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7 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 ...

Paying Off Credit Card Debt

There are several steps you should take to get out of credit card debt. Paying off credit card debt that's several thousand dollars or more takes time, so you must discipline yourself. I usually find setting a goal of paying down debt in 60 months or less works best for ...

Head ups: Phony fees on your credit statements

Head ups: Phony fees on your credit statements

You may be a victim of the latest phony charges scam on your credit or debit card statement. But you won't know unless you take this step...

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 ...

3 Banks That Rip You Off With Reorder Fees

Three giant monster mega-banks have been singled out for gaming the system when it comes to NSF fees. Are you banking with any of these bad boys? Pew Charitable Trust has identified Bank of America, Chase, and Wells Fargo as the 3 banks that play dirty pool with your money. ...

Why Credit Protection Insurance Is A Rip-Off

Banks, credit card companies and really any company in the financial services industry are trying to steal your money right now by getting you to sign up for credit protection plans. The basic pitch here is that your lender will take care of your minimum payments in the event you ...

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.

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.

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