More money is coming to families…and scammers are ready

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, eligible families will get monthly payments from the government from July 15 through December 2021. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will send these monthly payments directly to people through direct deposit, paper checks, or debit cards. Unlike economic impact payments, these payments are an advance on families’ … Continue reading More money is coming to families…and scammers are ready

Coronavirus update: U.S. hits vaccination milestone, Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be back soon

Coronavirus (COVID-19) tally as compiled by Johns Hopkins University. (Previous numbers in parentheses.) Total U.S. confirmed cases: 31,672,240 (31,636,941) Total U.S. deaths: 567,233 (566,970) Total global cases: 141,544,240 (140,858,072) Total global deaths: 3,022,288 (3,013,280) CDC says half of all adults have had at least one shot The U.S. has reached a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination milestone. The Centers … Continue reading Coronavirus update: U.S. hits vaccination milestone, Johnson & Johnson vaccine may be back soon

Breaking: U.S. Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Citing ‘Rare’ Blood Clots

The CDC and FDA called for a temporary but immediate halt to the use of J&J’s COVID vaccine while they investigate at least six cases of potentially dangerous blood clots in people who received the vaccine. Federal agencies today said they will stop using the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID vaccine at mass vaccination sites while … Continue reading Breaking: U.S. Pauses Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Citing ‘Rare’ Blood Clots

SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

by Seena GressinAttorney, Division of Consumer & Business Education, FTC Government imposters may have hit a new low with a scheme that targets the grieving survivors of people who died of COVID-19 by offering them help paying for their loved one’s funeral expenses. A real government relief program will pay up to $9,000 for funeral … Continue reading SHOCKING!!! Scammers Target Loved Ones of COVID-19 Victims Who Died

New Android Hack Could Allow Cybercriminals to Take Over Users’ Devices

The malware is being disguised as a ‘system update’ Users of Apple iOS devices welcomed the week with a security threat. Now, Android users are being warned of malware posing as a security update that can allow hackers to take complete control of devices.  The sophisticated new malicious app disguises itself as a System Update application, according to … Continue reading New Android Hack Could Allow Cybercriminals to Take Over Users’ Devices

Give Yourself Some Credit (Credit Reports, that is)

Your credit report has a summary of your credit history. For example, if you’ve been evicted and a landlord turns uncollected rent over to a collection agency, that might be on your credit report. Information in your credit report affects your credit score. That’s important because businesses — like insurance and phone companies — use … Continue reading Give Yourself Some Credit (Credit Reports, that is)

Avoid Payment Scams While Rebuilding Your Finances

Over the past year, the Coronavirus created financial problems for many people. Maybe you’re one of them. As you work to regain your financial footing, scammers will continue to try to steer you off course. Here are a few ways to spot, stop, and report payment scams. Asked to pay with gift cards? Don’t do … Continue reading Avoid Payment Scams While Rebuilding Your Finances

Managing Your Bills During The Pandemic

COVID-19 has thrown the economy into a tailspin. As people have been laid off, furloughed, or are working fewer hours, bills can pile up. This week, for Financial Literacy Month, we’re looking at ways to manage — and today, it’s all about dealing with debt. Here are some ideas to start regaining your financial footing … Continue reading Managing Your Bills During The Pandemic

Recall Roundup

Earlier this month, Continental Tires issued a recall for nearly 94,000 of its Continental, General, and Barum brand tires because they were cured for too long during the production process. The company said that could cause affected tires to develop a break in the sidewall that would cause them to rapidly deflate and/or completely separate while in … Continue reading Recall Roundup

Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?

Lots of people are having difficulty paying their rent due to the pandemic. But today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released an eviction moratorium order. It protects people from being evicted for not paying their rent if they complete a declaration form and give it to their landlord. This protection lasts until June 30, … Continue reading Behind On Your Rent And Worried About Eviction?