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Where Can I Find Out About Debt Owed in the UK? – Andrew

“Dear Jon, I am a 40 year old male living in the Washington, DC metro area in the U.S. I have a mother, about 68, who lives in England (Northamptonshire, UK) with my brother and stepfather. My brother is 42 and has mild mental disabilities. My mother has a history of not being able to control her spending. My father ... Read More »

    Beware of U.S. Federal Stimulus Package Mailer Promising Debt Help

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    A reader sent in a mailer they recently received. I can’t believe these mailers are still being sent out. The mailer says, “You are hereby notified that benefits set aside, through the 2010 U.S. Federal Stimulus Package, in the name of [x] are set to expire as of 1/4/2012 at 12 Midnight E.S.T. If said benefits have not been redeemed, ... Read More »

      Preventing the Holiday Department Store Credit Scam

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      Before the holidays are over, many consumers will charge an extra $600, $800, even $1,000 to their credit cards. Most shoppers don’t plan for this—it just happens. Department stores tempt them with offers of retail store credit cards, two-for-ones, and big discounts … But by the time January rolls around, they have giant credit-card-debt hangovers that leave them wondering how ... Read More »

        I Was On a UK Debt Relief Order and Want to Get It Off My Credit Report. – Simon

        “Dear Jon, Hi, I was on a debt relief order a couple of years ago, it was satisfied about a year ago. On a recent credit report the bankruptcy was on there, also there was one of the debts that I thought had been covered by the DRO. Also the bank say that I cannot close the account as it ... Read More »

          How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off

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          Here is a guide to help try to avoid being cheated or scammed by a business or company and check out or evaluate a company for free before you decide to pay them money for services. Over the years a common theme has emerged where people feel they are scammed by a company or taken advantage of and it appears ... Read More »

            Active Duty Soldier Loses Truck to Title Loan Lender and Why This is News

            Jason Cox, an active duty Army Staff Sargent has filed suit against Community Loans of America and Alabama Title Loans over the repossession of his truck. “Big deal,” you might say. But this case does bring up some bigger issues. Active duty military service members are protected by what is called the Military Lending Act of 2007. The MLA applies ... Read More »

              Kramer, Stein Mass Joinder / Mass Tort Updates for Those Involved

              The Receiver in the Mass Joinder legal proceeding in California against lawyers that had marketed Mass Joinder suits against mortgage lenders has released an update. December 1, 2011 The State Bar of California has taken possession of the law practices of Kramer and Kaslow, Mitchell J. Stein, Christopher Van Son, Paul Peterson (Mesa Law Group), and Anthony Kassas (Kassas Law ... Read More »

                Mortgage Loan Modification Sellers Arrested in California

                The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced the arrests of three top officers of a Stockton, California real estate company who took thousands of dollars in up-front loan modification fees and made false promises to lower the mortgage payments of struggling Central Valley homeowners. Magdalena ... Read More »

                  An Experienced Mom Prepares for a Baby

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                  New is always nice, but gently used furniture, clothing, and baby gear can really ease the strain on your pocketbook when you are expecting. With my first baby, everything had to be new, and perfect. Yes, I was that first time mom! If it was made for newborns, I absolutely had to have it! I spent way more than I ... Read More »

                    Quick Credit Tip: Become an Authorized User

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                    Learning how to become an authorized user on a credit card is a strong and quick strategy for building your credit, and building it fast. In fact, I have seen people’s scores jump as much as sixty points just by becoming authorized users. Before discussing the mechanism for becoming a an authorized user on a credit card, let us take ... Read More »

                      And No, Steve Rhode is Not a Rapist & Kidnapper

                      It was recently brought to my attention that in August, 2011 someone posted a despicable report about me on Ripoff Report and Complaints Board. While I agree that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and on this site commenters are allowed a wide bit of latitude in discussing topics, the published claim that I am a rapist, molester, or ... Read More »

                        Rome Wasn’t Counterfeited In A Day

                        At the ripe young age of 25 Atlanta Georgia’s Vincent Gerome Rome Jr., pleaded guilty to manufacturing counterfeit $100 bills along with being a felon in a charge of a possession of a firearm. Over an approximately two-year period ending in August 2011, Rome created over $1.2 million in counterfeit $100 bills by removing the original image from genuine $5 ... Read More »

                          Two Jailed For Fraudulent Debt Collection Service

                          Those in connection to the fraudulent debt collection service Maxwell, Turner & Associates (MTA), Darrian Summers and Stefan Lemar Miller, were sentenced to eight years and six years of prison, respectively. Summers was sentenced to eight years for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, and Miller was sentenced to six years and nine months for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and ... Read More »

                            Something Stinks. It Could Be This $1 Million Septic Tank Scam

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                            It was announced earlier this month that defendants Mary Moore, Joseph Nouerand and Christopher Lincoln plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for… get this… knowingly participating in a shame to fraudulently market and sell unnecessary and unneeded septic treatment products to consumers. The three acted in cahoots with other employees of FBK Products, a Florida ... Read More »

                              The Formula For Fraud Is Not Greater Than Or Equal To The Formula For Investing

                              An alleged investment fraud scheme has lead to an indictment charging Robin Brass with four counts of mail fraud where she could face up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 on each count. Allegedly, from around March 2009 until approximately November 2011, Brass acting as a principal of The BBR Group, Nibor Investment Fund, ... Read More »

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