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  • Consumer Complaint Submission
    ENCORE CAPITAL GROUP INC. – CFPB Complaint

    Date Received: 2017-10-20T00:00:00 Product: Credit card debt Issue: Threatened to contact someone or share information improperly Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided Consumer Complaint: Midland Funding called a relative who is not on the account...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Consumer Complaint Submission
    AFNI INC. – CFPB Complaint

    Date Received: 2017-10-20T00:00:00 Product: Other debt Issue: Attempts to collect debt not owed Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided Consumer Complaint: On XXXX/XXXX/XXXX I contacted Equifax about a collection debt appearing on my credit report...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • What’s Up With the National Do Not Call Registry?

    Is your number one of the more than 229 million phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry? Then you might be interested in the FTC’s just-released National Do Not Call Registry Data Book, which gives...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • 5 Financial New Year’s Resolutions

    It’s that time of year again. A brand new year and time when we talk about our resolutions to better ourselves at work, home, and in many other ways. This year, why not add a financial goal...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • FTC Offers Information on Fraud Alerts, Credit Freezes and Locks

    After the Equifax data breach, some people are considering placing a fraud alert, freeze, or lock on their credit file to help prevent identity thieves from opening new accounts in their name. To help consumers decide on...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • What You Need to Know About Writing a Will

    It’s a subject that none of us want to think about. Whether we’re young and just starting life or older and approaching the end, we don’t want to think about our own death. And, adding money to...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Get Rid of Unwanted Apps

    Using your social media account to log into an app or website can be easier than creating a new user name and password. But, after a while, you can collect more apps and become registered on more...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • IRS Problems? Tax Professionals Reveal Top Tips

    As Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Every April, federal taxes bring a sense of dread and anxiety, especially if you are facing an audit or...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Do-It-Yourself Career Counseling

    Melanie is tired of celebrating Fridays and dreading Monday mornings. At work, she is spending large chunks of time checking online job boards and calculating how many years left before retirement. She is toying with the idea...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • U.S. Marshals Won’t Call You About Jury Duty

    United States Marshals protect the federal courts, track down dangerous fugitives, and transport thousands of prisoners. They don’t make calls and threaten to arrest people or fine them for missing jury duty. But scammers posing as Marshals...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • 32 Ways to Save Money on Your Utility Bills

    I remodeled my house a few years ago, replacing old single-pane windows and beefing up the attic insulation. This cut my heating bill by almost 50%! That was so inspiring, I challenged myself to see how much...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • This Holiday Season, Help Your Kids Build Solid Money Habits

    The holiday season provides plenty of opportunities to talk with kids about money, like when you go shopping or when your children receive gifts. No matter what age, kids learn from watching their parents and absorb what...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • The Frugal Doctor Is In

    Recently I had a physical. Outside of being a little overweight and growing older, I don’t have any obvious health issues. I did, however, describe some minor symptoms to my doctor, which prompted him to order some...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Now What? Life After Debt

    You did it! You paid off your debt. Perhaps you used debt consolidation or debt settlementcompany. You may have used a debt management or a do-it-yourself program. No matter the route, the success is equally noteworthy. Now...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • DNA Test Kits: Consider the Privacy Implications

    Companies are advertising at-home DNA test kits that promise intriguing insights into your past (“Where did my forebears come from?”) – and your future (“Do I have the genetic markers for certain medical conditions?”). If you’re thinking...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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