Buyer Bilked Out of $123K: ‘Just Like That, It’s Gone’

Questions about homeowners coverage? Aaron Cole and his family lost $123,000 — their entire down payment for a $440,000 house — when Aaron fell for a scam email that purported to be from WFG National Title Insurance Company. The email, which included a lot of real information about the sale and looked authentic, gave Aaron […]

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What Should I Keep in a Safe Deposit Box?

A safe deposit box at a financial institution is (even in the digital age) a good way of securing important valuables or documents that must be protected, and/or which could be needed after the owner dies. You will receive a key, and often the bank will keep one as well, with both keys needed to […]

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Open House Safety Tips for Homeowners

It’s important to protect your safety and your belongings when selling your home. Safeguard your jewelry, prescription medications and other things thieves might try to steal by hiding them, locking them up or removing them altogether. Use the buddy system and avoid showing a house completely alone — this is good for your safety, and […]

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5 Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Burglary, while on the decline, still is prevalent and hits 1.4 million homes a year. You do not want to be one of them! Burglars are brazen and will rob you in daylight as most people do not take as many safety precautions then. Leave your windows, doors, cars, garage doors locked. Do not post […]

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How to Drive in Icy Conditions

Driving in adverse conditions is serious business, but one of the worst ones is driving in icy or snow conditions. While there are several factors one can do to increase safety, the number one thing one can do to prevent icy driving accidents is to not drive in them. If driving is unavoidable, increase the […]

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How To Deice Your Cars Windshield

The best way to deal with ice on your windshield is to make sure it doesn’t form in the first place. Parking your car somewhere sheltered is ideal, but if you cannot do that, you can use a cloth cover soaked in saline, or fill your windshield wiper fluid tanks with a winter fluid that […]

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When Should I Give Out My Child’s Social Security Number?

Children are enticing targets for identity thieves, thanks to their clean credit histories, and because parents rarely check their children’s credit reports. There are some situations in which a parent is required to disclose a child’s social security number, such as claiming the child as a dependent on a tax return or applying for medical […]

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Keeping Your Pet Safe During Air Travel

Flying with a pet is concerning; you should check with the specific airline that you intend to use before traveling because even though statistically, it is supposed to be safer than driving, death is a possibility. The Animal Welfare Act has very specific rules, which include that your pet must be at least 8 weeks […]

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Tips on Protecting You from Fake Charities and Scams

Charity and volunteerism are two key factors that keep our society going. However, sometimes, people use charities as a scam. People might go door to door claiming to be raising money for a charity, but instead be keeping the money for themselves. If you are wondering if a charity is a scam take the time […]

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6 Steps for Preparing Your Home for Winter

Winter can wreak havoc on your home. Wind might destroy a trees. Heavy snowfall could batter your roof. Even rain might clog downspouts and gutters. You can shield your house with just a few small moves. Inspect your home’s roof to find issues before winter. Look for air leaks in your home. Make sure to […]

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