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Protect Yourself Against New Account ID Theft

The first defense against any kind of identity theft is to be vigilant about protecting your personal information by taking steps like creating secure passwords, installing anti-virus and anti-malware software, and shredding personal documents. However, if and when someone does steal enough of your information to commit any form of identity theft there is really only one type of identity theft that you can stop before it happens: New account identity theft, where someone opens a new account in your name.

Resource | Health Care

The Young Person's Guide To Health Insurance

For people in their late teens and twenties, getting health insurance can be a lot like a lottery . . .

Stop Payday Predators

Payday loans are among the most predatory forms of credit on the market. Though they are marketed as having “reasonable” fees or charges, typical interest rates exceed 300 percent. And because the payday lenders’ bottom line actually depends on borrowers’ inability to repay — most payday fees come from borrowers who take out more than 10 loans a year — they target people with low incomes and no other options. 

Resource | Budget, Tax

No Write-Offs for Health Care Scams

A new factsheet from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group documents how health care and pharmaceutical corporations are able to write off the payments they make to settle charges of wrongdoing, such as fraud, on their taxes

Letter from consumer groups to Experian & T-Mobile Re Data Breach

Following news that a credit-check subsidiary of the credit bureau Experian had been breached and that detailed information -- including Social Security Numbers and birth dates -- of 15 million T-Mobile customers and applicants had been included in the files breached, we issued a statement and also joined several leading groups in a letter to the two firms. In the letter, we asked the firms to give victims free credit freezes, instead of the offered credit monitoring, since only a credit freeze stops new account identity theft.

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