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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

ENTREPRENEURS: Learn about your insurance needs

In this issue of Consumer Action News, our quarterly newsletter, we outline the business insurance needs of home-based businesses and microbusinesses.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SAVING STARTS HERE: Saving to Build Wealth

Our multilingual brochure offering information about the importance of saving, setting short- and long-term goals to promote saving, opening a savings account and ways to make your money grow faster, including certificates of deposit (CDs), individual retirement accounts (IRAs), U.S. Savings Bonds and college savings accounts.


Monday, February 10, 2014

KNOW YOUR CARDS: Read ‘Paying with Plastic’

Consumer Action’s Know Your Card website offers resources for understanding the difference between plastic payment cards, such as credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards and gift cards. Our new fact sheet, “Paying with Plastic,” is an introduction to the topic.


Friday, January 31, 2014

EITC Awareness Day: Learn about the tax credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-income, working taxpayers and families get more money back when they file their federal income tax return. This publication contains EITC guidelines for the 2013 tax year.


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

REMITTANCE RULES: We’ve updated ‘How to Send Money Home’

Many immigrants send some of their earnings to relatives and friends in their home countries. There are several ways to transfer money to recipients outside the U.S., and different types of financial services and products can help you with this task.


Thursday, December 19, 2013

DATA BREACH victim? Take these steps

Was your debit or credit card part of a data breach? Tips from Consumer Action, the National Consumer Law Center and U.S. PIRG.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

OBAMACARE BASICS: See the new Consumer Action News

In the Affordable Care Act Issue of Consumer Action News we cover the basics of Obamacare—including the new health insurance exchanges, required minimum services, enrollment, subsidies for low income individuals and families and more. Our Web Bonus articles (not included in the downloadable PDF), explore medical debt installment plans, scams around Obamacare and appealing your health insurer’s decisions.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

NEW SHORT VIDEOS discuss online privacy

Consumer Action, in collaboration with Knowlera/MonkeySee, released three short videos with advice for consumers on how to protect their privacy online by enabling “do not track” (DNT) settings and/or using free DNT tools. Consumer Action’s Michelle De Mooy serves as spokesperson on the videos, produced in partnership with Knowlera/MonkeySee. They also can be viewed on Consumer Action’s YouTube Channel.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

THANK YOU! Our 2013 fundraiser is a succès fou

Raising more than $200,000 Consumer Action’s 2013 fundraiser in Washington, DC honored the organization’s long history of multilingual consumer education and presented three awards to individuals and organizations that work on behalf of limited English proficient individuals and diverse communities.


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: Learn ways to protect yourself online

Now in its 10th year, National Cyber Security Awareness Month’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility,” reflecting the role we all play in being safer online and making the Internet more secure for everyone.

During the week of October 14-20, the focus is cybersecurity education. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), there are still gaps in basic behaviors that would protect people and their data. In a recent study commissioned by PayPal and NCSA, nearly 19 percent of Americans said they had never changed their password or pin for an online account without prompting by the service provider and only 34 percent lock their mobile phone with a PIN. These findings reflect the need for continued education and awareness activities around online safety.

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