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Personal Finance Minute: Tax-Refund Scams


Don’t be lured by emails or social-media links saying they’re from the IRS and requesting personal information — they’re phishing scams. Andrea Coombes reports.


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Free Credit Report Scams Increase As Credit Crisis Gets Worse


This is where a lot of companies who are out to take advantage of the average consumer come into play. Just because you see advertisements all over the Internet, T.V., and radio about getting free copies of your credit reports doesn’t mean that there isn’t some sort of catch to it. Over 99% of the time when searching for a company that can offer you your 3 major credit bureau credit reports for free you will be asked to purchase some other kind of product or sign up for a credit monitoring service in order to receive your free credit reports.

But if you are being asked to pay for something else before you get to see your “free” credit reports than is it really free? That is the question that many people are asking themselves after signing up for a credit monitoring trial just to see their credit reports. Only to find themselves paying a monthly fee for a service they never really wanted just because they forgot to cancel their membership in time.

More and more companies are taking aim at the increasing number of consumers whose credit is negatively being affected by the ongoing credit crisis. Even going directly through the credit bureaus themselves to obtain your credit reports can end up being very costly. There are some websites out there where you can learn the tricks of the trade when it comes to getting your free credit reports without being suckered into signing up for any kind of services like www.FreeOnlineCreditGuide.com. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled by these companies any longer.

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