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Credit card debt relief that wasn’t

Ari Lazarus
Credit card debt can be stressful. Interest rates can be high, and if you miss or can’t make your full payments, that growing balance can be overwhelming. Enter a group of companies that promised to
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Don’t click on that random text. It’s a scam

Gema de las Heras
Sorry to burst your bubble. That unexpected text from the Postal Service (USPS), Costco, or The Home Depot telling you about an unclaimed package or a survey you can complete to claim a freebie is NOT
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Limited waiver for student loan forgiveness ends October 31

Terri Miller
Do you have federal student loans? Have you worked in public service (for a government agency, the military, or a non-profit organization)? If so, find out whether you’re eligible for the Public
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Riding herd on cattle feed scammers

Seena Gressin
Widespread drought, rising prices, and feed shortages in the Great Plains and West have created a fertile field for cattle feed scammers to take advantage of ranchers working to protect their
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Scammers are offering student loan (un)forgiveness

Terri Miller
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced another extension of the student loan payment pause. That news puts student loans back in the headlines, along with discussion of some possible
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FTC says credit repair operation was a scam

Seena Gressin
If your credit isn’t as good as you’d like, a company that promises to boost your credit score by hundreds of points in as little as 45 days might seem like the perfect answer. That’s the result that
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’Tis the season for student loan scam calls

Emily Wu
If you have a federal student loan, you probably already know that the Coronavirus emergency relief program that has paused your payments is ending. Scammers know it, too, and are looking for ways to
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Avoid payment scams while rebuilding your finances

Sana Chriss
Over the past year, the Coronavirus created financial problems for many people. Maybe you’re one of them. As you work to regain your financial footing, scammers will continue to try to steer you off
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The pandemic’s effect on your money

Jim Kreidler
This April is Financial Literacy Month, so this week we’re talking about financial resiliency. The Coronavirus has been devastating for many people’s financial lives. Through no fault of their own
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The training program trap: deceptive financing

Jim Kreidler
Have you ever thought about paying for a training program to learn how to invest in real estate or start an online business? These programs can be pricey — and some make false promises about helping
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Help veterans avoid scams

Andrew Smith
On Veterans Day, we celebrate our veterans — more than 18 million strong. We thank you for your service and sacrifice. It’s also a good time to arm yourself with some tips to avoid fraud. We know that
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Did you get an offer for student loan debt relief?

Traci Armani
Having trouble paying your student loan debt? You might get an offer that says you can reduce your monthly payment, or even reduce your overall debt. The offer might look like it comes from the
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Promises for lower credit card interest rates weren’t true

Amy Hebert
When you’re having trouble paying your credit card bills, getting a lower interest rate to keep your balance in check could be a game changer. Unfortunately, companies that promise to get you those
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Would you rather save $5,000 or lose 5 pounds?

Gretchen Abraham
If you picked the money, you’re not alone. As we start 2020, many of us are making financial resolutions. Of course, saving more or paying down debt sounds great, but getting started can feel
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Millennials and fraud: What’s the story?

Lisa Weintraub Schifferle
Lots of people fall for scams. Is it any different for Millennials? That’s what the FTC explores in its new Data Spotlight, Not what you think: Millennials and fraud. According to the Data Spotlight
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Paying off holiday credit card debt

Alesha Hernandez
You’ve opened all your gifts, and now it’s time to open those post-holiday credit card statements. If you were a little too jolly with your holiday spending, here are some tips to help you pay down
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