What is Your FICO Credit Score and Why is it Important?

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Identity theft is downright scary. Imagine that someone illegally obtains your personal data—which may include your social security number, driver’s license, bank routing number, and/or credit card numbers—and unbeknownst to you, begins defrauding you, stealing from your accounts, and obtaining credit in your name.   According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 16.6 million… Read more »

How Not to Get Hooked by a ‘Phishing’ Scam

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Internet scammers casting about for people’s financial information have a new way to lure unsuspecting victims: They go “phishing”. Phishing is a high-tech scam that uses spam or pop-up messages to deceive you into disclosing your credit card numbers, bank account information, Social Security number, passwords, or other sensitive information. According to the Federal Trade… Read more »