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Apr 17 2015

Verizon FiOS to Offer Slim Package of TV Channels

In a bit of a move closer to a la carte pricing for only the TV channels you want, Verizon FiOS announced a new slim plan with basic TV channels and the ability to choose subject-specific packages of additional ones, like sports or lifestyle. Here’s the story.

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Apr 17 2015

NYC Moves to Stop Credit Checks of Prospective Employees

The New York City city council just passed a bill that makes it illegal to request or use a job applicant’s credit history in making a hiring decision. There are some exceptions, however. Here’s the story.

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Apr 17 2015

How to Get a Lower Mortgage Rate…

…without a huge downpayment. A great credit score helps, as does marketing friends with a mortgage banker who can watch rate changes for you. Here’s more.

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Apr 17 2015

7 Tips for Buying a Boat Without Sinking Your Finances

Do you find yourself itching to get out on the water? There are things you need to know before joining the rising tide of boat owners. Here’s the story.

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Apr 16 2015

Ransomware a Growing Threat

The latest malware takes over your computer and encrypts all the files. If you want your files back, the scamsters hold your computer hostage for a ransom. Here’s the story.

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Apr 16 2015

Couldn’t Our Taxes be Calculated Automatically?

Some people contend that the IRS could do many Americans’ taxes for them since they receive data from employers and other payers indicating the amount of income that has been earned. But, there are attempts by powerful interests, including Intuit (the maker of TurboTax) to convince lawmakers to keep taxes complicated. Here’s the story.

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Apr 14 2015

“Subscription Boxes” Deliver a Monthly Surprise

From Jim Donovan, KYW-TV:

More and more consumers are signing up for “subscription boxes.” They are a surprise box full of everything from fashion items to pet products. Is this the answer for lazy shoppers?

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Apr 13 2015

The mystery of the missing gift card money

There are rules and regulations about gift card expiration dates and what happens to the money if you don’t use the card. Find out where one woman’s gift card money went, and why she can’t yet get it back.

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Apr 10 2015

Some Students Loans Can be Forgiven

Some student loans can be forgiven, in whole or in part, depending on what profession the student enters after school. Here is the story.

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Apr 9 2015

A close-up look at the “Grandma Scam”

The caller says he’s your grandson, and he’s in trouble. He needs money, and fast. See how one woman fell for the “Grandma Scam,” a fraud that  targets senior citizens.

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Apr 9 2015

Sources of Free Credit Scores

Here are four sources where you can get an updated credit score monthly. But, are they the same as a FICO score?

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Apr 8 2015

The IRS is Calling! Here’s What to Do

People across the country are getting calls from the IRS. Here’s what to do if you are on the receiving end of this increasingly common scam.

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Apr 8 2015

Hang Up on Tech Support Scammers

Microsoft is NOT calling you to tell you that your computer is having problems that they can fix. It’s a scam to take control of your computer, so just hang up. Here are the details.

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Apr 7 2015

New Survey on Financial Literacy Reveals…

…that Americans talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. Herb Weisbaum of NBCNews.com reports.

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Apr 7 2015

Groups Say YouTube Kids App is Deceptive

A coalition of consumer and children’s advocacy groups is calling on the FTC to investigate a new YouTube app for kids that they say unfairly mix excessive commercials with content in an indistinguishable way. Here’s the story.

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