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Beware Stimulus and Tax Scams

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It’s stimulus season and tax season at the same time, and scammers couldn’t be happier. The IRS is warning of a surge in scams as the tax agency continues processing tax returns and distributing stimulus payments to eligible adults. Here’s all you need to know about the latest round of scams.

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What Will Happen to My Loved One’s Finances After they Die?

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My close relative is getting on in years, so I’m wondering: What happens to their accounts and debts after they pass away?

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Auto Warranty Scams

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Another phone call, another scam. It’s not just you, those robocalls just won’t stop! More than just an annoyance, scam calls cost 56 million Americans a financial loss in 2020. One of the most common scams over the phone is the auto warranty scam. Here’s all you need to know about it.

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Preparing Financially for a New Baby

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Congratulations! You’ve just gotten the positive pregnancy test results and you’re breathless with excitement — and nerves. Regardless, a baby means big changes, and some of those changes bring many new expenses. How will you pay for it all?

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Save Money When Shopping Online

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It’s time to replace that rush you get from filling your virtual cart with the high that comes from saving a ton of money. Get ready to transform the way you shop online.

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5 Reasons We Overspend

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What makes us overspend? Let’s take a look at five common reasons and how we can overcome them.

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Don’t Get Caught in a Weight-Loss Scam

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This year in particular, many Americans are struggling to shed the “quarantine 15." Unfortunately, scammers know this and they are out in full force, trying to scam consumers. Gyms aren’t far behind, with many of them offering misleading contracts that are impossible to get out of once they’re signed.

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Don’t Fall Prey to a Holiday Toy Scam

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Scammers famously exploit high-stress times, and the pre-holidays shopping frenzy is no exception. That’s why the BBB is warning of an uptick in holiday toy scams which can be difficult to spot.

Here’s what you need to know about these scams.

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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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