Believing that fraud can’t happen to us — because we’re too smart, logical or informed — may make us more vulnerable. Successful scam artists skillfully overcome our defenses and get us into emotional states that override logical thinking, says Kathy Stokes, AARP’s director of fraud prevention programs. “Scammers call it getting the victim under the … Continued

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In this series, NerdWallet interviews people who have triumphed over debt. Responses have been edited for length and clarity.  Steven Donovan and his dog, Angel. Steven Donovan, Even Steven Money  Who: Steven Donovan How much: $118,000 in 5 years Steven Donovan didn’t get an education in personal finance growing up. The topic wasn’t covered at his high … Continued

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Kids pushing their parents for the coolest in back-to-school gear is a late-summer tradition, and today, youngsters have some backup: social media influencers. Peer and social media influences on children are not news unto themselves, but it turns out these factors are affecting how parents spend their back-to-school dollars, according to a new NerdWallet survey … Continued

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