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The Census Bureau is emailing more than 20 million households to encourage participation. Top digital security experts interviewed by Checkbook agreed that this is a bad idea that creates an opportunity for cyber-criminals.
As stores across the country reopen, customers will soon be able to return some unwanted merchandise they’ve been stuck with during the coronavirus shutdown. Some retailers have already made changes to accommodate the inconvenience.
Con artists are putting a new twist on the old gift-card scam by sending out email and text messages that look as if they originated from someone at your church, synagogue, or mosque asking you to buy some gift cards to give to needy congregants or others in the community.
There’s a growing list of grocery-buying options that don’t involve you braving a mainstream grocery store or banging your head against the booked-up delivery service dilemma.
You’ve looked in your checking account and your government stimulus payment hasn’t arrived yet. Don’t panic. Here’s when you can expect to receive it.