Podcast – Debit Cards Versus Credit Cards – Layaway – Vacations – Big IRS Refunds

This week Damon Day and I talk about a wide variety of topics. Everything from why big TRS refunds spell trouble to what you really need to know about credit cards and debit cards. The advice is what you would least expect. As usual, the commentary is irreverent at times and we certainly don’t take … Read more

Posting Consumer Complaints About Credit Card Companies Increases Consumer Satisfaction With Bank

An interesting academic paper out which studies Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB) complaint reporting found the reporting assisted both consumers and the credit card companies. The investigation looked at the results of public reporting of complaints and found “Consumers procrastinate in reporting exposed banks while rewarding exposed banks for their improved behavior with new accounts.” Most … Read more

What’s that chip doing on my credit card?

Sep 29 2015 By Will Wade-Gery Did your bank recently send you a new credit or debit card with a shiny, metallic chip on the front? You may have noticed that some cards have this chip in addition to the standard magnetic stripe on the back of the card. Lately, we’ve received questions from people … Read more

The Best Simple Credit Card in America

For credit card customers who are burned out on the complexity of many credit card offers — in particular, costly and complicated fee structures and penalty rates — you might want to consider the simple credit card. Simple credit cards are just what the name implies: straightforward card deals with good interest rates and as … Read more

Elaborate Scheme Leaves 180 With Over $1 Million In Fraudulent Purchases

Charges were announced last Thursday against seven members of an identity theft ring that allegedly used stolen identities of more than 180 people at major New York City retail stores including Home Depot, Sears, Kmart and Kohl’s, among others. The ring of fraudsters resold merchandise and gift cards for a profit after purchasing them under … Read more

Be Smart and Find the Best Credit Card That’s Right for You

For anyone who has spent more than a few minutes on the GetOutOfDebt.org site you easily come to the conclusion that it is primarily about getting rid of debt but getting out of debt is more than just about eliminating your bills. Getting out of debt is also about not getting into overwhelming debt. One … Read more

University of Georgia Ph.D. Student Sentenced For Fraud And Identity Theft

In early December, Carlton Lewis, a former Ph.D. student was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy. Throughout the conspiracy, Lewis, who was enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, provided credit and debit card skimming devices to waitresses working in … Read more

East Coast Credit Card Fraud Ringleader Gets 12 Years In Prison

An identity thief was sentenced earlier this month to 12 years in prison for managing and east coast credit card fraud ring. Jonathan Oliveras, used counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information up and down the East Coast of the United States and has been sentenced for this crime. In addition to his 12 … Read more