Phishing, smishing, vishing

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These are all types of scams where criminals try to steal your personal data.  If someone tells you that you won a lottery in another country, or that you are entitled to receive an inheritance, don’t respond.

Read the detailed article here:

https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/october2020.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery


More People Getting Bank Accounts

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A record 95 percent of US households had bank or credit union accounts in 2019, according to the FDIC.  Mobile banking has more than doubled since 2017.

 

https://www.fdic.gov/analysis/household-survey/


Canceling a credit card

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You have paid off a credit card.  Should you cancel the card now?  If you cancel the card, this will cause a dip in your credit score.  A better choice would be to put the card away and use it later if needed.


Teaching Children to Manage Money

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Teach children how to work with budgets early on.  Also help them to see the relationship between going to work and having money.  Here is a good resource on teaching kids about money.

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https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/september2020.html?source=govdelivery&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

 


Car Loan Debt

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If you get a car loan, make sure you can afford the monthly payments.  Otherwise, your car can get repossessed and you can get taken to court for what you still owe on the loan.  A car loan can, however, be a good method to build your credit score.  Make sure your payments are on time, and make sure to pay for several months.


Payment History

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Your payment history is a big part of your credit score.  It counts for more than a third of your credit score.  If you are late on payments for credit cards, department store credit cards, car loans and mortgages, this will bring down your credit score.


Student Loans

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Whenever possible, try to get federal student loans rather than private student loans.  The federal student loans give you more protection.  They also have more clear cut rules and applications about repayment and deferment.


Car Loans

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A car loan can help you build up your credit score.  If you make regular payments, it will build your credit over time.  Be careful to not buy more car than you can afford.


Online Shopping Scams

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When shopping online, beware of fake websites and apps.  Don’t click on links in e-mails you do not recognize.   Before paying for something online, make sure the website has “https” at the beginning of its URL with a lock symbol, like this:

lock with url http://


Debt Collection Scams

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When someone calls you to collect on a bill, here are signs that they may be a scammer:

  • They want you to pay by money transfer or prepaid card
  • They threaten you with jail time or they say they are from the government
  • They ask you for confidential information, like your social security number or bank information

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