Security Freezes and Fraud Alerts

If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s identity theft website, which lists the steps you need to take. The FTC has a second website, “Immediate Steps to Repair Identity Theft,” with similar information. For individuals who believe they have been or will be the victims of identity theft, […]

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Your Credit Report

UW-Extension: Continue to check your free credit report after a data breach

The latest data breach in the news comes from Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the U.S. This breach involves computer hackers accessing personal data – social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and potentially more information – of 143 million U.S. consumers. Equifax advises all consumers to determine if their personal information […]

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Check your free credit report to build financial security

The University of Wisconsin-Extension “Check Your Free Credit Report: 2/2, 6/6, 10/10” campaign seeks to make the process of remembering to order a free credit report as easy as possible. Anyone can sign up to receive an email reminder from UW-Extension three times a year—on 2/2, 6/6, and 10/10—on the campaign’s website: fyi.uwex.edu/creditreport. While you […]

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Money Smart Week

Money Smart Week Returns April 22-29, 2017

Student Loans? Preparing for retirement? Repairing your credit? Small Business info? Want to land your dream Job? Just wish you were better at managing your money? Sign up today for one of many financial education programs during Money Smart Week® April 22-29, coordinated by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and hundreds of local partner […]

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Check your free credit report to build financial security

Month after month, incorrect information on credit reports is among the top consumer complaints to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Are you among the thousands of Wisconsin residents who didn’t get around to checking their credit report last year? Turn that around by signing up for UW-Extension’s free “Check Your Credit Report Campaign” […]

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Chip credit cards bring questions from consumers, holiday shoppers

Are you one of the nearly 120 million American consumers using a computer-chip debit or credit card this holiday season? If you haven’t received your card yet, odds are you will soon. Smart Card Alliance estimates that nearly 600 million people will have the cards by the end of 2015. Chip cards—also known as smart […]

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Check your free credit report for errors

UW-Extension campaign highlights simple way to check your free credit reports Complaints about credit reports are up 45 percent nationally in the past year, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). In Wisconsin, credit reporting complaints have more than doubled in the past three months. What’s behind all of these complaints? The most common […]

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Money Smart Week Events attract over One Thousand Participants

Are you Money Smart? Fact is, we all could use a little help when it comes to managing our finances. Money doesn’t come with instructions, and that’s why banks, businesses, schools, libraries and lots of others are joining together to help support financial education during Money Smart Week.  Fond du Lac County Money Smart Week’s […]

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