Protecting Your Money From 2013's Most Common Consumer Complaints

September 2014

Would it surprise you to know that the top consumer complaints of 2013 included problems with new and used auto sales, trouble with home repairs, and scams against the elderly? These selected problems from the latest national report based on data from local and state consumer protection agencies and compiled by the Consumer Federation of America and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators don’t surprise me at all. In over 30 years as a consumer advocate, I’ve observed many such complaints and have worked to provide useful information to help you avoid such problems. UFCU is also a vital advocate for your financial well-being and provides resources to help you in the three challenges I’ve highlighted—buying a new or used vehicle, carrying out successful home repairs or remodeling, and protecting yourself or older family members from targeted scams.

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Do You Have a "my Social Security" Account Yet?

Whether you are paying Social Security taxes or receiving Social Security benefits, you should have a "my Social Security" account. Why should you have an account? Since your annual Social Security Statement is no longer sent by mail, a "my Social Security" account is the only way you can get it. A Social Security Statement shows your complete earnings history and estimates for retirement and disability benefits.

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Becoming President of McBrain

How to train your brain and get things done.

By Marjolijn deBoer, Guest Columnist


McBrain
Let's start with a little bit of fantasy: imagine that your brain is a big company. We'll call it the McBrain Company. McBrain workers come in all types and do their individual best to fulfil their different tasks. As the proud president of this tremendous company, you are responsible for everything concerning your employees, especially their well-being. It's a huge responsibility, but you do it every day!

 

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September 2014

This month we highlight podcasts about student loan consolidation scams, IRS scams, and six secrets for a successful Social Security strategy from Marketplace.

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September 2014

8 Facebook Privacy Setting You Need to Check Now
How often do you check your privacy settings? This article explains why you should check these now.

Will you be able to help your college-age child in a medical emergency?
This article describes the forms you should have so that you can help you legal-age child in a medical emergency.

Can you spot a government imposter?
Check out these tips for spotting a government imposter scam.

Virtual currencies and what you should know about them
If you are considering using Bitcoin or other virtual currency, read this first.

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