The 8 Easiest (and No-Cost) Steps for a Scam-Free 2017

Identity theft is hard, but preventing it doesn’t have to be. Although some threats like data breaches are beyond your control, here are eight easy, no-cost ways to help scam-proof yourself in the New Year. Weed your wallet. Nearly half of all known-cause cases of identity theft start with a lost or stolen wallet. Reduce risk with some 2017 billfold cleaning by removing your Social Security card, cheat sheets noting PINs or passwords for bank cards or online accounts, blank …

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Prevent Scams

Pledging to drop pounds might be the most popular New Year’s resolution, but consider adding these 10 simple steps to reduce your risk of scams in 2015 and beyond: Get your credit report – three times a year. Only about 1 in 6 Americans check their credit reports annually with each of the three credit bureaus, and 1 in 4 check with only one bureau, AARP has found. Bad move, since everyone is entitled to three freebies per 12 months at AnnualCreditReport.com. It’s …

My Grandparents’ Mailbox Was Out of Control!

Hello, everyone! It’s Jenn from the Illinois Communications team. I’d like to share an experience that I recently had. The deeper into it I got the more perturbed I became. About a month ago I became a caregiver for my grandparents. (Best grandparents ever, BTW.) Due to some recent health and memory issues they decided it was time to move into a pretty posh assisted living facility in their home town (I’d love to move in too! Hello WiFi, whirlpool, …