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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

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.

Coping with Flooding

After a flood, your home and its contents may look beyond hope, but many of your belongings can be restored. If you do things right, your flooded home can be cleaned up, dried out, rebuilt, and reoccupied.

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Homes & Mortgages

Preparing for Hispanic Heritage Month? Order Our New Bilingual Bookmark!

If you are planning an activity to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) here’s an idea: order the FTC’s new “Visit Us” bookmark and distribute it at your event!
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Facing Debt Collection? Know Your Rights

Dealing with financial trouble is stressful enough. But when a debt collector is hounding you using unscrupulous methods, it can make matters even worse.

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Money & Credit

Coping with a Weather Emergency: Paying Your Mortgage

Even if your home is uninhabitable after an extreme weather event, you still have a mortgage. Contact your lender immediately to discuss your options.

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Homes & Mortgages

Contacting Families, Friends, and Key Businesses After a Weather Emergency

When disaster strikes, thoughts turn to the welfare of family, friends, and colleagues. Here are several sites to help ease the worry.

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Money & Credit

Can the Spam Texts (And Robocalls)

TXT MSG:
U won a FREE gift card!! Go 2 TXMSGSPAM, enter
code $$$ to claim card within 24 hrs.

RU getting the MSG? Recently, the FTC moved to shut down a network of scammers who sent spam texts that promised  “free” gifts, prizes, electronics, or gift cards. The catch? Clicking on the links in the texts sent recipients on a wild goose chase: a confusing and elaborate process that required them to pay for subscription services, apply for credit, or enter sensitive personal information – including their phone numbers. There were no free gifts or gift cards, but there were plenty of follow-up illegal robocalls. 

Prefer Products Born in the USA? Be Sure to Check the Label

As Springsteen’s timeless classic reminds us, patriotism never goes out of style. What’s more, many consumers prefer clothing, cars and other products bearing a label proudly claiming to be “Born in the USA.”

Naturally, we expect “Made in the USA” product claims to be as honest as young George Washington when he copped to chopping down his dad’s cherry tree. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. That’s why the FTC wants you to know there are laws and guidelines to help you understand exactly what you’re buying — particularly if you prefer to “buy American:”

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Money & Credit

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