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Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2017 The October 2017 issue of Consumer Action's monthly newsletter updates readers on our recent 46th year anniversary and awards event in Washington, DC, guides them on what to do to restore paper-based communications from companies that only want to offer electronic billing and other statements, outlines efforts by the Center for Financial Services Innovation to help business determine and improve the financial health of their customers, and more. (Tuesday, October 31, 2017)

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)

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Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | Fake news: Recognizing and stemming misinformation (Spanish)  Gracias a internet y a los medios sociales, la información ahora se transmite mucho más rápido que antes y puede resultar en graves consecuencias. Esta hoja informativa le ayudará al consumidor a evaluar la exactitud de lo que lee o escucha, a evitar las "noticias falsas" y a abstenerse de propagarlas. Filed Under: Fraud/Scams Internet on Oct 27, 2017

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

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