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Romanian Citizen Busted For $1.5 Million Fraud Ring Of HSBC Customers

Last Thursday it was announced that Laurentiu Ilian Bulat was arrested yesterday for allegedly participating in a fraud ring that stole at least $1.5 million from HSBC customer bank accounts by installing “skimming” devices on more than 40 ATMs in Manhattan, Long Island, and Westchester, New York. According to the Complaint since May 2011, the U.S. Secret Service, together with ... Read More »

Three Plea Not Guilty In Skimming Scam Across Southern New England

Three New York residents were charged last week with an indictment charging them with conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft offenses related to an alleged participation in an ATM “skimming” scheme across southern New England. Gabriela Graham and two citizens of Turkey, Mehmet Aydin and Ahmet Cilek, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, six ... Read More »

My Husband Deserves a New Truck. How Do We Get the Bank to Lower the Rates? – Dena

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Dena “Dear Steve, My husband bought a 07 Chevy truck he went to the bank with $9,000.00 cash money, he purchased a 07 Cheey Silverado with low mileage, which we have discussed however, when he visited the loan officer at the Bank she gave him a high interest rate with a Bank that would finance him because HE DIDN’T HAVE ... Read More »

Jeffrey Writes in About Mortgage Company Ethics

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“I have a quick question for you. What do you think of the sale of mortgages when consumers have no say over who the ultimate buyer of their mortgage will be? Say, you have a problem with one of the banks caught up in the sub-prime lending issues and your new mortgage with one of the companies that stayed above ... Read More »

Expect Tidal Wave Of Limit Reductions and Credit Card Closures to Hit Before Christmas

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Yesterday I wrote about a little old hardware store that had noticed an increase in card purchases over cash. That’s not a good sign if people are using plastic more for routine things and especially in this environment of credit card issuers reducing credit limits, raising interest rates and closing cards. You see, the credit card issuers are getting freaked ... Read More »

Consumers Feel the Next Crisis: It’s Credit Cards

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Indeed it is. If you're not in top shape for the credit card shakeout that's already taking place, there isn't much you'll be able to do about it. It's probably already too late. After years of flooding the market with credit cards (and generous limits), banks are finally starting to take it back. Eric Dash, a New York Times reporter, does an excellent job of distilling the situation. From Read More »

Which Presidential Candidate Is Better For Debtors? Personal Finnance Bloggers Question of The Week.

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This weeks personal finance brain trust question was: Which U.S. presidential candidate will most likely do more to help debtors and/or reform current bankruptcy regulations? Feel free to elaborate. WC – A 27-year-old writer living in Chicago and writing about personal finance through The Writer’s Coin. This question seems like a veiled attempt at asking “who are you voting for?” ... Read More »

Debit Card Concerns. Profits Hide Truth About Your Risks.

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For years banks have lied and hidden the reality of debit cards from you. What I’m about to tell you is going to sound counter-intuitive from everything you’ve been taught and believe. Here it is. Don’t use a debit card. It’s not smart financial management. By now you’re probably thinking that I’ve lost my mind but before you judge me, ... Read More »

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