Remar's Report

When You Give—Stay Alert for Crowdsourcing Scams

October 2015

In recent years, crowdfunding (also sometimes referred to as crowdsourcing) has become a popular way to raise money for a variety of creative projects, new business ventures, and charitable causes. In crowdfunding, individuals or businesses typically use an online platform to seek small sums of money from a large number of people. Larger crowdfunding platforms include Kickstarter, GoFundMe, Indiegogo, and RocketHub. However, there are hundreds of platforms online, many of which are very small.

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Secure Your Financial and Personal Information - Online and Off

September 2015

Data breaches. Phishing scams. Identity theft. Malicious software. Lost or stolen wallets and credit cards. These are just a few of the ways through which our personal and financial information is being attacked – online and offline. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your information is secure.

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Don’t Fall for Home Repair Scams—At Any Time of Year

August 2015

Are you alert for home repair scams at all times? Like many homeowners, you may associate home repair scams with the warmer months of summer and early fall. Although such scams peak at these times of year, “contractor” con artists are active year round. In fact, home improvement or home repair scams are among the top consumer complaints in most states every year. As a smart homeowner, be alert for some of the most popular scams profiled in this report. Tips from consumer and building industry experts can also help you select one of the many reputable home repair services and contractors. They’ll also help you avoid scammers who do shoddy work, steal money advanced for repairs, and otherwise damage your wallet and your home.

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Looking for Free or Cheap Family Summer Fun? Try These Tips

July 2015

Hot summer weather signals time for family fun—at home, out of the house, or on vacation. Your budget will enjoy these activities that are free or cost only a few dollars. You may have to spend a little time planning, but involve the whole family to get input and help ensure success.

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Checked Your Credit Report Recently? Four Reasons to Do It Now

June 2015

The information in your credit report affects many aspects of your financial well-being. It informs your credit score, which affects your ability to borrow money and the interest rates you will pay on every loan from credit cards and auto loans to home mortgages. It can also affect the insurance rates you’ll pay or your ability to land a new job or rent a new apartment.

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Have Student Loan Debt? Six Tips to Pay It Off Faster

May 2015

Debt from student loans for higher education is now the largest category of debt in the U.S. As of December 2014, over 43 million borrowers owed a cumulative total debt of over 1.2 trillion dollars in federal and private student loans, according to a recent study by the Federal Reserve Board of New York. The average individual debt is $26,700.

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