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FTC seeks credit freeze feedback

Daniel Ray

The Federal Trade Commission, as part of its effort to fight identity theft, wants feedback on one of the newest ID-theft tools — the credit freeze.
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I hate identity thieves, but love Mari Frank

Emily Crone

All the talk of identity theft in the news recently wasn’t just hype: the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit group, just announced that 2007 was the worst year ever for personal data theft. My good friend was a victim, and I even had a close call. But if you do find yourself in identity theft doodoo, Mari Frank is a good person to know.
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Do warranty cards warrant your response? Not if you don’t want junk mail

Connie Prater

Watch out for warranty cards. They leave you vulnerable to telemarketers.
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Retailers, states compete for gift card funds

Jeremy Simon

In two New England states, there’s a struggle under way over gift card funds. A Dec. 20 warning to consumers from New Hampshire’s Attorney General shined a spotlight on retailers who are trying to bypass the state’s gift card rules. Meanwhile, the neighboring state of Maine is using its unclaimed property law to demand a portion of the funds left on dormant gift cards.
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Have a happy (and less interrupted by telemarketers) New Year

Connie Prater

The New Year brings a new federal regulation that will help prevent more telemarketers from pestering you with offers during the dinner hour at home, spamming your email boxes or clogging your home mailbox with junk mail.
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