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Mortgage Modification Company Former Owner Facing 80 years in Jail

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Isaak Khafizov, a former owner of American Home Recovery (AHR), a mortgage loan modification business, was found guilty yesterday in Manhattan federal court of conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners and lenders. Khafizov was convicted after a ten-day jury trial presided over by U.S. District Judge George B. Daniels. He was ... Read More »

Getting a Job or Finding a Job After Bankruptcy

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A common conern I hear from time-to-time is if someone goes bankrupt will they be able to find a job or get a job. The answer will surprise you. According to Christine Saah Nazer, of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “The use of credit histories in employment can have a disparate impact on a range of people, including people ... Read More »

Credit Reports, Credit History, and Credit Scores in Hiring and Job Performance. Is It Even Fair?

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You hear all the time how credit history can impact your ability to get a job. In the debt relief world debt settlement and credit counseling companies claim bankruptcy prevents people from getting jobs and that’s why people need to use their services instead. But what is reality and what is the negative impact of alternative interventions like debt settlement ... Read More »

How Does Bankruptcy Work?

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Bankruptcy is one of those things people are afraid of, but they really don’t know why. Once you learn the facts about bankruptcy and how it works, you’ll want to know more. Bankruptcy is a legal process that is administered through the court. While people can technically file bankruptcy themselves, it’s not a smart idea. Mistakes happen and a mistake ... Read More »

Nonprofit Student Loan Debt Collector Makes About Half a Million

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Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that Educational Credit Management Corporation, an IRS educational charitable nonprofit group, paid Joshua Mandelman, a student loan debt collector for ECMC, nearly $500,000 in a single year. ECMC’s debt collectors earn bonuses as a reward for extracting money from defaulted borrowers. In 2010, the bonuses for top performers amounted to as much as 10 times their ... Read More »

Bogus U.S. Embassy Email Asks for Money – Scam Alert

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A reader sent in the email below that claims to be from a U.S. Ambassador. I wanted to use it to point out a number of warning signs. Starting from the top: The email address this is sent from is not a government address. The reply to address is not a government address. The flag shown is for the U.S. ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Companies Suffer from Premature Representation

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First, I’d like to say thank you to Steve Rhode for the invitation to make a guest post. Steve, I greatly appreciate you opening up your venue. Rather than focusing on what Debt Relief A La Carte offers, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss why. It will be much more meaningful for all. I’ve been waiting for a ... Read More »

If You Rent It Could Help Build Good Credit

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Experian today announced a new product to help renters convert their on-time rental payments into good credit. Up until now Experian had only really been adding rental history through its RentBureau product that is used by big apartment complexes. Now they’ve launched a new product for use by all landlords, big or small. ClearNow allows for landlords to collect payments ... Read More »

Military Star Card / Military Star Rewards MasterCard / AAFES Card- What You Need to Know First

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The Military Star Card is a credit card that is marketed and promoted to military personnel. In the past it was known as the AAFES card as well. This card is limited to use at military Exchange stores or through the Exchange website. Only people who are active duty military, military retirees, reservists, National Guard personnel, Department of Defense employees ... Read More »

Can I Get Into the UK if I Have An Old Debt There? – Manish

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“Dear Jon, my name is manish.i have lived in UK for 5 years and have some debts.i have come back to my home country because my student visa was running out..it has been 2 years since i have come back from UK. can i travel back to UK, if i had some old UK debts?is UK immigration relate to my ... Read More »

The Credit Repair Company Seems Out of Control

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A Craigslist ad came to my attention for a credit repair company called “The Credit Repair Company.” It appears that someone is running an advertisement claiming: “WE HAVE BEEN HELPING OTHERS ALL THROU THE UNITED STATES WITH THE BAD CREDIT ISSUES SINCE 1995 WE HAVE AN A+ RATING WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU WE CAN HAVE REMOVED JUDGEMENTS, BANKRUPTCIES,CHILD SUPPORT, ... Read More »

Truly Free Credit Scores and Daily Credit Monitoring

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When it comes to free credit reporting products, I mean really free, the services are hard to find. Sure, there have been all sorts of teaser products offered that then signed you up for paid services but where does someone go to find their actual credit score? Until a year or so ago the online credit score offered by services ... Read More »

Debt Collectors Halted From Collecting Debts Consumers Don’t Owe

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Consumers Were Subjected to Collection Efforts for Magazine Subscription Debts They Did Not Owe, FTC Alleges Defendants in a debt collection operation that allegedly sought payment for bogus magazine subscription debts have settled with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC alleged in its complaint that the defendants knew, or should have known, that some of the magazine subscription debts they ... Read More »

Executives at Debt Collection Agency Face Jail Time In Attempt to Defraud Bank. Face Jail Time.

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut David B. Fein today announced that Richard Pinto, 68, of Wellington, Fla., and Peter Pinto, 37, of East Quogue, N.Y., each pleaded guilty late Friday, May 11, before United States District Judge Stefan Underhill in Bridgeport to ... Read More »

FTC Stops Deceptive Home-Based Internet Business Opportunity

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The Federal Trade Commission halted an operation that allegedly lured consumers into spending thousands of dollars for Internet websites and advertising by misrepresenting that they could make lots of money by linking the sites to major retailers. The court ordered a stop to the defendants’ allegedly deceptive practices and froze their assets pending further litigation. The action is part of ... Read More »

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