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PET INSURANCE: HOW TO GET THE BEST PRICE AND COVERAGE
More people are buying pet insurance. Be advised: Policies and premium vary greatly from company to company. Checkbook.org analyzed the the offerings from 9 major insurance companies and found two that were the picks of the litter. (Picture is my dog, Sam)
 
SCAMMERS USE FAKE CHECKS TO STEAL TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS EACH YEAR
Check fraud is a huge problem: As many as 500,000 Americans were burned by fake check scams last year, with the average victim losing about $1,200, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau. Here's how they do it and how to protect yourself.
 
THE HIGH COST OF MISSING YOUR CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
Some people don’t have the money to pay their credit cards bills on time, but more than a third simply forget to pay, according to a new survey. Besides getting hit with a sizable late payment fee and interest, your credit score could take a big hit.
 
MISPLACE YOUR CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD? SOME BANKS LET YOU TURN IT OFF FOR A WHILE
A growing number of financial institutions are empowering their customers to fight fraud by giving them an on/off switch for their debit and credit cards. By using an app or going online, customers can temporarily turn off their cards, so they can't be used for new purchases.
 
COMPLAINTS ABOUT FRAUDULENT SECURITY ALARM SALE ARE ON THE RISE
Fear sells, so scammers and unscrupulous alarm companies often use alarming (and sometimes false) crime statistics and other scare tactics in their high-pressure sales pitch. Sign the contract and you could be out thousands of dollars.
 
ARE PEER-TO-PEER (P2P) MOBILE PAYMENT SERVICES SAFE TO USE?
About 90 million Americans use mobile pay apps. Consumer Reports just tested the major P2P services and the top three (whether iOS or Android versions) only received “fair” scores for data privacy.
 
MILLENNIALS RAID RETIREMENT ACCOUNTS TO BUY A HOUSE - THERE ARE BETTER WAYS
Millennials are so eager to become homeowners, some may be inadvertently cutting off their nose to spite their face. If you need to borrow money from your retirement accounts to buy a house, you may not be ready yet, experts say.
 
SATISFACTION WITH SOCIAL MEDIA DROPS
Intrusive ads and privacy concerns are driving down satisfaction with social media. Facebook slips, Instagram drops and Twitter tumbles in a recent nationwide customer satisfaction survey. Pinterest bucked the downward trend.
 
INTEREST RATES ARE GOING UP - IS IT TIME FOR MORE CASH INVESTMENTS?
Maybe you've noticed: Interest rates at some banks and credit unions are going up. The last time we saw some of these rates on CD and Savings accounts was back in 2009. So should you put a little more of your money into cash investments?
 
THE TOTAL COST OF A DATA BREACH, INCLUDING LOST BUSINESS - KEEPS GROWING
The financial damage caused by a data breach has spiked by more than 6 percent since last year and now costs a company an average of $3.86 million, according to a new study. The cost of a mega breach was estimated to be $350 million.
 
 


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