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Moving Your Checking Account

Are you thinking about moving your checking account to a different banking institution? The Consumer Finanacial Protection Bureau provides a 10-step checklist for closing your current checking account and opening a new account. The Checklist will help with a smooth transition and help you avoid accidental bounced checks or other disruptions.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is an agency that helps consumer finance markets work by making rules more effective, by consistently and fairly enforcing those rules and by empowering consumers to take more control over their economic lives. The main goal of the CFPB is to prevent financial harm to consumers while promoting good practices that benefit them.


Phishing and Online Identity Theft

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt, usually made through e-mail, to obtain personal information or passwords to your valuable online accounts. Phishing scams typically involve emails that falsely claim to be from brokerage firms, banks, credit card companies, Internet auction sites, electronic payment services or some other service that you use. In other instances, the emails purport to be from government agencies. 

To appear genuine, these emails may use:

Build a Strong Credit Report

Smart About Money is one of the many programs of the National Endowment for Financial Education. NEFE is an independent, nonprofit foundation committed to educating Americans on a broad range of financial topics and empowering them to make sound decisions to reach their financial goals.

A section of the Smart About Money website lists 10 basic steps to get started and get smart about your money. One of the steps is building a strong credit report.