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Tag Archives: Fraud Protection

New Law Allows You to Freeze Your Credit for Free

In response to the massive data breech last year at Equifax, a new federal law will allow you to place a freeze on your credit file at no cost. Currently, you must pay a fee to do so. The law takes effect September 21, 2018. Equifax, Experian and Transunion are the three major credit reporting […]

What to Know About Your New Medicare Card

If there is a way to scam you out of money, thieves will be all over it. Unfortunately this is happening with the rollout of the new Medicare cards. Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. By April 2019, all Medicare participants will receive a replacement insurance card with a new, unique number. […]

How to Protect Yourself Following the Equifax Data Breach

It is estimated about 143 million Americans had their personal information stolen during a data breech at Equifax earlier this year. This is just about half of the population of the United States. Essentially, any individual with a credit report is potentially impacted. Equifax is one of the three major credit reporting agencies.  These agencies […]

10 Ways to Protect Yourself When Banking Online

These days we can conduct most of our financial business online and on our phones. Doing so, however, means we need to protect ourselves from potential fraud. Whether you are reviewing transactions, paying bills, sending money to a friend, or giving travel dates to your credit card company, here are 10 things you can do […]

The Medicare Card Conundrum Solved

Two government issued cards display Social Security numbers: Social Security, and Medicare insurance. To help prevent identity theft, the Social Security Administration recommends you take your Social Security card out of your wallet; keep it at home in a safe place. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the organization that administers Medicare, prints […]

A New Tool to Protect Mom from Telemarketers

Last August I wrote about managing your loved one’s financial affairs from a distance (When you can’t Be There: Managing Money from Afar). Since then, I have learned of a new tool that can help adult children and their parents manage spending money. The True Link pre-paid VISA debit card is designed specifically for seniors […]