As Tax Day Approaches, Identity Theft a Growing Threat


As Tax Day Approaches, Identity Theft a Growing Threat

The recently released flick Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, may be a slapstick comedy, but for millions of Americans, identity theft isn't something to laugh about. The crime is increasingly reeking havoc not just on th…

Spitz: Upton couple gets blindsided

An Upton couple got a bad surprise when they went to refinance their home last month. No surprise there, you say? Plenty of people are hit with some glitch in paperwork or unexpected credit scores in the process. But it’s rare to learn you have a lien …

Credit score identity crisis

Last week, a FICO study found that the percentage of Americans with credit scores near perfect was at the highest level in three and a half years. That's something to cheer about, but the report also highlighted one of the mysterious factors in the…

Low mortgage rates spur many to try to improve credit scores

Home interest rates plunged to historic lows this week as more South Floridians are working to boost their credit records so lenders will trust them with a mortgage.

Mortgage rates plunge, encouraging more to improve credit scores

Home interest rates plunged to new historic lows this week, inspiring more South Floridians to work to boost their credit records so lenders will trust them with a mortgage.

Answers on credit scores and federal deposit insurance

I reached into the e-mail bag and took two questions for this week. Keep the questions coming. I love to hear from you. QHello, Chris, I've been listening to you on the radio and reading your articles for many years and enjoy what you have to say.

For 2012, Consumers’ Total Credit Scores Should Be at Least 2,012

NORWALK, Conn.—-For 2012, have all 3 Credit Scores add up to at least 2012, by averaging a score of 670 at each of the 3 major bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion

Money tip: It pays to know what goes into a credit score

Credit scores can be kind of scary. Perhaps that’s why there seem to be so many myths and misperceptions about exactly what’s in a credit score.

Credit-report firms to face more scrutiny

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau gains new powers on Thursday, including oversight of the companies that compile the credit reports from which credit scores are generated. That could be good news for consumers. (5 hours ago)

Credit scores, Facebook defriending, buyer’s remorse and more

Questions from today’s reader mailbag range from the Tea Party to jogging music to the role of regret . (5 hours ago)