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Learn How to Protect Your Identity
Do you worry about criminals stealing your identity or scammers cheating you out of your money? Are you feeling threatened by abusive debt collectors or predatory lenders? If so, this Certificate to Learn How to Protect Your Money, Credit & Identity Online Course can give you the help you need.
In these lessons, you’ll see how to spot the scams and rip-offs that can cost you money or ruin your credit. You’ll explore threats including identity fraud, Internet and credit card scams, and deceptive service contracts. If you’re planning to buy land or a home, you’ll learn to avoid real estate scams—and if you’re buying a car, you’ll get the inside story on car dealers’ tricks.
And that’s not all! If your mortgage is in trouble, you’ll find out how to slow down (or even stop) a foreclosure. And if you’re getting harassing calls from debt collectors, your course instructor—a former Assistant District Attorney—will bring you up to speed on the federal and state laws that can give you peace of mind. You’ll also see how to obtain your credit score and how to clean up your credit history.
By the time you finish this course, you’ll be prepared to protect your credit score, your identity, and your bank accounts. In addition, you’ll have the legal know-how you need to make mortgage holders, credit card companies, and debt collectors play by the rules.
Course Fast Facts:
- Only 6 weeks to complete this course
- Approximately only 2 to 4 hours per week of study is required
- This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
- Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
- You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
- You can download printer friendly course material or save for viewing off line
- You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course
How to study online course?
Upon enrolment an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.
Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction and interaction with your tutor, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. They have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course. And they can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection.
New sessions of each course run every month. They last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly (for a total of 12). The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions.
Recognition & Accreditation
All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.
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Real Estate Scams
In this first lesson, we'll concentrate on real estate scams. This is a particularly lucrative field for con artists, so we'll discuss all the different ways scammers can fool victims. We'll talk about foreclosure sales, tax liens, rental scams, and bogus escrow fees. By the end of this lesson, you'll be looking differently at newspaper ads that promise quick riches in real estate.
How to Stop Unfair Debt Collection Practices
In this lesson, we’ll talk about what could be a delicate situation: falling behind on your bills and being hounded by bill collectors. I’m going to explain the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, which is a federal law, and you’ll see exactly what debt collectors can and can’t do. You’ll also learn exactly what your rights are and how you can make harassing phone calls stop. I’ll share with you some ready-made statements that you can repeat over the phone. Finally, you’ll learn what to do if a debt collector crosses the line.
Internet Scams and Credit Card Theft
As long as there have been human beings, there have been thieves. In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at Internet scams, credit card theft, and how you can protect yourself against both. First, we’ll take a look at some pretty common Internet scams, and I’ll explain how you can protect your money. Then we’ll take on credit card theft and fraud, ending up with a discussion of the federal, state, and local agencies that investigate and prosecute people who commit these crimes.
How to Guard Your Credit Rating
Credit is the real currency of our economy. This means that your credit score is vitally important. In today’s lesson, we’re going to examine your credit score: how it’s calculated, how credit reports work, how you can change information on the report, and also how you can improve your overall credit. First, we’ll walk through exactly how credit agencies establish your credit history. You’ll learn about that all-important credit score number that follows you wherever you go. Then we’ll talk about the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which is a piece of federal legislation that governs how, when, and why credit scores can be tabulated. More important, you’ll learn how the FCRA specifies what you can do to remove incorrect items on your credit history.
In this lesson, we’ll examine the issues surrounding predatory lending and other questionable lending practices. Predatory lending is something that might actually cost you more money than fraud—and it’s perfectly legal. It reaches into many areas, but especially into home mortgages. We’ll also talk about another common predatory lending practice: payday loans. You’ll see how they can drain a person dry. By the conclusion of this lesson, you’ll know how to avoid predatory lenders and keep more of your hard-earned money.
Credit Cards: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
In today’s lesson, we’ll cover a familiar topic: credit cards. We’ll be dissecting everything you need to know about terms, interest rates, and fees. We’ll begin with a brief history of credit cards, and then I’ll show you all the different factors you need to consider before choosing one. Then I’ll talk about the credit card agreement and why it’s important to pay attention to it. Finally, we’ll take a look at some credit card scams you should be aware of. By the conclusion of this lesson, you should feel well-prepared to apply for a credit card that will bring you the best value and convenience possible.
Deceptive Trade Practices
As long as there have been businesses, there have been unscrupulous business practices. In this lesson, we’re going to examine specific types of deceptive practices—including bait and switch, passing off one type of goods for another, and outright fraud—and show you how to avoid them. Unscrupulous retailers, especially Internet merchants, are coming up with new ways to dupe us all the time. You’ll learn how to look for warning signs that something may not be what it’s advertised to be and use caution to help guide you. Even the most careful consumer can fall prey to deceptive business practices, though, so you'll also be gathering lots of information on what to do after the fact.
Automobile Scams and Rip-Offs
In today’s lesson, we’ll talk about scams and rip-offs directly related to cars. If you plan to buy, lease, or sell a car one day, this is the lesson for you! We’ll start off with a discussion about leasing cars and some of the most common tricks, scams, and outright crimes that dealers carry out every day. Then we’ll move on to scams involving buying and selling a car. Along the way, we’ll demystify a lot of terminology that has crept into the auto buying and leasing business. By the time you’ve finished this lesson, you’ll be ready to march down to the car dealer, negotiate the best possible deal for yourself, and save thousands of dollars.
It seems like every time you buy something these days, you’re offered the opportunity to purchase an extended warranty. These warranties are tempting, but are they really worth it? That’s the question we’ll be answering in this lesson. We’ll begin by learning exactly what a warranty is, along with a little history of how warranties began. Then we’ll talk about two kinds of warranties: express and implied. After that, we’ll turn our attention to extended warranties, something I’m sure a car dealer or retailer has dangled before you at one time or another.
Product Liability Cases
You’ve undoubtedly heard about lawsuits in which people have sued over products that have injured them. In this lesson, we’re going to take a look at this area of law and see how it’s entirely possible to bring such a case and what will happen when you do. Such lawsuits fall under the category of product liability cases, so our focus for this lesson is to understand what product liability is all about. Once you have a solid understanding of product liability, you can then figure out if your case falls into the product liability area.
So You Want to Sue 'Em
In previous lessons, we’ve talked about scams, rip-offs, and product liability cases. Suppose you want to sue the con man who swindled you, the corporation whose product hurt you, or someone else. How do you go about doing it? That’s what we’ll focus on in this lesson. We’ll take a look at the process you would follow if you decided to bring a lawsuit. By the time you finish this lesson, you’ll know how to bring a small claims action or even a full-blown lawsuit in state or federal court.
Home Repair, Stock, and Franchise Cons
In this final lesson, we will address a few more scams and rip-offs that we have not yet covered. We’ll focus on cons and schemes that you’re likely to run into at some point and that you need to protect yourself against. We will be discussing everything from home repair scams to Ponzi schemes. Along the way, you’ll also be getting the information that you need to protect yourself and the resources to contact the proper authorities if you feel that you have been the victim of any of these illegal activities. By the time you finish this lesson, you should be well-armed to spot the many ways in which unscrupulous folks can take advantage of you. With what you’ll learn in this lesson—as well as what you’ve learned throughout the course—you can count yourself a savvy and well-informed consumer.
Who is this course for?
Upon course completion, students will receive a certificate that will serve as proof of their study in this field.
Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.
Students will need access to a computer and the internet.
Minimum specifications for the computer are:
Microsoft Windows XP, or later
OSX/iOS 6 or later
Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
Students will also need access the following applications:
Adobe Acrobat Reader
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