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The Great Pyramid of Scams
By: Mary Beth

The Great Pyramid of Scams

By: Alanna

501(c)…huh? Part 1 of 4

One of the reasons people give donations to charitable organizations (besides the warm fuzzy feeling inside) is that a federal income tax deduction may be in order. But when can you deduct these c...

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No Authorization Required (myth #8)
By: Mary Beth

No Authorization Required (myth #8)

No one can take your money directly from your bank accounts without your written authorization. FACT: Merely giving someone your checking account number may re...

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Foreign Travel Safety
By: Mary Beth

Foreign Travel Safety

More and more Americans are traveling abroad. And they are often going to more exotic destinations. One of the questions to be considered in planning a trip to a lesser developed country is how saf...

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Debt Consolidation Considerations
By: Mary Beth

Debt Consolidation Considerations

Tax season is one of the few times a year when people are forced to take a hard look at their financial life. The 1040 pretty much sums up your finances for the last year and you may not have liked...

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Meet Charles Ponzi
By: Mary Beth

Meet Charles Ponzi

By: Alanna

Tragedies breed scams

Why is it that when as soon as tragedy strikes, scammers are there ready to take advantage of the emotions and generosity of people? Just like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and others, there are already...

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Unclaimed Property
By: Mary Beth

Unclaimed Property

Yes, it's true. Your state may be holding money that rightfully belongs to you. Maybe you've moved and didn't collect a final paycheck. Perhaps you forgot about a savings account you opened in 1977...

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