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  Credit Card Basics   Chapter 1: Matching the card to your lifestyle
The smart consumer selects the card that matches his or her spending and payment habits.
 
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Beware the scams

 

People with shaky credit can fall prey to shady credit card deals.

Some are downright dishonest, some are offering products that really don't stand up when you put a spotlight on them.

And if you do sign up, be sure the company offering the deal is the right one (i.e., do they come directly from the card issuer?). If not, contact the card company to be sure the cards are authorized.

Scams
The Scam How It Works
"Debt suspension" offers
Pay fees in advance
Buy credit protection you don't need
-- Updated: May 1, 2006
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