Financial Fundamentals Blog

Protect yourself from financial aid scams

  • Beth Ann Tabak
With the recent release of the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), millions of students and their parents are starting the search for next year’s college financial aid, making them susceptible to scammers. Navigating the world of college financial aid is not an easy task. Making it even more difficult are those out there willing to take advantage of you.
 
 

Protect yourself against identity theft

  • Beth Ann Tabak
In September of 2017, it was reported that Equifax, one of the nation’s three largest credit bureaus, had experienced a severe security breach. The personal data of nearly 150 million Americans was made vulnerable, exposed to hackers and scammers to use as they please.

While the initial sting of the breach has passed, its danger has not. We must all continue to protect our valuable personal information. Here’s how you can secure your personal data.

 

How to scope out a spoofer

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Keep yourself safe from telephone scams

Four tips to avoiding summer travel scams

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Ready to get away this summer? We hear you! Just don’t fall prey to a fraudster. Here are four tips to steering clear of travel scams this summer.

Four signs you might be a victim of tax-related identity theft

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Though the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reports that tax-related identity theft is on the decline, it’s still a possibility. Here are a few signs that could indicate you’re a victim.

Credit Report 101: What is it and why should you check it?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Your credit report might be the most important financial tool you have, but do you know why? Check out this primer on the basics of a credit report, and why it’s so essential to your financial life.

Five money mistakes and how to fix them

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Working to achieve your financial goals can be a delicate balancing act, and even when you make your best effort, mistakes can happen. Let’s face it – we’re only human. What you don’t want is to let a mistake go uncorrected because it can have serious repercussions down the road. Let’s review five common money mistakes and their fixes.

Credit Freeze vs. Fraud Alert: Which is right for you?

  • Beth Ann Tabak
If you’re concerned about identity theft, it could be in your best interest to place a Credit Freeze or Fraud Alert on your accounts. But, which one is right for you? Here’s what these tools are and how they work so that you can determine your next steps.

Use Online and Mobile Banking for an easier Holiday Season

  • Beth Ann Tabak
Feeling the pressure of the Holidays already? Don’t worry, we have some tips on how online and mobile banking can truly make the Holidays the most wonderful time of the year.

Reducing your risk for identity theft

  • Beth Ann Tabak
As we all know, the risk for identity theft is ever present. However, staying vigilant and being proactive in securing your information can help reduce that risk and eliminate headaches down the road. Here are a few steps that you can take to make your information more secure.