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My Son Put My Name on His Law School Student Loans Without Telling Me. – Mark

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“Dear Steve, My son co-signed my name on his student loans for law school. I did not know that he signed my name on the student loans. In March of 2013, I started receiving calls from a collection agency asking if I could make a payment on these loans. I was never notified before this that I was co-signed on ... Read More »

First National Collection Bureau Falsely Verified I Owe a Debt. – Aaron

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“Dear Steve, For the past 6 months I have been dealing with a debt collection agency. First National Collection Bureau. They placed a debt on my credit report. The debt did not belong to me. My name was used fraudenlty. I disputed the debt, and came back verified. I sent 2 certified letters, for validation. They never responded. Ive sent ... Read More »

My No Good Ex-Husband is in Jail But Forged My Name to Loans. – Amber

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“Dear Steve, My husband and I recently divorced, and I was able to keep the house. While we were married, we got a joint credit card, and also shared a bank account. I was eager to build good credit since I had filed bankruptcy just a couple years before. Unfortunately, my ex-husband had severe substance abuse problems he was able ... Read More »

I Refuse to File Charges Against My Mother for Identity Theft

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“Dear Steve, When I was in college my mother took a credit card in my name. Apparently I signed up for a free Bank of America credit card when I also signed up for a bank account. They sent the card to my mom’s house (my official place of residence at the time even though I was in school and ... Read More »

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 »

Tampa Man Charged with Organized Fraud

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center, with the assistance of the Internal Revenue Service and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, today arrested Demetrius Lewis, 37, of Tampa, for one count of organized fraud, five counts of Florida communications fraud and three counts of criminal use of personal information. Pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation, FDLE ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims at Columbus Fraud Forum

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Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans today at the Central Ohio Community Fraud Forum that he has launched a new program to assist victims of identity theft. “Identity theft can be extremely damaging to victims and difficult to recover from,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We’ve created this program to help victims get their lives back on track.” The new Identity ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Launches New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine today announced a new statewide program designed to help victims of identity theft repair damage to their credit reports and rectify other problems associated with identity theft. “The effects of identity theft can linger for years, causing serious problems for the victim,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We’ve created this program to help individuals resolve the ... Read More »

My Mum Took Credit Cards Out in My Name When I Was in Prison in the UK. – Bridget

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“Dear Jon, I come from a difficult background and my mum is the person who took various cards out in my name, while i was in prison! She says it’s because she was struggling with her five year old son and was struggling to make her way up to see me on prison visits etc! Which I don’t find good ... Read More »

Scammers Stealing Credit Reports Using Stolen Credit Cards and Debit Cards

It seems crooks today are becoming more productivity conscious and leveraging one stolen credit or debit card into an entirely new enterprise. Scammers are targeting the motherlode of information, your credit report. By purchasing your credit report online scammers are getting access to a comprehensive report about all of your current and past credit activity. Using that information they could ... Read More »

Identity Theft Fraud Victims, Here’s Everything You Ever Need to Know to Fix the Mess

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If you are the victim of identity theft the last thing you want to worry about is what to do next. Thanks to the kind folks at the FTC here is a comprehensive guide on what to do if you discover you are a victim of identity theft. This step-by-step guide will make it extremely easy for you to take ... Read More »

Tax Scammers Target Military Members for Identity Theft

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Spread the word, scammers are targeting military members with new scam using .mil email addresses. The IRS is reporting taxpayers should be on the lookout for a new, email-based phishing scam now circulating that targets Department of Defense military members, retirees and civilian employees. The email appears to come from Defense Finance and Accounting Services and displays a .mil email ... Read More »

Talk Credit Radio Interview With Gerri Detweiler

Here is the recent interview I did with Gerri Detweiler on Talk Credit Radio. Listen to Talk Credit Radio Interview With Steve Rhode I had the pleasure recently to talk with Gerri Detweiler about a wide range of debt related issues and scams. We start out talking about identity theft, fake debt collectors, and then move into a wide range ... Read More »

4 Simple Steps to Protect Your Credit from Identity Theft

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Identity theft is on the rise, according to the FTC, and it’s a crime that is getting more expensive than ever for American consumers. Last year it cost us $1.52 billion, up from $1.4 million in 2010. The median amount paid out per claim was $537. And that’s just the cost of reported crimes. While identity theft can involve different ... Read More »

Tax Refund Check Cashing Scheme Hits Southern Florida

As tax season rolls around it’s no surprise to see tax refund check cashing schemes arising in the news. Announced Monday was the filing of a criminal Information charging defendants Wilson Lau, and his wife, Kate Yuee Lau, for their participation in a check cashing scheme involving more than $5 million in fraudulently obtained tax refund checks and tax refund ... Read More »

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