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How to Avoid an Online Vacation Rental Scam

Jason Alderman | Posted 03.04.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Imagine you're planning a much-needed vacation. You rent a home using an online site and pay in full to secure the deal. You board your flight and travel to your destination, excited to be far away from work and ready to relax. You arrive at your rental to get the keys -- and find out you've been scammed.

How to Avoid Ending up in a Tree in the Amazon

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 02.26.2015 | Travel
Janice S. Lintz

"Climb or potentially die," my guide told me. The wild boars just let out a charging call. They thought we were going to attack their babies. Terrifie...

Making a Difference: The World of Giving -- Making 2015 the Year of Giving

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

At the start of every New Year, many make resolutions and most having every intention of keeping them. However, as the days and weeks pass they often are forgotten or set aside, replaced with the activities of everyday life!

Are Extended Warranties Worth the Cost?

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

You're in final negotiations to buy a new car and the dealer is urging you to protect your $20,000-plus investment by purchasing an extended warranty (also known as a service contract). Are these costly add-ons worth the expense or simply a sucker bet intended to boost the seller's bottom line?

Avoiding Auto Repair Scams

Gini Graham Scott | Posted 11.02.2014 | Money
Gini Graham Scott

Many people like me know little or nothing about their cars and don't understand what is being done to them, so they can easily be persuaded to get repairs they don't need or be subjected to other scams.

How to Avoid 5 Common Moving Mistakes

John Egan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Money
John Egan

It's a safe bet that millions of questions are rattling around the brains of the millions of Americans who are preparing to relocate. Perhaps you're among them. To help put you at ease, here are five common moving mistakes and how to avoid them.

How to Spot a Bad Moving Company

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

Before you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars and entrust your valuables with strangers, here are a few tips for ensuring a positive moving experience, as well as scams to avoid.

Choosing the Right Home Alarm System

Jason Alderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Jason Alderman

As with any major purchase, it pays to shop around. Don't fall for high-pressure sales techniques or scare tactics. Once you've identified a few good candidates, check for customer complaints.

Measuring Success in the Social Sector: Depends on Who's Asking

Atul Tandon | Posted 11.04.2013 | Impact
Atul Tandon

This enormous sector is in the midst of a revolution unprecedented in our nation's history. Within a few years -- certainly within a generation -- most Americans' views of the success or failure of charities likely will change.

Steer Clear of Auto Repair Scams

Jason Alderman | Posted 10.07.2013 | Business
Jason Alderman

If you feel frustrated or intimidated whenever you take your car in for repairs, you're not alone. Although most auto repair shops are legitimate, some unscrupulous operators will rip off inexperienced car owners.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - Remember Your Charitable Donations Still Count in this Year's Tax Return

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

As many of us scurry to gather our receipts and recollect the donations we made in 2012, there is a chorus of folks who say that the predicted elimination of the deductibility of charitable donations will result in fewer people giving or people giving less. My response is that it will not.

Would You Pay $5 For One Of These?

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2012 | Small Business

* Some hotel prices six times the normal rate * Charities scramble to keep families off the streets * Ex...

Feds Crackdown On Shady Movers

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.01.2012 | Money

Sometimes, when a moving company has all your earthly possessions boxed up in a truck, they take it as a license to do whatever they like -- charge yo...

No, Obama Isn't Going To Pay Your Bills

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

If you get a call saying President Obama wants to help pay your utility bills, don't believe it. The Better Business Bureau recently warned that i...

Comcast Told To Stop It With The 'We're The Fastest' Stuff

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

A recent exchange in the advertising world has gone something like this: Comcast XFINITY: "It's official. We're the fastest." The Better Busines...

Man Shot And Killed Near JFK Airport Linked To Diet Supplement Company

Posted 07.12.2012 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) -- A man murdered during a business meeting in New York City was a top official in a Florida dietary supplement company that has been th...

Watch Your Back! These Scams On The Rise

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2012 | Money

(The author is a Reuters contributor.) By Mitch Lipka April 12 (Reuters) - When it comes to large migrations of people ...

10 Shady American Sectors

Posted 03.03.2012 | Business

Worried that contractor you're hiring to re-do your kitchen floor might be shady? You're not alone. The Better Business Bureau received the most i...

Americans Got A Little Bit Less Angry At Banks Last Year

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

* Complaints against banks drop 30 pct-BBB * Payday lender complaints rise * Banks facing new restrictions on consumer p...

Man Sued After Creating Fake Government Agency, Stealing From Immigrants In Need

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed suit Thursday against a Chicago man who allegedly preyed upon immigrants, posing as an official government agency ...

The Top 10 Scams, Schemes And Rip-Offs Of 2010

Wallet Pop | Jorgen Wouters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

Job hunters, consumers trying to dig themselves out of debt and those desperate to earn some extra money on the side were frequent victims of fraudste...

New Rule Cracks Down On Debt Settlement Industry

AP | CANDICE CHOI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Companies that promise to reduce or eliminate credit card balances and other debt for customers will no longer be allowed to charge an up...

Checking Up On Nonprofits: Making Sure You're Giving Back Right

The Wall Street Journal | Jonnelle Marte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Before signing up, do some homework on the nonprofit you'll be "working" for on your vacation....

The Debt Relief Rip-Off

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

Desperate people want to believe it's true. They want to believe that there are companies that can easily get rid of their credit card debt. More often than not, they are deeply disappointed.

Bank of America Wire Transfer: Lost in Space!

Iris Mack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Iris Mack

It seems that I have unwillingly made a 10 day ZERO interest loan to Bank of America.