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Category Archives: Protecting yourself

I’m not a deadbeat, but I play one on my cell phone

Daniel Ray

How I became a deadbeat (once removed), and my experience with getting on debt collectors’ lists (never removed, no matter how hard you try).
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FTC confirms nothing comes for free

Emily Crone

Everyone has seen those annoying ads and emails that say, “Click here to receive a free Xbox 360!” or “Congratulations, you’ve been chosen to win a Dell laptop! Click here to claim your prize.” Most of us are wise enough to realize there’s a catch, but many naive Internet users click on them. The company putting out those ads has just made a settlement on charges from the Federal Trade Commission, because as we probably all could have guessed, those freebies aren’t free.
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Buying from infomercials not a wise choice

Emily Crone

Buying gadgets and gizmos from infomercials may seem like a good idea at the time, but not all those companies are legitimate. You could find yourself stuck with bogus credit card charges and an inactive customer service telephone number.
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Prepaid debit card marketer owes FTC more than $2.2M

Jeremy Simon

An operation marketing prepaid debit cards to consumers with poor credit has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it “made unauthorized debits from consumers’ bank accounts and engaged in deceptive marketing practices,” according to an FTC press release.
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Suze Orman and TrustedID launch ID theft kit

Emily Crone

Suze Orman and TrustedID have teamed up to create a kit to stop identity theft before it happens.
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