Free cruise? Try illegal robocall with an upsell.

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Last week, the Federal Trade Commission announced charges against the operators of a telemarketing scheme known as “free cruise” who were illegally soliciting robocalls and dialing numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Per the FTC, “Robocalls trying to sell you something are illegal unless a company has your written permission to call you… Read more »

10 Ways to Better Manage Your Time

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Time is a finite resource. We all have 24 hours in a day. No more, no less. It’s what we do with that time that matters. Fortunately, good time management isn’t an innate talent you’re born with; it’s a skill that can be developed. If you look at the most successful people in the world,… Read more »

SC Telco CEO Steve Harkins to Retire April 2020

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SC Telco Federal Credit Union announced today that CEO Steve Harkins will retire in April 2020 after 33 years of service to the organization. His successor will be announced in late January.   Greenville, SC – Steve Harkins has been SC Telco Federal Credit Union CEO for over thirty years and has worked in the… Read more »

How to Save More Money in 2020

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Year after year, saving money ranks as one of the five most popular New Year’s resolutions, along with eating healthier, losing weight, getting more exercise, and learning a new skill. A study by the University of Scranton showed that approximately 45 percent of us make resolutions like these, but only eight percent are successful at… Read more »

Venmo, Cash App, and Zelle: Are Mobile Payment Apps Safe to Use?

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We’ve been moving toward a cashless society for years. Thanks to direct deposit, credit cards, and debit cards, most of us have been able to earn a living and pay for expenses without handling a single piece of currency. But social transactions like splitting a check at dinner, buying something at a yard sale, or… Read more »

11 Effective Ways to Avoid Credit Card Fraud

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In February 2019, US News & World Report conducted a survey to find out whether consumers are taking precautions to protect themselves from fraud or identity theft. According to the survey results, approximately 23 percent of the respondents shared that they had fallen victim to a scam of some type within the past three years…. Read more »

New Online Reporting Form for Impostor Scam Calls

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Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, and Gail S. Ennis, the Inspector General for the Social Security Administration, announce the launch of a dedicated online form at https://oig.ssa.gov to receive reports from the public of Social Security-related scams. These scams—in which fraudulent callers mislead victims into making cash or gift card payments to avoid arrest for purported… Read more »

Quicken vs. Mint: Which Budgeting Tool is Best for You?

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Budgets are nothing new. You know you should follow a budget. You want to follow a budget. Maybe you’ve tried using one before and failed. Repeatedly. Why is such a simple habit so difficult to maintain? In many cases, the difference between good intentions and budgeting success comes down to the budgeting tools you use. … Read more »

10 Side Hustles to Help You Earn More Money

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As a growing number of people realize their 9-to-5 jobs aren’t getting them any closer to their financial and personal goals, side hustles are becoming more popular than ever. The difference between a side hustle and an extra job is that the hustle allows you to build an income source the goes beyond merely trading… Read more »