According to the FDIC, criminals are attaching their own devices to credit card readers at gas pumps and ATMs so they can gather account information when consumers swipe their cards. Be on the look out for suspicious looking card devices, such as a plastic sleeve inside a card slot. For more theft protection tips go to http://1.usa.gov/14gTZCw
It is no secret that the financial crisis has made accessing credit harder for more and more Americans. A 2011 study by the FDIC showed that more than a quarter of Americans are not getting the banking services they need to support themselves or their families. These Americans are turning to alternative sources of lending – businesses outside of traditional banking services that provide safe short-term loans.