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How To Prepare for a Weather Emergency While Avoiding Scams

Scammers follow weather reports just like everyone else — and when disaster strikes, they’ll strike, too. If you know what scams look like after a weather emergency, it’ll be easier to make plans to avoid them. Here are ways those scams play out, and how you can be prepared.
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Invention Marketing Scams

Dishonest invention marketers lie about the profit potential of your invention to get you to pay for expensive, but often useless, services. Here’s what you need to know to avoid an invention marketing scam.
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Investment Scams

Spot and avoid real estate investment seminar scams, investment coaching scams, and precious metals and coins investment scams.
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What To Know Before You Wire Money

Scammers pressure you to wire money to them because it’s easy to take your money and disappear. Wiring money with services like MoneyGram, Ria, and Western Union is like sending cash — once you send it, you usually can’t get it back. Never wire money to anyone you haven’t met in person — no matter the reason they give.
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Refund and Recovery Scams

If you’ve been scammed, someone might promise to help you get your money back –– if you pay in advance. That’s another scam.
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High School Diploma Scams

Thinking about getting your high school diploma? Here’s how to tell the difference between legit programs and diploma scams.
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What To Do if a Debt Collector Sues You

If a debt collector files a lawsuit against you to collect a debt, it’s important to respond — either yourself or through an attorney. And remember, you have rights when it comes to dealing with debt collectors. Here are answers to some common questions you might have about the process.
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How To Organize Your Important Papers Before a Disaster Strikes

When it comes to preparing for weather emergencies or other disasters, financial readiness is as important as a flashlight with fully charged batteries. Leaving your home can be stressful, but knowing that your personal and financial documents are up to date, in one place, and easy to find can make a big difference. Here’s how to organize important papers before a disaster strikes.
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Stalkerware: What To Know

Do you think an abusive partner or ex is monitoring you through your phone? They might be using stalkerware to secretly track your device activity. Learn more about stalkerware, how to tell if it’s on your device, and what to do if it is.
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Fixing Your Credit FAQs

Here’s what to know about how to dispute errors on your credit report and avoid credit repair scams.