Don't Get Caught by These Phone Scams!

We lead busy lives. In the hustle and bustle of each day, we use our phones to keep in touch with family and friends, make appointments, gather information, and much more. Scammers hope to take advantage of this to steal our money and/or identity. There are many ways scammers use our phones both old and new.

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November's Time to Consider Health Plan Re-Enrollments & Savings for 2016

November 2015

Each year, November marks the midpoint to enroll, re-enroll, or make changes to your health-care plans for the coming year. These plans include health insurance provided by your employer, health insurance you buy individually on the Health Insurance Marketplace (state or national), Medicare, and various tax-advantaged health savings plans. It is importanta to take time now to consider what you and your family need for 2016. By doint this, it can help you get the best coverage and benefits, while saving money where possible.

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Received a Chip Card? Here's What You Should Know

Have you received a new credit or debit card recently? Did you notice a metallic chip on the front? These chip cards are replacing cards with only magnetic strips. These cards will help reduce fraud by generating a unique code needed for approval for each transaction. The code is only good for that transaction. Payment information is encrypted in the chip.

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Choosing a Major? Questions to Consider

Throughout life we face choices. But generally, the stakes are higher for the choices you make during and after college. After choosing what college to attend or planning how you'll pay for it, selecting your college major may be the biggest decision you must make.

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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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What You Need to Know About the VW Clean Air Act Violations

On September 18th, the EPA issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. It alleges and VW has admitted that software installed in certain vehicles circumvents EPA emissions standards for certain air pollutants. Vehicles involved include four-cylinder Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars, model years 2009-2015.

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Do You Know How Your Auto Insurance Rate Is Determined?

Many consumers believe that their driving record is one of the primary factors used to determine the premium for their auto insurance. Unfortunately, that is not true for many people. Consumer Reports conducted a two-year investigation, in which they analyzed more than two-billion car insurance price quotes from more than 700 companies in all general U.S. ZIP codes. They found that auto insurance companies are now using credit scores and other socioeconomic factors more than driving habits to determine premiums.

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Apple Pay/Android Pay (Google Wallet): Mobile Payments on the Rise

First there was Google Wallet. Then came Apple Pay. Now Google is changing its Wallet to become Android Pay.

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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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This Scam Begins With A Silent Phone Call

We've all received phone calls that begin with silence. These autodialed calls can be annoying but did you know that they could lead to fraud or Identity Theft? Autodialed calls are also known as "robocalls." While many robocalls are selling products or services, some are trying to steal your financial information.

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Planning to Upgrade to Windows 10? Don't Be Scammed

Microsoft has released Windows 10, the next version of its operating system. It is available as a free upgrade for desktops, laptops, and tablets running Windows 7 and 8.1.

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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 a Used Car? Beware of Flood Damaged Cars

When you see stories of massive flooding, such as the recent flooding in Texas and Colorado, do you wonder what happens to the vehicles that were damaged?

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Charitable Giving: Why it may be good for you to do (and how to do it safely)

Did you know that helping other people is actually good for you? Charitable people are usually happier than uncharitable people, and that's a scientific fact.*

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