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Inside Information on Credit Reports and Credit Scores

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How The Financial World Judges You Today, your credit report and credit score dictate how much you pay for credit, insurance and other services. It is the measurement others use to determine their risk in doing business with you. Having a professional review your credit report and credit score with you are critical to saving money, avoiding identity theft and ... Read More »

    Complaints About Bill Collectors Rocket as Debt Collectors Get Tough

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    A story by CNN today makes my article on How to Hide From Debt Collection, the Debt Collector and Creditors even more timely. After several years in which Americans were buying stuff on credit they couldn’t afford, a rapidly increasing number are complaining about getting harassed and abused by bill collectors. Nearly 71,000 people filed such complaints with the Federal ... Read More »

      College Student Willing To Sell Her Virginity To Pay Off Student Loan Debt

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      Ever since hearing about this story I’ve had all sorts of opinions about it. Funny, shock wasn’t one of them. In September 2008, a California Sacramento State graduate, Natalie Dylan, wanted to auction off her virginity at the Bunny Ranch to help pay for graduate school. The 21 or 22 year old, there appears to be some confusion, got the ... Read More »

        Bounced Checks: What to Do If You Write Them … or Receive Them

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        Money’s tight, the bills are due and you’re expecting a paycheck in a few days. So you write some checks and cross your fingers that they don’t hit the bank before your deposit. Or maybe you’re flat broke and figure writing a few rubber checks can’t hurt. After all, you figure, those businesses have plenty of money and can just ... Read More »

          Lower Your Car Payment. Skip It, Lower Your Interest Rate and Get Cash Back

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          Here is a little financial tip that I’ve used in the past but I keep forgetting about. Refinancing an existing auto loan to lower interest rates and monthly payments. I just got an email that a client was instantly approved for an auto loan refi and that’s good news. You see when this particular person bought their car their credit ... Read More »

            Debt Settlement America, TASC, and Chris Kesterson, What’s That All About?

            Thanks to one of this sites readers who sent me a tip to tips@GetOutOfDebt.org I was told about a festive holiday press release from Debt Settlement America that was sent out. December 24, 2009 – Debt Settlement America (DSA) has offered a special gift to three families this holiday season by allowing them temporary deferments. A deferment means that the ... Read More »

              Giving Away $100. Tell Us Your Plan For Dealing With Holiday Bills.

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              My friend Matt Jabs (@MattJabs) who writes the excellent site Debt Free Adventure and I were talking the other day and one of us said, “You know what, we should run a contest and give away $100 to one of our readers who can tell us how they are going to deal with holiday bills.” And I guess that’s how ... Read More »

                Seven Easy, Surefire, Guaranteed Ways to Trash Your Credit

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                I spend a lot of time helping people resolve credit issues and getting finances under control. Now it’s time to give guidance to those folks who are desperate to screw-up their credit. Who’d want to do that, you say? Plenty of folks are in an all-fired rush to make bad credit mistakes. Here’s how they developed the worst credit scores ... Read More »

                  Renter Scam – Couple Moves In And Cleans Out

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                  A homeowner rented a private house near Seattle, Washington and soon after they moved in they held a garage sale and sold all the stuff that came in the rented house. Whatever didn’t sell they packed in a moving van and left with in the middle of the night. Read More »

                    Man Uncovers Credit Card Scam and Judge Awards Him £500.

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                    Nigerians Gboyega Akinbola, 36, and Oyetunde Oyedeji, 31, went on a spending spree worth an estimated £60,000 after buying the credit card details of more than 1,100 people from an international hacking syndicate. The pair, who had registered as students after arriving in Britain, were only caught when Moss Hills, owner of the Stagebeat music store in Guildford, Surrey, noticed ... Read More »

                      How to Afford to Go Back to School as an Adult

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                      Adults are going back to school for lots of different reasons these days, including career changes, keeping up with developments in their field, learning new skills and personal enrichment. At many colleges students may be senior executives, retirees or working moms. Going back to school when you’re older, whether it’s to get an advanced degree, brush up with a few ... Read More »

                        Nine Essential Steps to Successfully Manage Your Money

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                        Only the rich need to worry about having people manage their money, right? Wrong! With a handful of credit cards, checking, savings and retirement accounts and lots of different bills to pay we all need money managers. The difference is if we aren’t wealthy, the money management responsibility usually falls on our own shoulders, rather than someone else’s. While most ... Read More »

                          Attorney Aid, ABK Consultants, and Kirkland Young All Charged in Loan Modification Scam

                          Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced he has filed a lawsuit against three businesses operating in Miami-Dade County, their principles and affiliated attorneys on allegations of deceptive and unfair trade practices regarding their involvement in a foreclosure rescue scam affecting homeowners nationwide. The Attorney General’s Economic Crimes Division began investigating Kirkland Young LLC, in July after receiving numerous consumer complaints ... Read More »

                            Woman Pleads Guilty to Scam $304,000 in Gift Cards From Grocery Store

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                            Seriously, grocery store gift cards! Not the typical gift card scam target of smart criminals. I’m still surprised she didn’t think OMNI Home Care would notice over $300,000 in gift cards charged to the corporate card. “An Evansville Indiana woman pleaded guilty Monday to illegally trying to obtain more than $300,000 of gift cards from Kroger supermarkets in Owensboro, Ky., ... Read More »

                              Kevin Trudeau and His Debt Cures Book Hit Top Scam List

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                              Marketer Kevin Trudeau is always selling something, and in 2009, it was his book “Debt Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About”, his follow-up to “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About.” Some who bought the book claim it has almost no usable information that can’t be easily gleaned from other, free sources. But the overwhelming majority ... Read More »

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