Money Mule Scams

Money Mules are typically the unwitting victims of fraudsters who are tricked into receiving and forwarding money as part of a money laundering scam or other fraud. Do not let yourself become a money mule. Here’s what you need to …

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Social Security Survivors Benefits

Social Security survivors benefits are paid to widows, widowers, and dependents of eligible workers. This benefit is particularly important for young families with children. The Social Security Administration (SSA) Survivors Benefits page provides detailed information about survivors benefits and can …

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Leaving a Job or Working Part-Time

View this factsheet as a pdf. It is important to understand and plan for the financial and retirement costs of changes to your employment. If you are thinking about leaving your job or reducing your hours to part-time, find out …

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I-Bonds Paying Interest Rate of 9.62%

Savings Bonds are often considered a safe and trustworthy investment because the U.S. government backs them. There are different types of savings bonds, the most recent and one of the most popular types being the I Bond.  A key feature …

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Gift Card Payment Scams

A popular and convenient gift for any occasion is a gift card.  Unfortunately, gift cards are also popular and convenient among scammers.  So what is a gift card scam?  Typically, a scammer tells you that you owe money for an …

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Three Retirement Planning Tips For Women

March 19, 2021 By Cindy Hounsell, President, Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (originally posted on Social Security Matters’ blog) One day in 1939, Ida May Fuller stopped by the local Social Security office in her hometown of Rutland, Vermont, …

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Emergency Savings Account – A WISE Investment

Life is full unexpected emergencies and expenses. No matter your age or income, everyone needs an emergency savings fund.  According to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, having emergency savings to cover unexpected major financial setbacks could help workers avoid …

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