First things first: In the form's acronym lies the secret to avoiding the money pitfalls--FAFSA is short for "FREE Application for Federal Student Aid." Yeah, I know, filling it out is time-consuming, but it's doable. It's also complex and requires information that you're going to have to bird-dog, but it is free.
Think your NYC broker is working for you? Think again. You're not in Kansas anymore. Lord knows I've had more than my fair share of broker-induced real-estate headaches. It's a dirty business, and if you don't know how to look out for yourself, you're food for the piranhas.
If they've been targeted by scammers, report it to the FTC, their state attorney general and state consumer protection office.
Scammers are creative when it comes to devising schemes to try and steal your identity and money, and the BBB and the AARP have been warning consumers about such a scam lately regarding fake customer service surveys.
If just about everyone in government is lying or fudging the truth (or so it seems) or taking advantage of their positions, whom can you trust? If ho...
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has had to invest loads of money again to police the debt relief industry to go after more false promises and schemes to sell people worthless services.
Fraudulent individuals and scam artists can abuse the great feeling of online communities. One shocking example is the self proclaimed R&B artist, entrepreneur, and businessman, who goes by the name of DeLorean.
Start with a notion that's a bit counter-intuitive. To become an effective travel bargain hunter, planning is essential. In fact, embrace travel as a hobby, looking for tricks, techniques and current online resources to keep abreast of the best last-minute deals. Here's how to begin.
The crux of the problem when it comes to reporting unclaimed property: It's impossible to be guarded and careful about something you don't even know exists, and of course it's much easier to steal something if you know that it does.
The future of the rich experience hotel is a mobile one. Let's hope industry advancements help us differentiate the good guys from the scammers, with a bon voyage to the latter.
Do you remember the first time you encountered an Internet scam? Maybe it was an email scam where if you opened a suspicious email or attachment, you were susceptible to picking up a virus that could harm your computer.
Think about the fortuneteller in popular culture -- the bandaged, bejeweled gypsy kind. Has there ever been an honest one? The only one I can remember is Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost," but that wasn't until Patrick Swayze got into her and swayzed* her up and made her make out with Demi Moore.
In essence, charity helps people who need help -- period. They are not -- and should never be -- the branding and marketing machine behind a celeb-du-jour, they should not be the playground on which the wealthy can hang out with the popular.
Email addresses are like opinions--nearly everyone has one. It is the most public piece of personal information you have besides your name. But what you may not know about your email address could hurt you.
If you're presented with a document, such as a contract or an agreement, and you don't fully understand it, don't sign it.
Although you might feel bad about getting scammed when donating to a fake charity, the fact of the matter is, scammers are crafty and counting on you to overlook any suspicious aspects in your hurry to help out.