The Public Library Association (PLA) and American Library Association (ALA) are working with Capital One Financial Corporation to bring innovative financial well-being resources to public libraries across the U.S. Through this project, PLA and ALA will help public libraries nationwide learn about Capital One’s Ready, Set, Bank℠ program, which teaches consumers basic mobile banking skills. Ready, Set, Bank is designed specifically for older adults, and offers numerous, unbranded videos to guide learners through every step of the process, with overviews and step-by-step tutorials to help them manage their finances online — regardless of where they bank. The curriculum is also available in Spanish, through Listos, Clic, Avance℠.
News from the Reference Desk Category: Economic
Scammers are increasingly targeting real estate professionals, seeking to compromise their email in order to monitor email correspondences with clients and identify upcoming real estate transactions. You may be impacted during the closing process as scammers send spoofed emails to home buyers – posing as the real estate agent, settlement agent, legal representative or other trusted individuals – with false instructions for wiring closing funds. Get information about how you can avoid a mortgage phishing scam and what to do if it does happen.
Are you an older American interested in improving your financial literacy? Get informed with free tools and resources available at the CFPB’s Working with Older Adults webpage. You can also download guides for specific topics such as Reverse Mortgages and Managing Someone Else’s Money, as well as find informational blogs about related topics. Free publications—such as Money Smart for Older Adults and Understanding the Benefits of Social Security (in English and Spanish)—can be ordered here. The Administration for Community Living is the federal government agency that sponsors this observance. Get more information here.
In May 2018, the President signed new protections for servicemembers into law. In addition to requiring free security freezes and one-year fraud alerts at the three nationwide credit reporting agencies, this law also addresses a number of key financial issues for the military, including:
- -Holding lenders to more stringent requirements when they participate in VA’s refinance programs
- -Ensuring continued foreclosure protections for servicemembers up to one year after they leave active duty
- -Prohibiting medical debt that should have been paid by the VA to be reported as part of a veteran’s credit history
- -Providing free credit monitoring for active duty military, including the national guard
Get more information about these protections here.
Already missing your weekly pigskin fix? Well, you can hang on a bit longer AND increase your financial literacy with this new game from Visa and the NFL! They’ve teamed up to help teach financial concepts with Financial Football, a fast-paced, interactive game that engages students while teaching them money management skills. The fall 2018 release features new 3D graphics and game changing opportunities with audibles, blitzes and game breaking plays. Are you ready for the new game?