November 18, 2007 |
If you're renting a car over the holidays, chances are a clerk at the counter will try to sell you some pricey insurance options. Should you fork out the extra cash? Probably not, experts say. That's because there's a very good chance the auto insurance policy you already have would kick in if you had an accident while driving a rental. And sometimes the credit card you use to rent the car offers coverage too.
December 24, 2013
Re "U.S. a laggard in adopting more secure credit card technology," Business, Dec. 21 How did Americans wind up being the international low-hanging fruit for credit card information thieves? The Times ably explains this situation in this article. However, in the aftermath of Target's massive data breach, I'm left wondering how a country that is such a leader in technological research can fall down so badly in implementing off-the-shelf preventive measures. John Pierson Pasadena ALSO: Letters: A Snowden pardon?
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January 2, 1998
Credit cards: Weapons of mass consumption. MARK A. BROWN Tustin
August 26, 2012 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Online auction escrows - Winners of online auctions have been scammed by people who propose using an escrow service to handle sales from auction websites, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Perpetrators in this scheme assemble phony escrow sites that appear legitimate. The victims then send money to the escrow site, but the merchandise never arrives, according to the agency, which is a partnership of the FBI and National White Collar Crime Center.
February 3, 2012 |
When Girl Scout cookie season starts up in your neighborhood, those earnest young saleswomen bearing boxes of sweets may be armed with a new secret weapon: a mobile credit-card reader attached to their smartphones. That's right people. The Girl Scouts have firmly entered the digital age, and our waistlines may never recover. Think of the implications: Before, if you saw a tempting table laden with Samoas and Thin Mints outside the grocery store, being low on cash could prevent you from buying a box or two, or five, or 10. Not anymore.
November 13, 2011 |
Affinity credit cards — that is, a card tied to a certain organization — are a big moneymaker for the airlines, and even if you don't really need another credit card, you'll see some enticing sign-up offers designed to lure new customers. When choosing a card, look at the bonuses being offered, consider how often you fly on the airline and consider the other businesses or carriers with which the airline is affiliated. Note that many cards waive the annual fee for the first year, and spending with an affinity card is an easy way to keep your miles active.