Tag: credit

Has your Social Security Number (SSN) gone to work without you? If someone has used your SSN to get a job, that’s identity theft.

You may be able to discover the identity theft before the IRS sends you a tax bill for income that never...

When teachers from across the country meet to improve their ability to teach personal finance, we’re ready to help. The seventh annual Jump$tart National Educator Conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at...

When you apply for things like cable or satellite TV, mobile phone service, or internet service, the company might review your credit report. They can use the information in your credit report to give you less favorable terms, meaning they can...

You found the perfect set of bed linens and matching curtains online. You place your order and charge it to your credit card. The site says your order should arrive in two weeks. Two weeks go by, then three and four, and still no bedding or...

When it comes to preparing for a weather emergency, a flashlight with fully charged batteries is a must. Know what else can make life after a storm easier? If your financial documents are up-to-date, in one place, and portable. Consider scanning...

Would you know what to do if a debt collector reported a debt to a credit reporting agency and then went out of business, leaving no one to confirm or legally collect the debt?

That’s the problem facing consumers whose debts were owned by...

At the FTC we want to serve every community, and we work to educate and protect consumers everywhere. For that reason, we were delighted to be invited by the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission to talk consumer issues with members of one of our...

After a long, hard winter, aren’t you ready for spring? Baseball, bike rides, barbecuing…but spring also carries with it the risk of severe weather, including dangerous storms, flooding and tornadoes. Here are some tips to help you prepare for a...

If you’re applying for a job — or trying to keep one — a background check may be in your future. So check out the FTC’s newly revised Background Checks brochure for answers to common questions:

Are employers allowed to do background checks...

You’ve tackled the taxes, made your list of spring cleaning projects, and maybe you’ve even started thinking about what you might plant now that the snow is melting. But I have one more spring project for you: checking your credit report. It’s...

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