You may not even remember making the small decisions that, taken together and done over and over, can put a big dent in your credit scores.
The FTC says a business that claimed to expedite loans actually used information provided online to raid thousands of victims' bank accounts, to the tune of $5 million.
Would-be borrowers with thin credit histories can sometimes get a boost from nontraditional creditors -- like cellphone carriers, utilities and, yes, video streaming services.
Forgetting to add a spouse as a beneficiary or not disclosing your bad credit, among other missteps, can create financial and marital tension.
New York state sues one lender over its usurious rates, but consumers keep getting taken in by predatory loan companies. There are better options, even if you have bad credit.
If you owe the IRS money, ads claiming that you can get the debt forgiven can be tempting. But be careful: Many make it seem as if you're dealing with the government when you're not.
A new study rates the best and worst states in 5 important credit-based categories. Some Southerners and Midwesterners aren't doing so hot.
You're probably already familiar with the advantages of solid credit; if there's a downside, it's that someday someone you love may ask you to put that good credit on the line.
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