Equifax Breach: 7 Defensive Measures to Protect Yourself

Wondering what to do about the Equifax breach, which affected 143 million American consumers? Here are seven defensive measures that improve your identity-theft radar, make yourself a smaller target, and create a credit-repair plan now in case cyber thieves violate your credit later.

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How to Spot Bad People

J.K. Galbraith once said, “The honest man becomes committed to the crook before he knows there is anything wrong.” This post describe three behaviors of financial predators and includes my favorite technique for spotting bad guys.

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Quick Tips for Organizing Money

True confessions: I find the process of getting organized about as enjoyable as listening to fingernails against a chalkboard. But financial chaos is an invitation for trouble, which is why I’m looking for painless ways to create order. This one traces back to my summer job between years at Harvard Business School…

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Audio Recording of Elder Fraud

Wonder how elder fraud starts? Yesterday and again today, the “IRS” left a dire message on our home phone, threatening to arrest us. The caller warned : “Now, if you don’t return the call, then the only thing that I can do is…wish you good luck.”

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A Scam Story for Thanksgiving

Two days ago I was driving up Amsterdam Avenue in NYC, en route to pick up my daughter at Columbia University before returning to Rhode Island for Thanksgiving, talking hands free on my cell. That’s when my world unraveled. I’m working on a non-fiction book with tips...

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What’s Not to Love About Cheeky Kids?

The first time I read The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry I was smitten by fictional kids who stand up to adults. Back then, I liked Johnny because he had red hair and lived in the deep South. Me too. Today, the "Johnnies" are much tougher. There's less of the...

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Top Producer Goes to Russia

This scary-looking package arrived from Russia this week. At first, I I had no idea what it was... It took me about five minutes to cut through all the wrapping with a sharp pair of scissors. But then to my surprise, I discovered the package contained my copies of the...

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Norb Vonnegut

Norb Vonnegut

The New York Times describes my novels as “money porn,” “a red-hot franchise,” and “glittery thrillers about fiscal malfeasance.” Through fiction I explore the dark side of money and the motivations of those who have it, want more, and will steamroll anybody who gets in their way.

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