Having or getting a bad credit score can handicap your entire financial life. Low credit scores can sentence you to pay more for debt. What can you do? You need to check your Credit Report (& can for free!) at least annually and make sure it has accurate information. More than 11 million adults in 2011 were victims of identity fraud – you don’t want to be one of them.
Want to learn more? Join us Monday, April 23 from 1-1:30pm in the Emerald Room @OTPL/Central Library/Newburgh. Kim Brown, Financial Counselor for Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tri-State will help you understand your Credit Report & Score and Amanda Shockley of the Better Business Bureau will talk about how to avoid identity theft.
Brown & Shockley will present first and be available for questions afterward.
This event is one of more than 100 free classes, seminars and activities promoting financial education that will take place during Money Smart Week April 21-28 in the state of Indiana. Efforts are coordinated by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and its Money Smart partners, of which OTPL/Central Library/Newburgh is a part. This week is designed to educate consumers about money management and create awareness of financial education programs on a wide range of topics such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely.
Additional information and a calendar of events for this year’s Money Smart Week are available at http://www.moneysmartweek.org.