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Identity Theft Protection

Keeping Your Social Security CardSafe and Secure

By Carla Blair You may think if you have your Social Security number locked in your memory bank – and you definitely should if you’re an adult – that you’re all set and your information is secure, and that you don’t need your Social Security card on hand. But you’re ignoring the fact that if you don’t know where it is, someone else might, and this can be dangerous for …Read More

Identity Theft Help

By Ashley Hagelin Nearly every day we hear about another identity theft scam, or get another phishing email trying to get our personal information so some con artist can help themselves to our money or credit. Technology has made our lives so much more convenient. However, as we enjoy the fruits of the information age our personal information is bouncing around everywhere. So how do we make sure that our …Read More

Financial Spring Cleaning:Tips For Tidying Up Your Finances

By Gail Cunningham For many Americans the onset of spring and fresh air outside means spring cleaning inside. It’s time to swap winter clothes for spring/summer ones, and to get rid of the dust and clutter that’s built up over the cold months. Spring also is a great time to put your finances in order and save money in the process.The NFCC suggests the following tips for tidying up your finances. …Read More

Simple Steps Lead To Financial Protection

By Gail Cunningham Personal finances have become increasingly complex, yet hardly a day goes by that doesn’t involve a financial transaction. Realizing that there are those eager to separate consumers from their money and destroy their financial reputation makes financial protection take on a new level of importance.    In recognition of Consumer Protection Week, the NFCC challenges consumers to add a layer of security to their financial future by putting the following …Read More

Don’t Take Advice From a Movie Character When Putting Personal Finances in Order

By Gail Cunningham Millions will watch the upcoming Golden Globe Awards. Some will be envious of the movie stars’ talent and lifestyle.  However, even though the stars’ lives may appear glamorous, it might not be financially smart to think like some of the characters that have been portrayed on the big screen throughout the years. The NFCC reflects on the following famous movie lines and relates them to personal finance:  “Gone with …Read More

Finding Your Lost Money

By Jason Alderman You may not know it, but millions of Americans are owed money from long-forgotten government payments, stock sales, bank accounts, and other lost accounts. When the entities holding these funds can’t find the rightful recipients, they turn over the money to individual states, which hold it in escrow until claimed. According to the nonprofit National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA), state treasuries and other government agencies …Read More

Thousands Receive Identity Theft Protection Education Through National Initiative

By Gail Cunningham, NFCC Vice President of Membership & Public Relations The NFCC’s Protect Your Identity Week reached more than 21,000 consumers with identity theft protection education during the October 16-22 campaign.  This year the NFCC welcomed the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Triads as co-hosts. Highlights of the campaign are as follows: Eighty-seven events  were held across the country; More than 700 tons of personal documents were …Read More

What To Do If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

By Melinda Opperman Sr. VP & Executive Director, Springboard Education Foundation Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management Identity theft has been the top consumer complaint to the Federal Trade commission for the past eleven years in a row.  If you are a victim there are steps you can take to regain control of your personal information.  What To Do If You Are a Victim Start with the FTC. The Federal Trade …Read More

Identity Thieves Find New Ways to Steal Personal Information

Americans go to great lengths to protect against being robbed.  We lock our doors, install alarm systems in our homes and cars, and insure our valuables.  Many, however, do not pay an equal amount of attention to the crime that impacted more than eight million consumers last year, the crime of identity theft. Recognizing that education is the key to prevention, the NFCC, National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), and National Association of …Read More

Identity Theft Thieves Prey On Consumers in Many Ways

By Melinda Opperman Sr. VP & Executive Director, Springboard Education Foundation Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management Reports about identity theft tend to focus on the theft of credit information, but that’s just one form of ID theft. There are other ways identity thieves prey on consumers that everyone should be aware of. Credit card fraud This common type of identity theft can include anything from stealing and using someone else’s …Read More