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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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Watch Out for These Scams as the Country Moves Toward Reopening

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As the country moves forward and adapts to the new realities, scammers aren’t far behind. Watch out for these trending scams as the country reopens.

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Debt Paydown: Snowball vs Avalanche Method

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Debt is the ultimate killjoy. It can destroy a budget, make long-term financial planning impossible, and shadow every purchase you make with guilt. No one wants to live with that debt burden. But how do you kiss your debt goodbye?

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Beware Unemployment Scams

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When there’s bad news, the scammers aren’t far behind. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Americans have lost a collective $13.4 million to coronavirus-related fraud since the beginning of 2020, and unemployment scams have contributed their fair share to the loss.

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