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New warning: The ‘grandparents scam’ can drain seniors of thousands in cash Scams & Rip-Offs December 7, 2018
The so-called "grandparents scam" is an ugly crime that can bilk senior citizens out of thousands of their hard-earned dollars…
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Job alert: These 10 companies are hiring like crazy in December Jobs & Military December 7, 2018
December is a great month to look for a job. While everyone else is taking time off for the holidays,…
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Online puppy scams have cost people thousands — here’s how to spot them Scams & Rip-Offs December 6, 2018
Everyone loves a puppy! But if you're in the market for a new family member for the holidays, here's what…
Netflix spam
Free Netflix for a year? Don’t fall for this phishing scam using the movie service as bait Scams & Rip-Offs December 5, 2018
Netflix has become an everyday part of life for many of us, with its huge library of movies on demand…
How to tell if that Amazon.com email is legit
How to tell if that email you get from Amazon is legit or a phishing scam Protect Your Identity November 30, 2018
As the world's largest online retailer, Amazon.com sends untold numbers of emails to consumers on a daily basis. Many of…
‘Tis the time of year for ticket scams: 5 ways to spot the fakes
‘Tis the time of year for ticket scams: 5 ways to spot the fakes Scams & Rip-Offs November 29, 2018
You drive, Uber or take public transportation to the ballgame and present your coveted ticket to the front gate attendant…
life insurance retirement planning
Ask Clark: What is a life insurance retirement plan and are they recommended? Insurance November 28, 2018
What if there were a way for you to avoid paying taxes in retirement? That's the promise offered by a…
senior citizens in nursing home
Ask Clark: Can you buy term life insurance for seniors? Insurance November 13, 2018
Life insurance is particularly helpful as a safety net when you're raising a family. But what can you do if…
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again
Scam alert: The ‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange has popped up on Facebook again Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
When the end of the year rolls around, you can always count on three things: holiday music in the stores,…
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New breed of card skimmers at gas stations pose high-tech threat Scams & Rip-Offs November 13, 2018
A virulent new breed of skimmers at gas station pumps are using cutting-edge technology to steal your money. That's prompted…
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Job alert: These 10 companies are hiring like crazy in November Employment Trends & Job Market November 12, 2018
The holidays are upon us, but that doesn't mean the job opportunities grind to a halt! In fact, looking for…
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A guide to the best and worst veterans charities Jobs & Military November 12, 2018
Where is your veterans charity money going? CharityWatch.org keeps an eye on the best and worst veterans charities you can…
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Scam alert: Make sure you don’t fall for a fake insurance plan Scams & Rip-Offs November 7, 2018
A shady health insurance operation that allegedly raked in more than $100 million by selling bogus insurance plans has now…
Thieves are stealing frequent flyer miles — but here's how to protect yourself
How to keep your frequent flyer miles safe from thieves Protect Your Rights & Identity November 6, 2018
Criminals seem to know no bounds in trying to swindle unsuspecting victims. One scheme that seems to be increasing in…
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Scam alert: Boss emailed asking you to buy gift cards for clients? Be careful! Scams & Rip-Offs November 5, 2018
We all know the holidays are a time to be generous and give to others. But if your boss emails…
What to do if you mistakenly give a criminal your gift card PIN
What to do if you mistakenly give a criminal your gift card PIN Scams & Rip-Offs October 31, 2018
Gift cards are popular around the holidays, but they're being used as more than just gifts by criminals: They're being…
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Beware these 5 Medicare open enrollment pitfalls Insurance October 30, 2018
If you're on Medicare or turning 65 soon, you've probably got open enrollment on your mind. The open enrollment period…
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Warning: Don’t fall for this new Social Security phone scam Scams & Rip-Offs October 23, 2018
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a warning about a new scam involving a number showing up on your caller…
Need a job? 'UPS Brown Friday' aims to hire 100,000 people in one day
Need a job? ‘UPS Brown Friday’ aims to hire 100,000 people in one day Jobs & Military October 18, 2018
UPS is going on a one-day hiring blitz Friday, October 19 to fill nearly 100,000 seasonal positions, the company said.…
now hiring sign - 25 best cities to get a job right now
25 best cities to get a job right now Jobs & Military October 18, 2018
With a strengthening economy and low unemployment, workers are no longer asking themselves, "Will I be able to get a…
Being asked to pay for your Roku setup? It's a scam!
Being asked to pay for your Roku device setup? It’s a scam!!! Mobile & Electronics October 17, 2018
So you've purchased a Roku device and can't wait to watch all the TV shows, movies and other content you…
Scam alert: Do not apply for this fake Amazon work-from-home job
Scam alert: Do not apply for this fake Amazon work-from-home job News October 15, 2018
Scammers are using Amazon's name to target people who may be interested in stay-at-home jobs. A woman dialed up Clark…
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You might be pleasantly surprised by the Medicare premium increases for 2019 Insurance October 15, 2018
There's some relatively good news if you're on Medicare. The average recipient will see a slight rise in cost — in…
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly
Jamaican lottery scam: How lucrative promises can ensnare the elderly Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
Elderly Americans are increasingly falling victim to a scam so pervasive that U.S. government officials have had trouble stopping it.…
Hackers accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users
Hackers in China accessing Apple IDs to steal money from iPhone users Protect Your Rights & Identity October 12, 2018
In an increasingly sophisticated scheme, hackers are stealing Apple IDs and siphoning big money from iPhone users. The scam works…
Hotel phone scam targets guest with calls from fake 'manager'
Scam alert: Hotel guests getting calls from fake ‘managers’ Scams & Rip-Offs October 12, 2018
New reports of an old hotel phone scam targeting guests and their wallets are popping up with greater frequency these days.…
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Social Security cost-of-living adjustment for 2019 is the biggest in 7 years! Money & Credit October 11, 2018
The Social Security Administration (SSA) just announced the biggest boost to benefits for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income recipients since…
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Clark Howard: Seasonal holiday jobs are everywhere, but don’t fall for gimmicks Jobs & Military October 11, 2018
In the history of the shopping recreation season — also known as Christmas shopping — I have never seen people…
401(k) retirement planning
Should I roll over my 401(k) into an IRA when leaving my job? Money & Credit October 9, 2018
Paul Simon once famously sang about "50 ways to leave your lover," but there must be 101 reasons why people…
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone
Scam alert: Why you should be very wary of letting a stranger borrow your phone Scams & Rip-Offs October 5, 2018
In this plugged-in digital age, most of us carry mobile phones. But things happen. People leave their phones at home,…
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