Tax Return Identity Theft

Recently I was talking to an accountant friend of mine and he was telling me about one of his clients who had fallen victim to a serious scam. It all started when this person received a notice from the IRS telling him that he was due a refund from his… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft on Campus

20% of identity thefts are friendly fraud. Fraud done by people you know. College students are especially at risk because of the social nature of living in dorms. It’s not uncommon for students to let someone else borrow a laptop - and they rarely, if ever, create a second user… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft: Falling Through The Cracks In A Foreign Land

Imagine falling through the cracks. It’s a scary feeling to find yourself in, especially if you are in a foreign country. But that’s exactly what happened to my friend Jane -- not her real name. She was abroad during a recent vacation when the ramifications of identity theft reared their… Continue Reading..

Going Paperless

As a professional financial organizer and daily money manager, I know what happens when people take on too much change at once. Meltdowns happen. That is why I am taking baby steps on my journey to conquer the highly-organized-yet-devastatingly-large mountain of files in my office. Though it is sure to… Continue Reading..

Communicating With Elderly Parents is Not an Easy Task

Our parents have survived a lot, in addition to raising us. As they enter their golden years, many of us are being confronted with an uncomfortable role-reversal as mom and dad become the ones who need care. Just as kids are eager to prove their independence from their parents, parents… Continue Reading..

Teaching Kids to be Charitable

The value of a dollar is something that is becoming harder and harder to convey to young people. With all the great advances in payment technology many teenagers would not even be able to tell you how much money they spent in a given day because they are using cards… Continue Reading..