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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Would you rather eat that ATM receipt than risk seeing your balance? You’re not alone. Keeping tabs on money can be stressful and confusing. Even if you know you should keep track of your finances, it can feel easier to just ignore balances, credit card statements and bills. But what’s easy now may become hard … Continued

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