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Do you know what a credit freeze is?

Emily Crone

Identity theft is incredibly prevalent — the FTC recently estimated that there are 8.3 million identity theft victims in America each year — but even with all the press it gets, a new survey reveals that consumers aren’t doing everything they can to fight it.
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Beware of tax rebate scams

Emily Crone

Tax season is the jackpot for identity thieves. Millions of documents containing personal and financial information linger in mailboxes and float about the Internet. The FTC has just released a warning to consumers about two tax-time schemes to be aware of.
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Brookstone accepts Sharper Image gift cards

Jeremy Simon

The Sharper Image says that with its declaration of bankruptcy, shoppers will no longer be able to redeem the company’s gift cards. That doesn’t mean Sharper Image gift cards no longer have value. They do — just not at the Sharper Image: Across-the-mall competitor Brookstone says it will accept Sharper Image gift cards for a 25 percent discount off any purchase in its own stores.
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Fraud at the Magic Kingdom

Emily Crone

Most people who visit Disney resorts come away with pleasant memories and fulfilled dreams. Sadly, some recent visitors experienced something less magical: financial losses to the tune of $11,000.
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Burn your credit cards?

Connie Prater

Wacky Jim Cramer, the TV stock analyst/madman, has incendiary advice for consumers that involves matches and their credit cards.
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