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Renting Your Home on Airbnb: How to Reduce the Risk

Shutterstock By Adam Levin As the warm afterglow of your holiday spending spree morphs into the harsh reality of bloated credit card balances, daunting minimum payments, and depressed credit scores, and the pressure of Valentine's Day and April 15 creates a burning sensation in the pit of your stomach, you may well find... Continue Reading »

Escapee Adam Justin Lysiak Arrested for Hoarding 1,000 Pounds of Stolen Mail in Home

We know all about cat hoarders and doll hoarders, but stolen mail hoarders? Adam Justin Lysiak, of Port Townsend, Wa., was arrested on theft charges for allegedly hoarding other people's mail in his home. Not just a few letters here and there, either: Lysiak had hoarded over 1,000 pounds of stolen mail in his... Continue Reading »

Teenager Owes $600,000 in Mortgage Loans After ID Theft

Seventeen-year-old Scottsdale, Ariz., resident Caitlin "Caitie" Hemmerle is up to her eyeballs in debt, including owing $600,000 in mortgage loans and another $100,000 in car loans and credit cards. How did this happen? Easy. Caitie is a victim of child identity theft, a practice that is growing for one simple reason:... Continue Reading »

Mortgage Fraud Jumps 17 Percent

After a two year lull in response to the subprime mortgage crisis, lending fraud is back with a vengeance. A new report by research firm CoreLogic shows that mortgage fraud rose 17 percent last year. In comparison, fraud dropped a total of 57 percent in the two years following its peak in 2006. While the increase may seem... Continue Reading »

Identity Theft More Likely When Moving to a New Home

If you're planning to buy a house, rent a different apartment or relocate your family anytime soon, chances are you didn't think that moving could make you the victim of identity theft. But during a move, homeowners and renters alike are particularly susceptible to identity theft -- a crime which is especially prevalent... Continue Reading »

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