Costco Cardholders to Receive New Credit Card Numbers

Now that Visa and Citi are replacing American Express as Costco's credit card provider, existing cardholders will be receiving new credit cards sporting the Visa and Citi logos. The new cards will also come with new card numbers, as American … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 31, 2015

There are Officially More People Doing Their Weekly Banking via Mobile Phones Than Branches Mobile banking remains a technology in its infancy, but according to Javelin Strategy & Research, it has already eclipsed physical branches in terms of the percentage … Continue reading

Database Leak Exposes Info of 3.3 Million Hello Kitty Fans

The database for, the official online community for Hello Kitty, leaked the data of 3.3 million Hello Kitty fan accounts, according to online researcher Chris Vicery. Vickery contacted Salted Hash and about the leak on Saturday, one day … Continue reading

CFPB Reports 56% Increase in Credit Reporting Complaints

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently released its monthly complaint report for July 2015, which showed a significant 56% increase in credit reporting complaints between June and July of this year. The report also showed a 45% increase in credit … Continue reading

Consumers Still Confused about their Credit Scores

The vast majority of Americans (90%) recognize the importance of having access to credit. But a significant percentage (52%) of adults do not understand the most influential factors that go into a credit score, and almost 40% do not know their … Continue reading

Big Changes at the Three Major Credit Bureaus

Equifax, Experian and TransUnion track consumer credit information on almost every person in the United States. This information is put into a database and also calculated into a credit score that is used to determine what interest rate you will … Continue reading

New Changes to Credit Reports Should Benefit Consumers

On Monday, the three largest credit reporting agencies reached an agreement with the New York Attorney General to change the way consumers can dispute errors on their credit reports. As a result, disputing a mistake on your credit report could … Continue reading

Discover Expands Financial Literacy Program

In an effort to improve financial literacy in America, Discover founded the Pathway to Financial Success grant program three years ago to give schools some funds needed to teach students about money management. The company hopes to expand the reach … Continue reading

CFPB to Focus on Credit Reporting and Medical Debt Collection in 2015

For the first time this year, the Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau met last Thursday in Washington D.C. to discuss the organization's focus for 2015. The meeting centered around credit reporting and the collection of … Continue reading

Millions of Consumers Confused by Free Credit Scores

More than 50 million Americans now have access to free credit scores, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But many of these consumers have no clue how to interpret them or what to do with the scores once they see … Continue reading

CFPB Keeps Data on Nearly 600 Million Credit Card Accounts

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is collecting sensitive financial data on close to 600 million credit card accounts but lacks adequate privacy and security plans to protect the information, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. “The … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–August 15, 2014

Debt Collectors, What are Their Legal Limits? Collectors call again and again in the middle of dinner. They call the wrong person. They threaten. They take advantage of the latest technology to embarrass people. Often, they violate the law. Debt … Continue reading

LowCards Exclusive Study: Identity Theft Concerns Shifting Shopping Habits of Americans

Identity theft has become a major concern for the American consumer and is now having a significant impact on their shopping habits. These are the findings of an exclusive survey conducted on over 400 random individuals by   Nearly 46% of … Continue reading

Ten Ways To Prevent Identity Theft In 2014

There are always going to be people who try to steal your identity or credit cards. The key to protecting your critical financial and personal information is to be proactive in keeping them safe. While there are ways to limit … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–April 25, 2014

Michaels Confirms Data Breach Affecting 2.6 Million Credit Cards Three months after craft retailer Michaels announced it may have been the victim of a data breach, the company confirms the worst: nearly 2.6 million consumers' credit cards are affected. In … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–April 18, 2014

States Probing Massive Data Breach of Social Security Numbers In what could be one of the biggest data breaches in history, the federal government and authorities in several states are investigating the criminal sale of Social Security numbers, bank account … Continue reading

One-Third of Americans Have Never Checked Their Credit Score

A new study from TransUnion reveals that a staggering 32.7% of Americans have never checked their credit scores or credit reports. An additional 24.6% of those surveyed said they had not checked their credit score or credit report within the … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 4, 2013

CFPB Targets Banks' Campus Deals The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is concerned that deals between banks and colleges steer students toward checking accounts and debit cards that come with high fees or other costs. Schools and the banks say any fees and other … Continue reading

CFPB Warns Companies to Investigate Credit Report Errors

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is cracking down on companies that supply information to consumer reporting companies. This should make it easier for consumers to get reporting errors resolved. The CFPB issued a notice today that says these companies--called "furnishers"--are responsible for investigating … Continue reading

What Is the Best Credit Card for Me?

A couple decades ago, there were only a few credit cards offered in the United States. Now, there are over 1,000 on the market. Issuers like Citi, Chase, Discover, Capital One, Barclay, Bank of America and American Express have saturated … Continue reading

The CFPB’s Accomplishments in its First Two Years

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is celebrating its two-year anniversary with much calmer waters ahead. The CFPB has been the center of political firestorms ever since it was originally formed. Republicans first opposed Elizabeth Warren as the head of the … Continue reading

What Credit Cards Do I Qualify For?

Looking for a credit card but don't know where to start? Perhaps you should focus on your credit score. This score is going to put you into a bracket of applicants, and it will determine which cards are accessible for … Continue reading

How Do Credit Cards Help Build Credit?

Most people associate credit cards with debt, forgetting that they have the word "credit" in their name. Believe it or not, you can build credit by using credit cards if you use them properly. The reason most cardholders fall into … Continue reading

What Is a Credit Freeze?

A credit freeze is a hold put on a person's credit that prevents banks from pulling their credit reports. This is viewed as the ultimate form of credit protection, and it ensures that no one will see your credit for … Continue reading

Women Better at Handling Credit

Women may earn less than men but they are better managers of credit. According to a new report from Experian, women earn 23 percent less than men, but men have 4.3 percent more debt than women. Women also have a slightly … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–May 17, 2013

The Long Shadow of Bad Credit in Job Search Over the last several decades, credit reporting bureaus have been selling their services to a much wider range of buyers than just banks.  Nearly half of employers use credit checks when … Continue reading

How to Improve Your Credit Score Fast

Many people experienced a decline in their credit scores after the economy crashed in 2008. The loss of a job or skyrocketing expenses can easily send your credit score from the 700s into the 600s. Credit scores can go down … Continue reading

Hackers Steal Personal Data of Celebrities, Politicians

Credit reporting agencies TransUnion and Equifax have confirmed that hackers have gained unauthorized access to users' personal information, including some of the leading political and entertainment figures in America. The hackers obtained the Social Security numbers, credit scores and birthdates … Continue reading

Who Has Access to Your Credit Report?

Since credit reports contain sensitive personal information, access to them is limited. The three main credit report bureaus--TransUnion, Equifax and Experian--can only provide your credit reports to people you seek to do business with. But the number of different people … Continue reading

Time for a Personal Finance Checkup?

Did you make a New Year's Resolution to get your financial house in order in 2013? A good place to start is by doing a personal checkup of your credit. And there are free options out there. Don't fall for … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–February 8, 2013

California Supreme Court Makes it Easier for Apple, Online Businesses to Collect Personal Data A divided California Supreme Court ruled that online merchants such as Apple and Ticketmaster can require consumers to furnish personal information to make credit card purchases. … Continue reading

Credit Cards Compete by Forgiving Late Fees

Credit card companies are fighting hard for the best customers and now they are competing in a somewhat unusual way: not charging late fees. A handful of cards are differentiating themselves from other issuers by foregoing the collection of a … Continue reading

Climbing Out of Debt in 2013

Credit card bills will soon arrive and show how much households spent during the holidays. Chances are good that many consumers added a few hundred dollars of debt to their credit card accounts which already averaged nearly $5,000 per cardholder. … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update December 21

Consumer Group Warns of Card Surcharges Credit cardholders must be on the watch for new check-out fees that merchants will be able to impose starting in January under a class-action settlement with Visa and MasterCard. But merchant trade groups say … Continue reading

Senate Committee Investigates Credit Report Practices

Today, the Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing to investigate the accuracy and regulation of credit reports. The hearing is called "Making Sense of Consumer Credit Reports" and credit analysts from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and consumer data … Continue reading

Five Tips For Managing Credit Card Debt In 2013

A new year is just around the corner. Undoubtedly, millions of people will be making resolutions to lower their credit card debt in 2013. Here are five tips to help lower and manage your credit card debt in the New Year: Know Your … Continue reading

Credit Card Data Makes Up Majority of Your Credit Report

A study released today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shows that credit reports are dominated by a consumer's credit card history. The report also showed that debt collection items generate the highest rate of disputes. The CFPB analyzed 2011 information … Continue reading

Credit Reporting Agencies Uncover Your Very Personal Information

Credit reporting agencies know much more about you than your number of credit cards or how much you owe on your mortgage. You may be surprised at the personal information collected by credit agencies and how many agencies are tracking … Continue reading

Five Credit Card Tips For Teenagers

As our children grow, they are exposed to many different learning experiences. However, many children are never taught anything about financial literacy or the use of a credit card. Teachers rarely talk about credit cards or credit card debt, so it is critical for parents … Continue reading

CFPB Finds Differences in Credit Scores

The credit score you purchase from a credit reporting agency may be very different from the score your lender sees. Lender's scoring models place  nearly one in five consumers in different credit categories, according to a new report by the Consumer … Continue reading

Consumers Benefit by CFPB Monitoring Credit Bureaus

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may soon make another move that could help consumers: bringing transparency and public accountability to credit reporting agencies. Beginning September 30th, the CFPB will monitor over 30 of the country's biggest credit bureaus and investigate … Continue reading