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How the Washington Post Outed My Bankruptcy Secret

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I am still amazed when I read ignorant stuff about the reason people are going bankrupt is because there is no more stigma about bankruptcy. No, the reason people are going bankrupt is because creditors are manipulating the system for their own accounting or reporting means and not allowing people to repay their debts with as much enthusiasm as the ... Read More »

    Bank of America Talks About Sales Approach at Branch Banks

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    In a recent Wall Street Journal article, Bank of America openly discussed the fact they gave out far too many credit cards and now something is going to have to be done about it to reduce continued risk to the bank. Expect to see more Bank of America credit cards closed unilaterally. But in the same article Bank of America ... Read More »

      Your Searches and Speed Round Answers

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      I was looking through the recent search phrases on the site this morning and thought I’d take a whack at answering some of them quickly so I’m trying a new approach, the speed round. What happens if you do not answer a debt collectors who is an attorney? If you mean answering the phone, you just flow further down the ... Read More »

        Is It Time to Walk Away From Your Mortgage in a Strategic Default?

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        With homeowners still slipping under the seas of mortgage default more and more are considering that walking away from the mortgage might be a wiser and more logical solution. This approach even has a name, strategic default. A strategic default might be something to strongly consider if you owe more than your home is worth, property values in your area ... Read More »

          Dave Ramsey and His Un-Truth About Bankruptcy

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          So here I am, minding my own business and what does divine intervention deliver in front of me, a link to The Dave Ramsey page titled the Truth About Bankruptcy. I really wonder if Mr. Ramsey actually believes some of the rubbish he prints. Sometimes it seems to me he is so vested in his old points of view that ... Read More »

            California Union University Accused of Being Front for Immigration Scam

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            The owner and operator of California Union University – a purported university in Fullerton whose Web page is literally just one page – is due in court today to face federal charges that his school is actually a front for a visa fraud scheme. Samuel Chai Cho Oh, 65, surrendered to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Tuesday morning, after a ... Read More »

              Debt Settlement Scam Email

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              Floating around the internet is an email using debt settlement as the hook for the age old Nigerian 419 money scam. Be on the lookout for the following email. If you get one, let me know. From: “MR GOODLUCK JONATHAN” Reply-To: Subject: CONTRACT DEBT SETTLEMENT APPROVED Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:21:07 +0100 OFFICE OF VICE –PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF ... Read More »

                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 »

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