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Specialty Consumer Reports Issue (Fall 2014) Consumer Action has compiled information for consumers about "specialty consumer reports.” Like credit reports, these specialized consumer reports gather details about individuals to help companies predict a customer’s risk level to a business. But the existence of these “specialty” reports is not well known among consumers, who stand to lose the most if the reports contain errors or omissions. ( Tuesday, November 18, 2014 )

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Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Debtors’ Rights

Library: English | Debtors’ Rights Protecting yourself from debt collection lawsuits  This 16-page guide helps consumers who owe money understand how to avoid a debt collection lawsuit, what the legal process is if they can’t avoid being sued, their rights if they lose the suit and how to file a complaint against a debt collector. Category: Consumer Rights Credit on Nov 04, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Privacy and control for social media users

Library: English | Privacy and control for social media users How much do you want to share?  This brochure presents the potential privacy risks in social networking and prepares social media users to make wise choices about what they share and who they share it with. It includes information about how to use the privacy controls on social networking websites and apps and offers tips for enjoying social media while still protecting your personal privacy. Category: on Oct 30, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Q&A about protecting your finances for servicemembers and vets

Library: English | Q&A about protecting your finances for servicemembers and vets  This backgrounder expounds on the topics introduced in the companion brochure. Presented in Q&A format, the guide answers dozens of questions for servicemembers and veterans, ranging from how to avoid predatory lenders and take advantage of mainstream financial services to how to handle student loans and deal with debt collection issues.  Category: Credit Credit Scores Military/Veterans on Aug 19, 2014

Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans

Library: English | Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans  This fact sheet teaches servicemembers and veterans how to recognize and avoid scams and expensive or risky financial products/services and encourages them to take advantage of the many consumer-friendly borrowing and banking options available. It also explains the special consumer finance protections that active duty servicemembers have under the law. Category: Banking Credit Fraud/Scams Military/Veterans Money Management on Aug 19, 2014

Friday, August 01, 2014

Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans - PowerPoint Training Slides

Library: English | Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans - PowerPoint Training Slides  This downloadable PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the “Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans” lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that will help to engage learners and improve retention. Category: Banking Credit Credit Scores Military/Veterans on Aug 01, 2014

Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans - Seminar lesson plan and class activities

Library: English | Economic survival guide for servicemembers and veterans - Seminar lesson plan and class activities  This downloadable packet guides community educators through a 2.5-hour presentation on servicemembers’ and veterans’ consumer rights, financial services to avoid and the better alternatives that exist, how to avoid scams aimed at veterans, and where to get legal and financial help. In addition to the lesson plan (to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation), the packet includes exercises, resources and a class evaluation form.     Category: Banking Credit Credit Scores Military/Veterans on Aug 01, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

An Employee’s Guide to Payroll Cards (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | An Employee’s Guide to Payroll Cards (Spanish)  Esta guía de cuatro páginas fue diseñada para ayudar a los empleados de empresas que ofrecen tarjetas de nómina a determinar si ésta es la mejor opción para ellos, a comprender cómo funcionan las tarjetas y cómo evitar cargos, y a conocer sus derechos. Filed Under: Consumer Rights Prepaid Cards on Jun 10, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Lifeline Eligibility and Application Worksheets

Library: English | Lifeline Eligibility and Application Worksheets  These worksheets will help consumers determine if they are eligible for Lifeline discounts and track their progress through the application and renewal process. A short "quiz" can be used in class to help participants understand key points about the Lifeline program. Category: Telecom/TV on May 15, 2014

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