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David Cameron was accused of eroding people's financial privacy as he unveiled plans to expand the use of credit reference agencies to track down welfare cheats.

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Credit agencies lined up to pinpoint benefit cheats

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House Doctor: We were targeted by a fraudster. Could our remortgage be affected as a result?

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Plastic surgery: How to boost your credit-card rating

Card providers are beefing up their rates and getting choosy about who they accept, writes Chiara Cavaglieri

Easter boom on high street as Britons spend holiday shopping

Shoppers stormed the high street over the Easter weekend, shrugging off continuing concerns over the economy on what is traditionally retailers' second most important weekend.

Facebook overtakes Google

Social networking site hits 'important milestone' in the US market

Consumer rights: Bogus tenant is making life a misery

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Consumer rights: 'Help me repair my bruised credit rating'

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Sean O'Grady: Meet Motorway Man, the decisive voter in Election 2010

He is in his thirties. He drives. He voted Labour in 1997, and has a small family

More than 3,700 jobs at risk after Ethel Austin hits the buffers again

The discount fashion retailer Ethel Austin collapsed into administration for the second time in less than two years yesterday, leaving the jobs of 3,714 staff at its 276 branches hanging in the balance.

Time to rescue old money from sleeping bank accounts

Wake up before your cash vanishes, say Alessia Horwich and Julian Knight
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