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4 Modern Conveniences That Can Put Your Money at Risk

During National Consumer Protection Week, government agencies and nonprofits are offering tips to protect our money and our identities. And we're especially vulnerable in our everyday transactions -- whether it's tapping the ATM or logging into the Internet from our favorite coffee shop.

Your Tax Refund: What to Expect

The big question on the mind of everyone who expects to get money back from the IRS is when they'll receive their tax refund. But it's not just when you file your return that control that answer: The steps you take beforehand can make a big difference.

Year-End Paperwork Purge: What to Keep, What to Shred

Even the most digitally savvy consumer can amass reams of paperwork by year's end, from ATM and gift receipts to credit card statements and tax forms. Here's the skinny on what to keep and what to toss in the year-end paperwork purge.

8 Things to Never Keep in Your Wallet

That overstuffed wallet of yours is more than just a chore to lug around. If it's lost or stolen, all those extra cards, receipts and bank slips in it will make it much easier for a fraudster to hijack your identity. Here's what to purge:

8 Signs Your Identity Has Been Compromised

While frequent data breaches may have desensitized some consumers to identity theft, it%u2019s still important to pay attention to early warning signs your info is being used illegally.

Dead or Alive: Thousands Mistakenly Declared Deceased

Each year, some 14,000 people are wrongly declared dead by the Social Security Administration, CNNMoney reports. Data-entry errors can lead to major financial turmoil for victims of these mistakes, who they can lose their benefits and credit.

Identity Fraud More Prevalent Than You'd Imagine

At least 16% of Americans have engaged in some kind of identity fraud -- lying about their Social Security number, name or birthday -- on applications for goods and services, a new study reveals. That's 45 million people trying to game the system, and every time one succeeds, he or she may be making trouble for you.

The Truth About ID Theft Protection Services

With identity theft on the rise, consumers are actively seeking ways to protect themselves. A crop of companies has sprung up offering identity theft protection services. But how well do they really work?