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03/05/2013
by barenose
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6 Insidious Ways You’re Getting Ripped Off, and How to Fight Back

In the wake of the financial crisis, there was a momentof hope that predatory businesses would no longer be able to pick at our bones like vultures. Instead, we’ve seen Dodd-Frank weakened and stalled, and the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau stymied at every turn. In the latest round, Republicans are thwarting the confirmation of Richard Cordray to lead the Bureau. Meanwhile, we continue to get fleeced. Here are a few egregious scams to watch out for, along with ways to protect yourself. Continue reading

06/12/2012
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6 biggest Facebook scams, and how to avoid them

If, for some reason, you fall for one if these scams, make sure to remove any references to it from your profile and delete any bad app that has attached itself to your Facebook account. Do that by going to the small arrow on the top right of your screen, then Account Settings > Apps. Also, check whether you may have unknowingly “Liked” bogus sites or pages by going to your Timeline and clicking your “Likes” icon at the top of the page. Any Likes you don’t recognize? Unlike them. Continue reading

05/12/2012
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Study: Elderly Brains Have Trouble Recognizing Untrustworthy Faces

IMPLICATIONS: Older adults have in general been shown to be less sensitive to negative cues, write the authors. This “positivity bias,” which leads them to report higher levels of happiness and satisfaction with life, can be considered a good thing — until people try to take advantage of that. Continue reading

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