Category Archives: Protecting yourself

How a misspelled email address helped me spot card fraud

Rebecca Lake

It’s hard not to worry about the security of our financial information these days. It seems like there’s a new data breach making headlines at least once a week. When it came to protecting my bank and credit card accounts,…
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Fine against Well Fargo: Is Mulvaney’s CFPB changing course?

Fred Williams

The federal government’s consumer financial watchdog broke a four-month enforcement lull on Friday, but one rain shower does not necessarily end a drought. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought its first enforcement action against a company since Trump appointee…
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When did P2P payments become so ubiquitous?

Mike Cetera

You know something has crossed into the mainstream when it becomes common among middle-aged folks living in suburbia. One day I paid for things exclusively with debit or credit cards (or on exceptionally rare occasions, cash) and seemingly the next…
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Hey, Mark Zuckerberg and Congress: Are you serious about protecting our credit card data?

John Egan
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the members of Congress who quizzed him during two Capitol Hill hearings should be ashamed. Zuckerberg’s bulleted talking points for the hearings – notes that a photojournalist was able to capture – included a reference…
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Card issuer’s clarity on fees is a little scary, too

John Egan

You certainly can learn a lot about your credit cards when you read the documents that card issuers send in the mail – documents that we often discard as junk mail. Case in point: The “Clarity Commitment” I recently received…
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