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Beware of Debt-Collection Scams

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With the pandemic still wreaking havoc on the economy, many people are struggling to pay their monthly bills and meet their debt payments. Unfortunately, scammers are exploiting the financial downturn by tricking unsuspecting victims into paying for debts that don’t actually exist, or by using abusive tactics to collect legitimate debts.

Don’t be the next victim of a debt-collection scam. Here’s all you need to know about these scams.

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Beware the Pending Package Scam

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Everyone loves a surprise package, and scammers are taking the excitement out of that experience by using bogus packages as a cover for a nefarious scam that tricks victims into sharing their personal information — and their money.

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Political Fundraising Scams

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Election fever is now at an all-time high and so are election scams. From schemes that steal your vote to ones promising dream vacations in exchange for participation in a poll or survey, there’s no shortage of scams centering on elections.

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Beware Jury Duty Scams

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Jury duty is a responsibility that enables courts to serve justice in a fair and efficient way. Unfortunately, it is often used as a cover for scams. Here’s all you need to know about jury duty scams.

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Save Up for Something Spectacular

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Putting aside money each month to use for some vague purpose sometime in the future can be super challenging. Make it easier by creating a spectacular goal for your savings.

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8 Ways to Spot a Counterfeit Bill

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Using cutting-edge technology, scammers create bills that look just like the real thing to the untrained eye. Unfortunately, once counterfeit bills are passed, their new owner can become liable for passing them on to someone else.

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How Can I Protect Myself from Payment App Scams?

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Q: I’ve heard there’s been an increase in scams through mobile payment apps, like Cash App. Can I continue using these apps safely?

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IRS Scams for 2020

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Each year, the IRS publishes the “Dirty Dozen,” a list of tax scams most prevalent during that year’s tax season. This year, with COVID-19 pushing off the federal tax deadline to July 15, the IRS held off publishing the list until early July, and of course it’s loaded with COVID-19-related scams.

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My Savings Has Been Wiped Clean; How Can I Replenish it?

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Q: The last few months have been really tough on my finances, and I’ve been forced to use my savings for getting by. I’d like to start building these up again, but it’s all so overwhelming. Where do I begin?

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Beware Back-to-School Tuition Scams

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Back-to-school season means a flurry of shopping — and scams. As you get ready for school, look out for these scams targeting college students and parents of private school students that tend to peak before the start of the school year.

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