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Become Scam Proof: Tips From Our CU Senior Safeguard Panel

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jun 7, 2019 2:54:00 PM

Scams targeting older adults are on the rise. It's a nearly $40 billion industry, and as thieves conjure up new schemes and technology grows at light-speed, the number of scams is likely to increase exponentially. In the face of such growth, how can you protect yourself or older family members from becoming victims to crooks?

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Topics: scams, security, Retirement

How to Spot an Apple Scam Email

Posted by Diana Burrell on May 24, 2019 1:11:00 PM

You're checking your email and notice that Apple has sent you a receipt for almost $1,000 worth of iTune purchases and downloads. Except there's a problem: you haven't downloaded anything from Apple. In fact, you don't even have an Apple ID that would allow you to download from iTunes. Surely it's just a mistake so you call the number on the receipt, and the Apple support person tells you the only way he'll be able to issue you a credit is if you go out and buy ten $100 iTunes cards at your local grocery store and call them later with the card's code numbers...

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Topics: scams

All About Hanscom FCU's New Password Requirements

Posted by Diana Burrell on May 16, 2019 5:32:51 PM

Members who create a new password for use with Online Access HD to check account balances or pay bills will soon notice a change. On Wednesday, May 29, Hanscom FCU is changing the requirements for creating a password. This is part of our continuing effort to strengthen online security for our members.  

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7 Steps to Take When ID Theft Happens With Your Social Security Number

Posted by Diana Burrell on Apr 5, 2019 7:16:00 AM

Like millions of Americans, I regularly field calls from scammers who threaten me with jail time because I haven't paid my taxes or who tell me the police are coming to my workplace to serve me with papers for a bogus debt. However, earlier this week I got a call from a fraudster who scared me when she said the last four digits of my Social Security number.

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Topics: Credit Score, scams, security

How Changing Your Name Affects Your Tax Filing

Posted by Diana Burrell on Mar 6, 2019 10:39:41 AM

It's tax time again, but there's something very different this year: someone's name has changed in your family. It could be because of a marriage, divorce, or your child's adoption. With a name change, it's important to take the following steps to ensure your tax return is accepted and processed without issue by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

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Topics: Divorce, Taxes, children

Download Your Hanscom FCU Transactions in 7 Easy Steps

Posted by Diana Burrell on Feb 7, 2019 4:11:22 PM

April 15th is fast approaching, and like millions of Americans, you may be using a software program like TurboTax or H&R Block to prepare your tax return. You may also be using accounting software like Quicken for Home and Business or QuickBooks to keep your accounts in order and still entering your checking and savings transactions manually throughout the year. Here's a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to download your Hanscom Federal Credit Union transactions, which you can then export quickly and easily into your software programs. All you need is a computer with Internet access and your Online Access HD credentials. Ready?

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Topics: Online Banking, Taxes, Checking

What You Need to Know Before You Pay Your Credit Card Early

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 15, 2019 9:14:35 AM

You thought you were being responsible by making the minimum payment on your credit card a month early, so you're surprised — and peeved, let's be frank — when a late fee appears on the following month's statement.

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Topics: Online Banking, Credit Card, budget

7 Steps to Building Your Post-Divorce Budget

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 10, 2019 1:52:00 PM

 

You could be in the position to splurge on a sexy, sporty sedan to celebrate your divorce. On the flip side, the loss of your spouse’s income contribution to the household could be greater than your drop in expenses.

Either way, a post-divorce budget will let you know where you stand with your finances, help you avoid getting whacked with surprise expenditures, and keep you on a steady course of financial stability.

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Topics: Money Management, Divorce, budget

A 9-step Plan for Dealing With Unexpected Job Loss

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 3, 2019 6:17:00 AM

Job loss ranks as one of the top stressful events we encounter during our lives, right up there with a death in the family, a serious illness, and divorce. It not only can crush you emotionally and wreak havoc with your self-esteem, it can devastate you financially, especially when you're unprepared...and let's face it, most of us are caught short when we're handed a pink slip. The financial impact of job loss is probably the toughest challenge to face during this time, so it's critical to develop a plan that reduces as much financial stress as possible. Here are nine steps to take when you're facing unexpected unemployment:

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Topics: Debt, budget, Work

Credit Know-how: The Difference Between a Soft and a Hard Inquiry

Posted by Diana Burrell on Jan 2, 2019 2:30:00 PM

If you've been working to boost your credit score or researching auto loans, you've probably come across the phrases "hard inquiry" and "soft inquiry" in relation to your credit report. What makes one inquiry "hard" and the other "soft," and why is knowing the difference important for your financial health?

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Topics: Credit Score, Credit Card

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