Top 5 Facebook Scams

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Facebook now has over a Billion users, that’s a mind-boggling number of people who check their page regularly. The bad guys are irresistibly attracted to a population that large, and here are the Top 5 Scams they are trying to pull off every day of the year. Who Viewed Your Facebook Profile: This scam lures you with messages from friends or sometimes malicious ads on your wall to check who has looked at your profile. But when you click, your profile will be…
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Sticking to Financial Resolutions

Life Goals Money Management Spending/Saving

Ohioans, like most Americans, entered 2019 hoping to better their finances, but many have likely already fallen off track. In an Ohio Credit Union League 2019 consumer survey, 69 percent said their New Year’s resolution was to get on a budget. That statistic isn’t surprising; many Americans looked critically at their financial situations as they headed into 2019. Statista, a platform providing statistical data on a variety of topics, polled 2,000 people about their New Year’s resolutions in early January….
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Why it’s never too early to start saving for a down payment

Life Goals Money Management Spending/Saving

The best advice my mom ever gave me was, “Pay yourself first.” Pay yourself first What does that mean? Every payday, put some funds straight into savings – before you throw that cash at other expenses or purchases. Now, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your bills. Obviously, you need to pay your rent and make your car payment and all the rest. But if you set yourself an aggressive monthly saving goal, paying yourself first can help you avoid…
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Why checking your credit score can pay off

Credit Score Fraud

For many, credit scores come with judgment, risk, and security, which is why many Ohioans are paying attention to them. In an Ohio Credit Union League 2018 consumer survey, 73 percent of respondents reported checking their credit scores within the past six months. That’s compared to 18 percent who had checked within the last year, and 8 percent who’d last sought their scores more than a year ago. The average American isn’t quite as conscientious. According to a survey from…
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4 Holiday Budget Tips

Money Management Spending/Saving

The holidays are a magical time of year, but they can also be the most stressful. Family, food, shopping, crowds, and chaos abounds. Here are five tips to help manage the holiday stress by not breaking the bank. Limit Spending: Determine the number of gifts you are planning to buy, along with the total dollar you amount you plan to spend. This would include gifts for family, neighbors, co-workers, pets, friends, etc. Put a set dollar limit for each item….
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6 ways to prepare for retirement

Life Goals Money Management Spending/Saving

Planning for retirement can be daunting, leaving even the most-prepared individuals feeling anxious. In an Ohio Credit Union League 2018 consumer survey, 92 percent of respondents said they had at least one major financial concern about retirement. A majority of the survey’s respondents, about 74.6 percent, don’t plan to retire from full-time employment in the next five years, if ever. Ohioans’ financial fears surrounding retirement vary. Most, 27.5 percent, fear they won’t have time to save what they need. Another…
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Life Hacks for Saving

Life Goals Money Management Spending/Saving

Saving money, especially when you’re young, can be challenging. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t manage your money like a BOSS! With today’s technology, literally at your fingertips, there is no reason why savings and spending should go unmanaged. Right now, Millennials are stepping into or are a few years into the beginning of their careers. Managing bills, a new job, new expenses, and oh, yeah, that college loan can be daunting, but not unruly. Track Your Spending Mobile…
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Credit Union Myths Debunked [VIDEO]

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Credit Union Myths Debunked Since the financial crisis of 2008, millions of Americans have switched from banks to credit unions. Now more than 116 million people in the U.S. use credit unions. Why? Because credit unions are a better deal. They offer better rates, fewer fees, and their superior service and people-first values empower you to get after your biggest dreams in life more quickly. But there are some persistent myths about credit unions—allow us to clear up some of…
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Online Security Tips – Beware of Friend Requests on Social Media

Fraud

The bad guys aren’t limiting their scams to just your email account – they’re attacking you via social media, too! They create a fake profile and request to be your friend, or send you a message. They come off as wanting to be friends (in some cases, maybe even more), but what they really want is your money or your friend list. With access to your friend list, the bad guys will have even more people to target. Don’t let…
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Online Security Tips – Company Size Doesn’t Matter

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Think hackers are only trying to target large corporations for their cyberattacks? Think again! If you are an employee of a small to medium size business, you may have an even bigger bullseye placed on you by hackers. Smaller businesses have recently become a bigger target for cyber attacks because the hackers know that they likely have fewer defense resources in place. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, one in five small businesses falls victim to cybercrime each year….
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