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Sad Findings Show Americans Suck at Managing Their Money. 1 in 3 Have No Savings Account.

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) recently released their latest findings on how people deal with managing their money. I’m not talking about high level issues like which mutual fund provides a better return, but like do you have a savings account. As a consumer debt expert the information is disturbing in two ways for me. First, I can visualize ... Read More »

Ways to Save Money for Frugal Living While Having Fun and a Budget

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You don’t need to be a financial genius or fiscally sound in order to save money. In fact, anyone can save! Anyone with the ability and willingness to save can be a master saver. Taking a few simple ideas and applying them to everyday life can really make a difference over time. A life saver, if you will. First things ... Read More »

New Computer Virus Commits Post Transaction Attacks On Your Bank Account

When my grandma, god bless her soul, hears about a new scam, fraud or any form of financial trickery she immediately calls me up and warns me to stop whatever I’m doing and take notes. To her knowledge I don’t belong to more than one social media network, I don’t buy items online, I don’t apply for credit cards and ... Read More »

Your 2012 New Year’s Resolution: Don’t Get Scammed!

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History repeats itself. Fact. George Santayana once stated, “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This fact holds true with every aspect of one’s life, especially in one’s financial life. And especially in the world of scams. If you’re not up to date and familiar with the latest scams and schemes circulating the financial world, chances ... Read More »

Envelope Please! The Top Ten Scams Of 2011 Are In!

Every year the Better Business Bureau investigates hundreds of thousands of scams, from the novel to the old. Recently they compiled and published a list of the top ten scams of 2011 including nine major categories and a “Scam of the Year” category. Curious? Here’s what the BBB has listed: “Top Job Scam BBB sees lots of secret shopper schemes, ... Read More »

Houston Physician Gets 11 Years In Prison – AGAIN

Dr. Ira Klein, a physician in Houston, Texas, was sentenced in 2007 to federal prison for defrauding insurance companies of more than $10 million. He, like so many criminals before him, has appeared in federal court again for a re-sentencing hearing. A federal jury convicted Klein in November 2006 of 18 counts of mail fraud and 26 counts of health ... Read More »

United Way Employee Sentenced To Almost 4 Years In Prison For Stealing Donations

Earlier this month, Dorothy Shields Talbot, was sentenced to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for wire fraud in connection with a scheme to steal over $375,000 in donations from her employer, United Way of Central Maryland. According Talbot’s plea agreement, the United Way of Central Maryland was a non-profit charitable organization located in Baltimore. ... Read More »

What Happens When (Alleged) Greed Takes Over Your Life?

Earlier this month it was announced that John Voloshin was arrested for operating multiple alleged fraud schemes. According to allegations in court documents and statements made in court, Voloshin has represented himself to be in the business of real estate development. In approximately 2006, Voloshin asked an individual to loan him $500,000. Voloshin indicated that he was in contract to ... Read More »

Defendants Arrested In Conjunction With $700,000 Health Care Fraud

Earlier this month three people, Ovsanna Agopian (aka Joanna Ovsanna / Joanna Smbatyan / Ovsanna Agopian), Boghos Babadjanian and Tolulope Labeodan, were charged in a federal indictment with various offenses related to their involvement in the operation of Euless Healthcare Corporation. The 10-count indictment charges each defendant with one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and nine substantive ... Read More »

Is Bank Of America Taking Advantage Of The Unemployed With Debit Card Fees?

The state of South Carolina and Bank of America have teamed up together to administer unemployment benefits to South Carolina residents. Unemployment benefits used to come in the form of a check but are now being issued in the form of a Bank of America prepaid debit card. Bank of America claims that it’s good deal for everyone from taxpayers ... Read More »

Homeowners In Financial Distress Lose Over $1.2 Million To Mortgage “Rescue” Fraud

To the tune of a MasterCard commercial: $4.7 million in fradulent mortgage loans… $944,224 lost by lenders…. $1.2 million lost in equity to homeowners…. Shameful. Mary Ann Dean and Charles Donaldson pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with a mortgage fraud scheme of Sunset Mortgage Company. Dean was a loan originator and operator ... Read More »

Are Unemployed Computer Programmers Hacking Your Bank Account?

The term “white collar criminals” always sounded so fancy to me. You know? There’s something that just sounds glamourous about it. But fact of the matter is, there’s nothing glamorous about it – it’s just the same low life scam… in a pretty shirt. Apparently Australia is seeing a surge in white collar crimes due to the world wide financial ... Read More »

Romance Scams Shatter Hearts And Bank Accounts

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As a young, divorced, single woman in this country I’ve found it quite challenging to introduce new and exciting potential suitors into my life. I took a long while “off” of dating after the divorce and have recently thrown myself back into the game. Except the game isn’t that easy. Or fun. And I’m pretty sure games are supposed to ... Read More »

Microsoft Scammers Selling Fake Computer Virus Protection

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Anti Fraud Center say the virus scam is growing to epidemic proportions. Since March of 2010 the RCMP have noticed that a majority of scam reports involve the Virus Scam. Canadians are getting phone calls from people claiming to be with Microsoft or another reputable software company asking how their computer is running. ... Read More »

Will My Bank Freeze My Checking Account When I File Bankruptcy? – Mike

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“Dear Lewis, Almost 29K in credit card debit. During the past 3 years I have been divorced, laid off for 10 months ( I am currently working now ) and found out that I have a son with a ex-girlfriend ( I am paying child support ). Their is no savings account and the 401k was cashed during my layoff. ... Read More »

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