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Attorney General DeWine Offers Foster Youth Help With Credit Report Errors

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Attorney General Mike DeWine recently sent letters to the state’s public children services agencies offering help in meeting a new federal mandate requiring youth at least 16 years old and within the foster system to have their credit checked. The mandate also requires the clearance of any errors found on their credit report. “Unfortunately, foster youth can be especially vulnerable ... Read More »

    Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

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    (Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam.Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers have received text messages stating that ... Read More »

      Final MTA Debt Collection Fraudster Pleads Guilty

      The last defendant in the MTA debt collection scheme has pleaded guilty. Paul Anthony Vasquez pleaded guilty on January 17, 2012 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering. Vasquez also agreed to pay full restitution and forfeit assets seized by federal agents, including over $950,000 in cash and a 1.5 carat diamond ring. If Vasquez’s name ... Read More »

        FTC And CFPB Pledge To Work Together To Protect Consumers

        It was announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to protect consumers in an effort to avoid duplication of federal law enforcement and regulatory efforts. The memorandum of the two agencies’ understand can be viewed here. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ... Read More »

          Defendants In Payday Lending Case To Pay More Than $294,000 For Illegal Garnishment Of Consumers’ Paychecks

          Defendants in a payday lending case have been ordered to pay more than $294,000 for illegal garnishment of consumers’ paychecks. A federal court has ordered, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the individuals behind a payday lending scheme and two companies he controlled to pay $294,536 for illegally trying to garnish borrowers’ wages, and for ... Read More »

            Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

            November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to support the day and attempting to spread awareness. “For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has ... Read More »

              True Cradle Robbers – Stealing Credit From The Cradle

              It’s often not a parent’s first thought to check the credit report of their minor child, however, it may now become a necessity. Not because a child may fraudulently be using credit without their parents’ knowledge but because scammers may have stolen their unused Social Security number and identity. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) put out a warning last week ... Read More »

                It’s Been A Year Since The TSR – What’s Changed With Debt Settlement?

                A year ago this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) barred debt settlement companies that used telemarketing from accepting up-front fees. Although it’s been an entire year since this change we are still see companies trying sneak in those up-front fees with businesses trying to exploit loopholes. The whole purpose of the Telemarketing Sales Ruling was to help consumers from ... Read More »

                  Should I Sign With Fast Track Debt Relief? – Mary

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                  “Dear Damon, I am ready to meet with a person on Monday to sign a paper for Fasttrackdebtrelief program. I was researching it..I am scared now.I don’t trust it. I saw your name in reviews about Fast Track.I need advise~~It is Saturday I am overwhelmed with a large amount of debt..I am struggling to pay them.and getting no where. Can ... Read More »

                    Debt Settlement: Top Ten Most Misunderstood Facts

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                    Over the past few years debt settlement has been in the news, not always in a good way. Many consumers have complained about the services they’ve received while some have been very happy. Much of the disparity in the perception of the service is due to misconceptions about the process itself. So here are the top ten misconceptions I see ... Read More »

                      Trapped in a Debt Settlement Contract. What to Do? – Dean

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                      “I contracted a debt settlement company now that it changed. I signed with them back in May of 2010, this was before the new law changed for settlement companies not to be able to charge up front for settlements. The contract is crazy, and I was stupid to sign it. I was totally delusional from stress and depression when I ... 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 »

                          A Good Credit Score Can Save Me How Much Money? – Infographic

                          A Good Credit Score [Infographic]

                          Often times when dealing with a financial problem it is not possible to keep your credit score in top notch condition. But after the crisis passes, striving for a good credit score is a good thing to do, even if you don’t plan to go deep in debt ever again. Here is a great infographic that explains why. Especially nice ... Read More »

                            Forgotten Regulations That You Can Use to Make Your Creditors Treat You Fairly

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                            If you are concerned about the way credit card companies and other lenders do business, you will be pleased to discover a little known regulation enacted for your protection. Regulation Z, or the Truth in Lending Law, regulates certain credit card practices and helps you know the true cost of credit and achieve a fair and timely solution to credit ... Read More »

                              Credit Card or Debit Card: The Great Debate

                              Credit Card vs. Debit Cards A Side-by-Side Comparison

                              Having trouble getting approved for a credit card? Do you have bad credit? Maybe a debit card is the answer. Today, more and more banks and financial institutions are rushing to issue their customers debit cards. In fact, many of these companies routinely issue “enhanced” ATM cards that can also be used as debit cards to make purchases. This article ... Read More »

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