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New, Hidden Credit Card Skimmers Steal Your Card Number at Retailers

cash register skimmer We have all heard of skimmers that crooks put over the card reader slot on ATM machines to capture your ATM card account number. Now, an off-the-shelf plug capable of recording credit and debit card numbers has been found attached to the back of some cash registers at a Florida Nordstrom store. What is so scary about this is that you, the customer, have no way of knowing or detecting that the cash register's wiring has been compromised. The worst scams are the ones when you don't even know you've been taken.

Are You Asset Rich, But Income Poor? New Rules Ease Mortgage Approval

house Are you faced with difficulty refinancing your mortgage or buying a new house because you are asset rich but income poor? Little-known rules now let you count some of your nestegg for retirement to qualify for mortgage loans.

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10 Cheapest US Cities to Live in

house If you are looking for an affordable place to live, Kiplinger has compiled its list of the 10 cheapest US cities. In creating the list, they factored in the costs of housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, health care and more.


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Mouse Print* -- Target Finds Sneaky Way to Make Robocalls

mouse print As noted in Consumer Quickies this week, new rules make it tougher for any company to make automated telemarketing calls to you without your explicit written permission. We show you the sneaky way Target has found to get customers to agree to these annoying calls. That story is this week in Mouse Print*.

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$25 Off a $75 Purchase at Staples with AMEX

American Express cardholders: Look at your online account under "Offers for You" and see if you have a $25 off promotion for Staples and Staples.com when you spend at least $75 charged to that AMEX card. Save the offer to activate it. The fine print says you can even buy gift cards under the promotion, but not e-giftcards. Charges must appear on your AMEX statement by December 10th to qualify for the $25 statement credit.

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New iPhones vs. Droids

Consumer Reports evaluates the new iPhone 5S and 5C versus several Droids... and while it likes some things, it downrates the new iPhones on screen size and battery life.


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