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Why Obsessing for a Perfect Credit Score Is a Waste of Your Time

Aiming for a perfect credit score? You’re not alone. After having his credit scores plateau in the 800-817 range for months, a Credit Sesame user writes in for advice on how to reach that perfect 850 credit score. John Ulzheimer, credit expert for Credit Sesame, answers.

Financial Abuse Against the Elderly, Protecting Aging Parents From Financial Fraud

Financial abuse against the elderly is real and costly. Some estimates put the total loss at $37 billion each year. While many abuses are instigated by strangers who prey on society’s most vulnerable, many losses are caused by people the victims trust. Here’s what you need to know to protect aging parents from financial fraud.

The Alarming Reality of Medical Identity Theft, A New Frontier In Crime

Of all the types of identity theft consumers have to worry about, the greatest nightmare is medical identity theft. As more criminals get their hands on more medical data, millions of Americans will face the alarming reality of medical identity theft.

How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft During Deployment

The geographic mobility and emotional vulnerability that comes with service to country before self make military households an appealing target for crooks. If you’re a member of the military, here’s what you need to know to protect protect yourself from identity theft during deployment.

Links We Love: 5 Ways to Celebrate March Madness on the Cheap

Taking a look at the best personal finance news, tips and advice from others on the web! This week we’re highlighting ways to celebrate march madness (without going broke), 11 tips for boosting your credit score, a quick text to find out just how well you know FICO scores, a look at how much financial info you share online (a lot more than you think), life-changing money lessons you learn in your 30s, how to act like a leader and get ahead at work —and a whole lot more!

Lending Money to Friends and Family Without Losing Both

If you’re thinking about loaning money to a friend or family member, here are some tips to help them out—without damaging the relationship—and getting your money back.

$10M Target Settlement, Why Breach Victims Still Lose

The real winners in the $10M Target settlement are the lawyers, walking away with a cool $6M and little real work. Most victims will walk away with nothing — not a dime. Here’s why.

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