More »

                    Kovels’ Top 10 Flea Market Tips

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                    Springtime means flea markets, and the Kovels have shopped flea markets for years. April and May are good months for flea markets and shows. Vintage merchandise found over the winter is finally for sale, and dealers who saw slow sales in this winter of bad weather need cash to buy more. Here are Kovels’ Top 10 tips to help excited ... Read More »

                      Home Relief Foundation Defendants Barred from Selling Debt Relief Services

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                      FTC Case Was Brought as Part of Multi-Agency Crackdown on Mortgage Relief Scams Austin, Texas-based Home Relief Foundation, Inc. and its two owners have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they illegally charged up-front fees for services they falsely promised would reduce consumers’ mortgage interest rates or monthly payments. The settlement order prohibits the defendants from selling debt relief products ... Read More »

                        FTC Rules Jerk, LLC and John Fanning Deceived Consumers, Violated FTC Act

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                        Order Requires Deletion of All Consumer Data, Prohibits Further Deception The Federal Trade Commission has granted summary decision against the operators of Jerk.com, a website that billed itself as “the anti-social network,” for deceiving users about the source of content on the website. The Commission found that the operators – Jerk, LLC (“Jerk”) and John Fanning – misled consumers by ... Read More »

                          Yikes! Woman Gets $153,000 Bill From Debt Collector

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                          A Texas woman says she has been dealing with a debt collection fiasco for months, all because of a clerical error. The woman, identified in the local news report by only her first name, Yolanda, said she received a debt collection bill for $153,000 in September and has been struggling ever since to figure out why she’s being hounded for such ... Read More »

                            National Debt Relief Shares Tips In Dealing With A Big Debt Amount

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                            Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 19, 2015 National Debt Relief recently shared in an article published March 7, 2015 how consumers can effectively deal and manage a big debt amount. The article, titled “Best Strategies When Dealing With A Big Debt Amount,” discuss some valuable tips to help people get over their financial burden of dealing with debt. The article starts ... Read More »

                              Renters Need Insurance Too

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                              Owning your own home used to be the American dream. But today, the aftermath of the mortgage crisis, the burden of student loans, and a mobile workforce have combined to encourage more Gen-Yers and Millennials to rent instead of buy. No matter what the reason you’re renting, it’s important to understand why you need renter’s insurance and what it does ... Read More »

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