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What you need to know about IRS debt collection

The IRS has changed its policy about collecting income tax debt. It will now employ private debt collection firms to collect that debt…and the worry is how many scammers might enter this space and impersonate those collectors. Consumer Action provides helpful information about

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It’s National Consumer Protection Week 2017!

Since it’s National Consumer Protection Week, we’re flashing back to Katie’s post from last year about how to protect yourself from scams. I was walking out of the grocery store the other day, my daughter at my side, and my

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Top Scams to Watch Out For

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Like old stories of the ‘boogieman’, con-artists and scammers are waiting and watching for someone to attack. It may seem like it would be obvious if someone is trying to scam you, but today these scams have become very sophisticated

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Safety and Security Tips for Using Craigslist

In our financial counseling and even previous blog posts we encourage selling items to bring in more cash. Selling that no longer in use treadmill, for example, can be a great way to declutter your home, build up emergency savings,

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What to do if you become a victim of identity theft

Here is information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and AARP on what to do if you become a victim of identity theft and how to protect yourself. Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen. IdentityTheft.gov is a new tool

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