en-us Foolproof InformationEdge - FoolProof http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/ A youth website to engage young people in consumer issues. Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:33:03 -0500 Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:33:03 -0500 Copyright 2002-2019 FoolProof Financial Education Inc. niels@foolproofhq.com http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/ Foolproof InformationEdge - FoolProof /common/cu_files/1.jpg 60 60 Foolproof InformationEdge - FoolProof Haven't Filed Your Taxes Yet? http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/news/tax03_19/ <p>The IRS has announced their "Dirty Dozen" tax scams for 2019. These scams can occur anytime during the year but tend to peak during tax season. Here are a few of the scams to be aware of.</p> News Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:56:34 -0500 How to Get Ripped Off when You Shop! http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/gen_y/target/ <p>If you are interested in scams, then you'll love the little experiment that Target Stores recently pulled on customers. I say "experiment" since Target—when it was caught—denied that it meant to make this trick a recurring one with its customers.</p> Gen Y with Will Wed, 06 Mar 2019 05:05:57 -0600 Have You Given Your Data a Checkup Recently? http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/news/data02_19/ <p>When was the last time you reviewed the data on all of your devices? Many people don't think about their important data until something happens to it. Here are some tips to help you protect that data.</p> News Wed, 13 Feb 2019 20:10:38 -0600 Watch Out for These Twists on Phishing http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/report/twists03_19/ <p>If you have been online for any length of time, you have heard about phishing. Phishing uses a variety of methods to obtain your personal and financial information which can then be used to steal your money and your identity. Phishing scams typically try to get you to act quickly without thinking and they are getting harder to spot.</p> Drew's Report Sat, 02 Feb 2019 14:49:34 -0600 How Tax Reform Impacts Your Federal Income Taxes http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/news/tax01_19/ <p>The Tax Cuts and Job Acts bill that was enacted in December 2017 will probably impact your 2018 Federal income tax return. The bill made sweeping changes to the tax laws changing tax rates, deductions, exemptions, and much more. Here are some highlights.</p> News Sat, 02 Feb 2019 14:38:38 -0600 Your Smartphone. Attacked. http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/gen_y/smartphonerisk/ <p>Your smartphone&mdash;right now&mdash;is probably the focus of scammers and hackers. Fraudsters who used to focus on attacking your PC are now a lot more interested in smartphones since they are the most-used web device for a majority of people.</p> Gen Y with Will Sat, 02 Feb 2019 14:23:24 -0600 How Often Do You Review Your Insurance Coverage? http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/report/insur02_19/ <p>Insurance in its various forms helps protect us from financial loss, yet we don't think much about it until we need it. Reviewing your insurance policies can ensure you have the right coverage at the right cost. Life changes, such as marriage, divorce, a new addition to the family, buying a home, a child going off to college, a job change, or retirement, can impact your insurance needs.</p> Drew's Report Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:36:32 -0600 Begin the New Year with These Tips http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/report/newyear01_19/ <p>At the start of a new year, many people traditionally set goals or make changes. Whether you make resolutions or avoid them, follow these tips for making the most of your money and protecting your finances and privacy to start the new year off on a high note.</p> Drew's Report Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:32:39 -0600 UltraFICO Credit Score Explained http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/news/ultrafico01_19/ <p>Credit scores are used by lenders to determine if they will give you a loan (auto, mortgage, credit card). Businesses such as insurance and phone companies are also using credit scores to decide if they will issue you a policy or provide you with service. </p> News Mon, 31 Dec 2018 04:56:55 -0600 About the Marriott-owned Starwood Hotels Breach http://ie.foolproofonline.info/foolproof/news/marriot/ <p>On November 30th, Marriott International announced that the Starwood reservation system had been breached and the personal information of up to 500 million guests had been stolen.</p> News Thu, 06 Dec 2018 06:05:15 -0600