Target breach

What should you do if you shopped at Target between Nov 27 and Dec 15

In case you haven’t heard, Target’s been a victim of a massive credit-card hack involving 40 million accounts. The Secret Service is currently investigating. This was first reported by the security focused blog KrebsOnSecurity.com. This involves both credit and debit cards. Who is affected? This only affects shoppers who shopped at the Target store, not […]

December 19, 2013 18
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Companies I Won’t Do Business With

Good customer service is never an accident. The motivation to provide good service has a lot to do with a company’s culture. When Delta’s CEO talks about ‘customer satisfaction’, ‘quality’ and ‘good service’, I think he is mocking us all. When Jeff Bezos of Amazon says the same things, I know he means it. As […]

March 14, 2012 38
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So Someone Tried To Use My Credit Card To Buy A Laptop…

It was a particularly dull morning, the excitement of spring watered down by the constant downpour dampening everyone’s spirits… when my trusted Nokia rang. It was an automated message. I was about to hang up when I caught my bank’s name and it was from the fraud department notifying me of some activities on a […]

April 22, 2011 30
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5 Must-Watch Movies For The Money Mavericks!

Five of my favorite ‘money themed’ movies in no particular order… The Business Of Being Born (2008) If you are pregnant or about to become pregnant, I would advice you against watching this movie! The movie is about how something as natural as childbirth has become a booming business in the US. Physicians like control […]

April 11, 2011 26
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Misled By DirecTV? You May Be Entitled To Some Compensation. Here’s How…

Revenue from last quarter for DirecTV was over $6 billion! For a quarter! And that’s not because customers love DirecTV. Just search for DirecTV and you’ll find numerous complaints blasting DirecTV’s deceptive marketing practices. Here are the most common ones: You are offered a promotion when you sign up which doesn’t extend till the end […]

December 30, 2010 4
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BofA How Low Will Thee Go?

Last week, BofA agreed to pay $137 million for defrauding municipalities of millions of dollars by rigging muni bids in its favor. In 2007, BofA voluntarily informed the Justice Department of its role in this muni bond operation. Bank of America was involved in 88 cases involving muni bid rigging from 1998 to 2003. What […]

December 11, 2010 8
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Were The Bailouts Necessary?

The Feds took a lot of heat for the massive bailout of Wall Street. Politicians rode it all the way to the vote bank with their fake outrage and there were some who openly agreed that the bailout was necessary. Just Take It! But were the bailouts justified? In my opinion, yes. Letting large financial […]

December 6, 2010 12
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I Got Scammed.

No one likes to admit they got scammed. More so for me since I blog about personal finance! But here’s an old story I think is worth writing about. This happened a few years back … Here’s what happened. I signed up for a new credit card and the card provider automatically put me on […]

November 2, 2010 5
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Should you sign for a debit card purchase or use your PIN?

Ever noticed how when you swipe your debit card at the grocery, you have to choose Credit or Debit? Most choose Debit and enter their PIN to pay for the purchases. Did you know you can choose Credit and NOT enter your PIN?

October 3, 2010 2
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If you have a PayPal account, read this.

Paypal has two modes of payment – a one-time payment and a subscription or pre-approved payment. Sneaky merchants might charge you for a subscription when you might be under the impression this is a one-time payment. They can keep charging you till you cancel. How to find out if you are in fact a victim […]

July 31, 2010 5
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