Mobile Payments: Fraud Awareness

Mobile payment apps like CashApp, Venmo, and Zelle are increasingly popular for transferring money to friends and even making payments. They’re a great way to send money quickly (or instantly!) without the need for cash. But are these apps safe to use?

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Get the Most Out of Tax Season

Tax season is beginning. For most of us, that can mean seemingly endless forms, paystubs, and other paperwork to work through as you file. It can also mean that you have a refund check coming your way. Get the most out of tax season with these tips on filing your taxes and investing your refund. 

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Caller ID Spoofing Scams

Scammers will try anything to trick you into thinking they are legitimate callers. One of the latest scam techniques involves “spoofing” a phone number. Spoofing a phone number means that when a scammer calls you, it appears on your caller ID that they are calling from a familiar number. Here are some tips to avoid this scam. 

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Financial Tips for the New Year

The new year is almost here! Have you taken any steps to prepare for the financial realities of the coming year? Here are some tips to get you started.

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Don't Get Scammed at the Gym

As soon as the calendar hits Jan. 2, the gyms are packed with people who are eager to make good on their New Year’s resolutions. If you’re one of the thousands of newbies making your way to fitness centers this month, beware of these five subtle scams that can end up thinning your wallet more than your physique.

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Protect Yourself from Porch Pirates

Holiday shopping season is upon us and you might be expecting a few last-minute packages delivered to your doorstep. Unfortunately, when it comes to unguarded treasures at your door, your neighborhood porch pirates are ready to pilfer your holiday treasures. Here are some ways you can batten down the hatches and stave off the porch pirates. 

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Stay Safe on Cyber Monday with these 14 Tips

Cyber Monday is considered the best shopping day of the year for online shoppers getting ready for the holidays. As the popularity of Cyber Monday has grown, so has the opportunity for scammers and identity thieves to take advantage of shoppers. When you're looking for Cyber Monday deals, follow these tips to protect yourself from scams.

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6 Ways to Keep Your Finances Intact this Holiday Season

There’s no need to rack up a huge credit card bill or go into debt just to cover your holiday expenses. Enjoy a stress-free season by keeping your spending in check with these six tips.

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Your Medicare Plan Needs an Annual Checkup

It’s time for Medicare recipients to give their coverage an annual checkup. The Medicare open enrollment period runs from October 15 – December 7. Open enrollment is the only time you can update your Medicare plan for coverage beginning January 1, 2020. No matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or trying to keep your plan up-to-date, Medicare can be confusing. We’ve provided an overview of Medicare basics with some links to valuable resources.

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The Importance of Checking Your Annual Credit Report

Did you know that you can check your annual credit report for free once each year? You may not think that checking it every year is necessary. After all, you have a general idea of where your credit stands. You’ve been approved for credit cards and auto loans. You make your payments on time and keep an eye on your balances. 

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Weighing Your Options for Trading in a Vehicle

If you’re shopping for a new vehicle, you may consider trading in your current one. It may seem like a “given” that trading in your vehicle is precisely what you’re supposed to do – but you have options! 

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Should My Kids Have an Allowance?

If you have kids, the idea of an allowance has probably been brought up around the dinner table – whether by you or them! Maybe you’ve even started the process of introducing an allowance, but you’re wondering if you’re making the most of this learning experience for your kids. 

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Avoid Fraud While Shopping Online

Each year we see headlines about businesses closing their brick-and-mortar stores as people turn to online retailers for their purchases. If you think about it, you probably have your debit or credit card linked to at least a half dozen websites for easy ordering. With this rise of online shopping comes an increased risk of fraud by sharing your personal financial information. You probably think you know how to spot a scam and protect yourself, but do you really? We have a few essential tips that every online shopper needs to know.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Ride?

If you’ve owned your car for a while, you may have the itch to upgrade. Even if you don’t need to get a new vehicle, you might still want to trade your vehicle in on something new – or at least new to you. According to AutoTrader, the average person keeps a new car for six years, with the average life of a vehicle being 11 years.

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Did You Overspend on Back-to-School Shopping? We Can Help.

If you're like a lot of parents, the back-to-school shopping got away from you, and you overspent. If back-to-school shopping overextended your budget and you swiped your credit card more than you care to admit, there’s a way we can help.

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