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When Telemarketer Calls Don’t Ring True

There are federal rules that prohibit a variety of unfair or deceptive advertising practices, and enable consumers to stop most telemarketer calls by placing their personal phone and cell numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry (www.donotcall.gov).  The Federal Trade Commission … Continue reading

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Taking Your Money on a Trip: Safe Travels Financially

Your suitcase is packed, you’ve got your travel itinerary, and you’re prepared for the sun and warm weather. But are you all set financially? Unless you have taken the time to consider your money needs, including safety precautions, that pleasure … Continue reading

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Guard Your Identity, Resources in 2015

Midwesterners, Wisconsinites in particular, are often friendly, trusting, and willing to help a stranger. But sometimes such laudable traits can backfire. Before you respond to a promotion or a plea for help, ask about documentation and security safeguards. A few … Continue reading

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What’s This Computer Chip Doing in My Credit Card?

You may have recently received a new credit or debit card from your financial institution and noticed that it contains a computer chip. If you don’t have a chip card yet, though, you can expect to receive one by late … Continue reading

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When People Face Tough Times, Crooks Try to Profit

Facing a personal hardship can be tough enough. But often making matters worse are con artists who try to take advantage of these situations to steal money or valuable information. “We’ve seen everything from criminals pretending to be from disaster-relief … Continue reading

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Protecting Yourself From Data Breaches

“While there isn’t really anything consumers can do to prevent a breach, you can be on the lookout for signs that something like this has occurred,” said Jeff Kopchik, a Senior Policy Analyst with the FDIC. “And, if you receive … Continue reading

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Ten Ways to Protect Your Personal Information & Money

The news often includes reports about thieves gaining access to sensitive personal information that can be used to commit fraud or steal money, sometimes involving major security breaches at large companies such as retailers. “These reports may cause some consumers … Continue reading

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Protecting Your Plastic from High-Tech Criminals

  How to help keep your credit and debit cards safe While many consumers still like to use paper money and coins, more and more people are pulling out credit or debit cards to make purchases. And, as the popularity … Continue reading

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Fraud Altert: Text Messages, Pop-Ups & Downloads to Avoid

 Reprinted from FDIC Consumer News http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnwin1011/texts.html FDIC Consumer News has reported how criminals masquerading as legitimate businesses or government agencies have tricked consumers into divulging valuable personal information over the computer, phone or fax in order to drain bank accounts. Here … Continue reading

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