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Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2017 The October 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter updates readers on a new Credit Builders Alliance educational program, advises consumers on how to combat the increasing spread of fake news, gives instructions on how to respond in the wake of the massive Equifax data breach, outlines our latest efforts to educate community-based organizations on elder financial abuse, and more. (Monday, October 02, 2017)

Consumer Action INSIDER - September 2017 The September 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter introduces readers to a housing agency that's using Consumer Action's free resources to help clients; provides information on a California bill that would protect consumers in the event of another Wells Fargo-type scandal; details how the FTC is fighting robocalls; offers detailed information on our upcoming National Consumer Empowerment Conference; and more. (Thursday, August 31, 2017)

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Freeze Your Credit File (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Freeze Your Credit File (Spanish) Leave ID Thieves Out in the Cold  El “congelamiento de seguridad” es una herramienta para ayudarle a prevenir el robo de identidad y evitar que impostores utilicen su información personal para establecer crédito. Esta publicación explica cómo “congelar” su crédito, lo cual previene que se establezca crédito nuevo a nombre suyo hasta que usted suspenda provisionalmente el congelamiento o le retire de forma permanente. Filed Under: Credit Credit Reports Fraud/Scams Privacy Rights on Oct 06, 2017

Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Tax basics for earners in the ‘sharing economy’ (Spanish)  La economía colaborativa podría permitirle poner un poco de dinero extra en su bolsillo en su tiempo libre, o podría ser su ingreso principal. De cualquier manera, el ganar dinero adicional tendrá un impacto en su situación fiscal. Esta publicación, aunque no representa asesoría fiscal, le ayudará a entender cómo reportar sus ingresos y gastos, por qué debe aprovechar todas las deducciones a las que tiene derecho, cómo evitar una desagradable sorpresa cuando presente su declaración de impuestos, y dónde conseguir más información y ayuda. Filed Under: Insurance on Oct 02, 2017

Freeze Your Credit File

Library: English | Freeze Your Credit File Leave ID thieves out in the cold  A credit file "security freeze" is a preventive tool to help you avoid identity theft and to block impostors from using your personal information to establish credit. This publication explains how to "freeze" your credit file, which prevents new credit from being established in your name until you temporarily or permanently lift the freeze. Category: Credit Credit Reports Fraud/Scams Privacy Rights on Oct 01, 2017

Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Insuring yourself in the ‘sharing economy’ (Spanish)  La "economía colaborativa" puede ofrecer nuevas formas de ganar dinero, pero, como con cualquier negocio o trabajo por cuenta propia, se deben tomar en cuenta algunas cuestiones relacionadas con el seguro. Esta publicación explica los riesgos potenciales asociados con cada tipo de actividad "colaborativa", el tipo de protección que ofrecen las "plataformas" que conectan a los usuarios, cómo el seguro personal puede resultar insuficiente, cuáles son las opciones para obtener protección completa y dónde conseguir más información. Filed Under: Insurance on Sep 27, 2017

Micro business: Preparing for success

Library: English | Micro business: Preparing for success  Starting a very small—or micro—business can be the key to long-term professional and financial success. But since many businesses do not make it past the first few years, becoming an entrepreneur is not a decision to make lightly. This guide explains the process of planning and launching a micro business, from estimating costs/earnings and finding funding to identifying legal and professional needs (insurance, bookkeeping, business advice, etc.) and doing business on the internet. Category: Micro Business on Sep 17, 2017

Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation

Library: English | Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation  Thanks to the internet and social media, misinformation travels much faster than it used to, and it can have serious repercussions. This fact sheet will help consumers evaluate the accuracy of what they read or hear, avoid “fake news” and refrain from spreading false stories. Category: Fraud/Scams Internet on Sep 13, 2017

Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start

Library: English | Personal bankruptcy: Your financial fresh start  Bankruptcy can offer a financial fresh start for consumers overwhelmed by debt, but there is a lot to know about the process and potential consequences before a decision to file can be made. This guide explains the differences between the two types of personal bankruptcy, what is required of filers, what happens to debts and assets, alternatives to consider, the general legal process, and where to find assistance and more information. Category: Bankruptcy on Aug 29, 2017

Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Time for an insurance checkup (Spanish)  Para mantener un nivel adecuado de cobertura de seguro, todos los años se le debe reevaluar y ajustar en respuesta a eventos específicos en su vida. Esta hoja informativa para analizar su cobertura explica por qué es importante revisar con regularidad sus pólizas de seguro, enumera los eventos específicos de la vida que por lo general requieren un cambio en la cobertura, ofrece consejos y herramientas para manejar sus seguros y enlaces a recursos donde usted puede obtener más información. Filed Under: Automobiles Housing Housing Insurance Insurance Medical/Healthcare on Aug 10, 2017

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