How To Identify Potential Student Loan Scams

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Helping people understand student loans is our job at SALT™, and few are better at it than Betsy Mayotte—the director of regulatory compliance for American Student Assistance® (our parent company). We told borrowers to “Just Ask” her questions, so check out her answers below (as well as her cat—because if Piglet can’t make student loans better, what can?).…

“Dumb Starbucks” And Smart Laws That Help With Financial Fraud [VIDEO]

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Earlier this week, you probably heard about the fleeing glory that was “Dumb Starbucks.” Sadly, this store was not a commentary on the latte factor; rather, it was the work of Nathan Fielder—comedian, Canadian-business-school graduate, and SALT™ Blog favorite

Fielder claims parody law protected his use of the Starbucks name and logo. We’ll let the lawyers debate that, although a different law ultimately shut him down. Still, his experiment shows the steaming cup of power someone can serve just by knowing the law. And unlike this store’s mysterious origins, you likely see exactly where this is going.…

Protecting Your Money Is Kind Of Like A Carnival

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A few weeks ago, while using an ATM at a state fair, I realized that my bank account was lower than it should be. After checking my account history, I found out that someone had been purchasing songs and vitamin supplements with my debit card.

Just like the Tilt-A-Whirl and Zipper rides by me, the idea of someone stealing my money left me scared and disoriented. Fortunately, I quickly rectified the problem—while also realizing that protecting money is a lot like a carnival. (Despite my highest hopes, kettle corn and angry clowns hovering over dunk tanks are not involved.)…

Behind The Trap Door: The Scam Artists Of The Job Search

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I base my work here at the SALT™ Blog on my personal experiences, in hopes that they help you. Logically, it would be hypocritical and foolish of me to ignore the information I give in my own posts.

For example, I recently talked about the lingo of job hunting and took a specific peek at tricky job descriptions that sound far more appealing than they truly are.

So, it would be silly if, within 1 week of writing that, I applied for one such job and got as far as scheduling an interview for it. And, of course, the worst part would be getting very excited and hopeful about this interview, only to have it all come crashing down.

Well, this all happened.…