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06Jan2014

Another Data Breach?

For those of us who have been victims of identity theft or fraud, or lived through the hassles of a data breach involving our credit or debit information, this latest data hacking will feel like déjà vu all over again.  A number of people had their credit information stolen by the security breach at TJX
  • 6 Jan, 2014
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  • credit card pitfalls, Data Theft, Identity Fraud, Identity Theft, Internet Shopping, Unauthorized Charges,
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11Dec2013

Child Identity Theft

Little is known about the true scope of child identity theft, because it can go undetected for years, only to be discovered when the victim applies for a student loan or credit card.  The latest numbers make it clear, however, that there’s no easier crime to get away with.  Here is a brief summary of
  • 11 Dec, 2013
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11Dec2013

A New Defense Against Identity Theft

Whoever first said the phrase “the best offense is a good defense” may Protect yourself from identity have been talking about The Bill Coach’s Identity Protection service, the Credit Coach. Here’s how it works. If your personal information is stolen, it will eventually wind up on the Internet. Credit Coach constantly scans over 700 Billion
  • 11 Dec, 2013
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11Dec2013

Smart Phones: The Bomb in Your Pocket

Smartphones may be the wave of the future, but if you have one, remember this: it’s not just a fancy phone in you’re carrying in your purse or pocket. For better or worse, your phone is a powerful computer, and if it falls into the wrong hands, it contains enough information to wreak havoc on
  • 11 Dec, 2013
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23May2013

About “Phishing”

If you’re unfamiliar with computer jargon, you may not have understood the warnings about “phishing”. I agree, some of the computer terms are rather esoteric (cryptic), and you have to look up both esoteric and cryptic to know what the heck they’re talking about.  Computer folk make up these words and, while THEY know the meanings
  • 23 May, 2013
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  • Credit card scams, Credit Scams, Financial education, Identity Theft, Online crime, Phishing, Unauthorized Charges,
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08May2013

About “Defunct” Companies

One of the great things about living in the 21st century is the ease by which we can buy things and pay for them using our credit cards. The not-so-great part is the ease by which hackers and thieves can buy things and pay for them using our credit cards.  In recent years, we’ve seen
  • 8 May, 2013
  • The Bill Coach
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  • Consumer Credit data, credit card pitfalls, Credit Card Safeguards, Credit Theft, Identity Fraud, Identity Theft, Unauthorized Charges,
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07May2013

Lower Interest Scam

Have you recently gotten a phone call or a message on your voicemail from a company claiming they can negotiate “significantly” lower interest rates on your credit cards?  If you are someone who is deep in credit card debt, you may view this as a voice from heaven.  It’s not from heaven.  Voice mail boxes
  • 7 May, 2013
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  • Credit Card Debt, credit card pitfalls, Credit card scams, Credit Scams, Identity Theft, Interest Rate Reduction scams,
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02Aug2012

Avoid Smart Phone fraud

If you’re one of those people who are carrying one of the new phones, like a Smart Phone, or an iPhone or a Droid, you must remember this: it’s not just a phone.  If it WERE just a phone, you wouldn’t have to worry that much about losing it or having it stolen.  If someone’s got your
  • 2 Aug, 2012
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  • Consumer Credit data, Credit Card Safeguards, Phishing, Phone fraud,
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16Feb2012

Scam Alerts!

This article is NOT about credit card debt.  Instead, it’s about scammers attempting to steal people’s hard-earned money.  Who are these people?  Do they really think Americans believe their emails that we’ve won some unknown lottery in some country nobody’s heard of?   Oh please! Did you ever get an email from someone in Africa or Asia
  • 16 Feb, 2012
  • The Bill Coach
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  • Avoiding Scams, Online Theft,
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11Feb2012

Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Have you recently gotten a phone call or a message on your voicemail from a company claiming they can negotiate significantly lower interest rates on your credit cards?  If you are someone who is deep in credit card debt, you may view such a call as a voice from heaven.  It’s not.  Voice mail boxes
  • 11 Feb, 2012
  • The Bill Coach
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  • Credit Card Debt, credit card pitfalls, Credit Scams, Interest Rate Reduction scams, Interest reduction scams,
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