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Coping After a Weather Emergency: Keep Your Guard Up

Although you may have lost your belongings in a weather emergency, you haven't lost your good judgment. You can protect your personal information and finances by following a few rules.

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Money & Credit

Check Your Phone Bill Day

OK, it’s not really Check Your Phone Bill Day. But how about checking your wireless phone bill anyway? Pull it up online, dig out your paper copy, or if you don’t get a detailed bill from your phone company, go ahead and ask for one (we’ll wait).

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Money & Credit

Setting Out on Your Own: Money Management and Credit 101

Whether you’re heading off to your freshman year of college or getting your first apartment, preparing to be out on your own can be fun and exciting. It also means taking on new financial responsibilities. The decisions you make now about how you manage your money can affect your ability to get credit, insurance, a place to live, and even a job.

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Money & Credit

Preparing for a Weather Emergency

Extreme weather sometimes occurs with little warning. To help lessen fear and anxiety, and to reduce the loss of property, everyone needs to prepare.

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Money & Credit

Keeping ‘em in Check

Write checks at the store? You’ll want to read this.

One of the nation’s largest check authorization services — Certegy Check Services, Inc. — has agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle FTC charges that it violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

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Money & Credit

Don‘t Text Back

You get a text message claiming your email account has been hacked. The message asks you to text back in order to reactivate your account. Has your account really been hacked, or is this a scam?

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Privacy & Identity

Protecting Your Child's Personal Information at School

During the school year, parents are asked to sign many forms. In the wrong hands, the personal information on these forms can be used to commit fraud in your child’s name — to apply for government benefits, open credit card accounts, or apply for a loan.

When children are victims of identity theft, the crime may go undetected for years — or at least until your child is old enough to apply for a job or a loan, or rent an apartment. But there are laws that help safeguard your family’s personal information.

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Privacy & Identity

After a Weather Emergency: Is It Safe to Drink the Water?

After a weather emergency, you may be concerned about the safety of your drinking water. Be wary of someone trying to sell you a water treatment device.

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Health & Fitness

Checking Into Foreign Lotteries and Sweepstakes

Have you received an official-looking letter saying you won a foreign lottery or sweepstakes? Responding to it can be tempting: After all, maybe there’s a possibility that you won some money that could turn your dreams into reality!

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Money & Credit

Phone-y Funds for Furloughed Feds

As a government employee, are you eligible for a free government grant? Sorry, but no, despite the calls you may be getting.

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Jobs & Making Money

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