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Check your statement for fake charges

Have you seen a suspicious charge for $9.84, $10.37, or $12.96 on your credit or debit card recently? If so, you're not alone. In the past, I've told you about a criminal ring based in suburban Los Angeles that went to a bank and bought the credit card numbers of ...

A way to avoid pre-approved credit card fraud

A way to avoid pre-approved credit card fraud

Here's a fast and easy way to opt out of pre-approved credit offers to lessen the chances of a criminal applying for credit in your name.

Reduce data breach repercussions with this tip

Reduce data breach repercussions with this tip

Data breaches are rampant now. Here's one very important thing everyone needs to do right now to safeguard your finances and identity.

Protect your child from identity theft

While the credit bureaus sit on their hands when it comes to child identity theft, several states have legislation that give parents a tool to prevent it from happening to their child. When a child's identity is stolen, criminals can use their identity to buy homes, open new lines of ...

2 steps to protect against data breaches

2 steps to protect against data breaches

Most of us feel paralyzed by all the recent data breaches. Here are 2 easy steps you can take to protect yourself.

Your guide to the Target and Neiman Marcus breach

The numbers are staggering. Some 110 million Target customers were impacted. Neiman Marcus now says 1.1 million of its customer were hit too. (Not to mention the emerging news of a breach at Michaels craft stores.) People who shopped at Target and Neiman Marcus during the 2013 holiday season were ...

Scam alert: Never buy gift cards this way

Scam alert: Never buy gift cards this way

You know Clark thinks gift cards can be a ripoff. Now there's another warning to heed. Never, ever buy one this dangerous way...

Target debit card and credit card breach not really their fault?

Target took a real black eye after the theft of up to 70 million credit card and debit card numbers during the holiday season. But is the criticism unwarranted? The Red Retailer has long had the cachet of offering affordable fashion and being the "non-Walmart." In reality, what happened to ...

5 more places you should never use a debit card

Debit cards are a popular alternative to credit cards because they only allow you to spend what you have in your checking account. But they are rife with other dangers for your wallet. Long called "piece of trash fake Visas and fake MasterCards" by Clark, debit cards are overwhelmingly inferior ...

Avoid gift card ripoffs with this key tip

Avoid gift card ripoffs with this key tip

Not all gift cards are created equal. Some even self-destruct with usage fees. There's an easily recognized mark of shame you'll want to avoid when you're buying a gift card for someone.

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