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“What’s In Your Virtual Wallet?” – The Future of Mobile Commerce

SXSW 2011 hosted a phenomenal conference this year with interactive, film and music media seminars. As part of the interactive section there were a handful of financal seminars about the future of shopping, lending and banking. One particular session that caught my interest was one entitled “What’s In Your Virtual Wallet?” featuring representatives from PayPal and eBay/RedLaser. This session focused ... Read More »

    ManVsDebt Meetup at SXSW

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    Three years ago Adam and Courtney Baker welcomed their newborn daughter, Milligan, into their lives. Debt-ridden and stressed they decided to make a drastic change in their lives and take an alternative route to clearing their debt in an effort to create a happier lifestyle by doing what they love. The Bakers sold all of their possessions, payed off consumer ... Read More »

      Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Provides New Business Opportunities To Some Lawyers

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      The 1977 federal law to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors, better known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has molded a profitable business opportunity for some lawyers. Some lawyers are using the law as a tool for lawsuits which results in some cases avoiding litigation in favor for quick settlements. Colorado has become one of the nation’s ... Read More »

        Active Duty Soldiers Harassed For Debts With Threats Of Family Being Arrested

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        photo © 2007 The U.S. Army | more info (via: Wylio)I would like to preface this next news story with my exact facial expression. I encourage you join me. Please, if you would, raise your eyebrows, drop your jaw about an inch and let the fire rage in your eyes when you read about this latest fraud find. Stephanie Lowinger, ... Read More »

          Nearly $700,000 and 27 Months Jail Due From Texas Energy Company Bookkeeper for Embezzlement

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          More than $659,000 was embezzled by Constance Bexley Iwanski, a Texas energy company bookkeeper. Iwanski will face up to 27 months in federal prison and be required to pay the company their money back. Iwanski had been with the company for 31 years and had been solely in charge of the books for 17 years. Between December 2002 and December ... Read More »

            Debt Free! And You Can Be Too

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            photo © 2008 Mike Baird | more info (via: Wylio)When Amanda and her husband gave birth to their third child her paycheck was greatly reduced during maternity leave. After an increase in interest and payments on their credit cards, they could no longer afford their minimum monthly payments owed. At one point in time there was no problem paying these ... Read More »

              Another Day, Another Class Action Suit Against For Profile Colleges

              A new batch of students, 39 to be exact, are filing a suit against Daymar Colleges Group. Allegedly they were mislead in enrollment and given “false claims about transferability of its credits, job placements, and the terms and availability of student loans.” They are apparently left lacking jobs and gaining debt. The students also claim they were “deceived” into buying ... Read More »

                Building Your Financial Future: Advice For 20-Somethings

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                photo © 2009 Andrew Magill | more info (via: Wylio)A lot of people always say that sometimes no credit is just as bad as poor credit. And I’d like to attest, this is correct. I, Amanda Miller, am in my 20s. Which means, you guessed it, I am the poorest I will ever be again (knock on wood). When I ... Read More »

                  With Debt, Do Us Part?

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                  In searching for material for my next video project, I stumbled across a video that literally, made me do a triple take. A YouTube user preaching to viewers ways to save and budget money. Some of his advice had merit but there was one part that made me question out loud: “Did he REALLY just say that?” Rewind. Really??? Rewind. ... Read More »

                    HSBC Gets Some Heat Over Ill-Marketed Payment Protection Plan

                    HSBC, “The World’s Local Bank,” is getting a lot of local and state-wide criticism today as suits are being filed against them for their poorly explained and ill-marketed “Payment Protection Plan”. Those especially impacted by this were wrongfully targeted and unqualified recipients of this plan including, retirees, people already on disability and part-time employees. – Source As an HSBC card ... Read More »

                      Advanced Fee Loan and Credit Repair Scam Mastermind – Arrested by FBI.

                      For six months Edward Louis Molz III, under the name Frank Sullivan, scammed 247 small business owners in an advance-fee scam under a phony corporation called 3rd Street Financial LLC. According to the Criminal Complaint and Affidavit of Special Agent Deen Abbott filed, the Dallas Division of the FBI received complaints from 44 victims between a time span of 13 ... Read More »

                        FTC v. First Alliance Mortgage Company, First Alliance Corporation, Brian Chisick, Sarah Chisick

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                        The links for the FTC case v. First Alliance Mortgage Company, First Alliance Corporation, Brian Chisick, Sarah Chisick can be found here. Read More »

                          FTC v. Fighting Back, Fighting Back Consultants

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                          The links for the FTC case v. Fighting Back, Fighting Back Consultants can be found here. Read More »

                            FTC v. Far West Credit

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                            The links for the FTC case v. Far West Credit can be found here. Read More »

                              FTC v. Farpoint Services Int’l, Garrison Corporation, American Card Services, Hyperion, Consolidated Group of Companies, Roberta Galway, Robin Galway, Robin Arcand, Philip Arcand

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                              The links for the FTC case v. Farpoint Services Int’l, Garrison Corporation, American Card Services, Hyperion, Consolidated Group of Companies, Roberta Galway, Robin Galway, Robin Arcand, Philip Arcand can be found here. Read More »

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