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  • Your Guide to Medical Breaches: Anthem, Premera, and CareFirst

      

    Medical records have become the hot new target of crooks looking to steal your identity. Some 1 in 4 adult Americans were impacted by the Anthem breach. But that number could be 1 in 3 now with...

  • 4 Ways To Opt Out of Junk Mail

      

    In the aftermath of the Anthem breach, I've recommended people do a credit freeze. Yet there's a question that has popped up again and again about what happens after you freeze your...

  • Get Your Name Off Mailing Lists

      

    Date: ____________   Direct Marketing Association, Inc. 1615 L Street Washington, DC 20036   To whom it may concern: I am writing to register with your Mail Preference...

  • How to answer the credit card income-verify email

      

    Gotten a notice from your credit card issuer asking you to verify income? It's real. But here's how you should to handle it.

  • Print Media Plagued by Subscription Scams

      

    Time Warner is doing some ugly stuff in the magazine business through a secret subsidiary known as Synapse Group that is ripping people off, according to The New York Times. Heed this warning...

  • 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.

  • Cheap overnight delivery service

      

    If you're looking for cheap package delivery, there's a new competitor in the West that could save you big bucks versus FedEx and UPS. OnTrac.com has launched with a ground delivery model that...

  • Florida county has way to deal with illegal roadside signs

      

    A Florida county has turned to a form of rough justice to deal with illegal road signs clogging its intersections. The Miami Herald reports Miami-Dade county has decided to robocall those numbers...

  • USPS plans to stop most Saturday delivery

      

    I have long broached the topic of reducing mail delivery from six days a week to five days. My discussion has historically brought up a lot of emotions in listeners.As it stands now, the USPS...

  • USPS trying to increase junk mail to shore up its budget

      

    They don't call it junk mail for nothing. The amount of bulk mail you see in your mailbox will climb by a great deal if the United States Postal Service (USPS) has its way. Facing a massive debt,...

  • Presidential campaigns use data mining to influence your vote

      

    You watched the debate on Tuesday, right? New information has emerged about how campaigns are using data mining to get you to the polls on Nov. 6. We all know that data mining is becoming more...

  • Rebates are sometimes more hassle than they're worth

      

    My rule for rebates is that I'll buy something with a pain-in-the-rear-end rebate only if it's a decent deal before the rebate and the rebate is just like icing on the cake. But if it's only a...

  • New FCC rules will limit "robocalls"

      

    If you're sick and tired of getting "robocalls" at home, there's some hope in sight for you thanks to a new federal regulation. Under new FCC rules, marketers will have to get your explicit...

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  • What should be done with the United States Postal Service?

      

    The Postal Service may close 3,700 stores as it struggles with a huge deficit. But is that a big story when the USPS is facing a gap of $20 billion? Any other business would have long ago stopped...