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Watch Out and Warn Others About Twitter Identity Theft on Tvivvter.com

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I just received the following Twitter message. When I clicked on the link it took me to a page for a site that spoofs the Twitter site and asks you for your credentials. Entering your Twitter information here (http://tvivvter.com/log%20in/bh/?&session_timed_out) will lead to it being given over to a spoofer. As you can see, if you are not careful, you might ... Read More »

    I Left London and Moved Out of the UK But My Roommate Never Paid the Rent. – Liliana

    “Dear Jon, I was living in london for a year, after I came back to my country, I knew that my room mate never paid the rent to our land lord, i was in the warranty´s papers How I can know if i am in a list for debtors in London??? Liliana” Liliana, There really isn’t one place where people ... Read More »

      Mortgage Modification Scammers Rounded Up by Law Enforcement

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      This announcement by the folks at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program should make anyone that feels like they’ve been screwed by a mortgage modification company, get a half smile. Federal agents this morning arrested 10 defendants who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,-based business that allegedly offered bogus loan modification programs to ... Read More »

        Tax Will be Due on Forgiven Mortgage Debt Unless Congress Acts

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        Thanks to a reader and tipster (send in your tips here) I was alerted to the following story about the soon to be ending tax forgiveness regulation for homeowners getting mortgage debt forgiveness. “In 2007, Congress enacted the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which prevents homeowners from paying taxes when their mortgage debt is forgiven due to a decline in ... Read More »

          Prime Credit Experts Makes Claims That Seem Deceptive for Consumers

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          I saw an online ad for a company called Prime Credit Experts that said “Permanently Remove Charge Offs – Immediately Improve Your Credit Score.” – Source. So of course I had to go take a look at their site. When credit repair companies make claims about their services and being able to delete inaccurate information from a credit report, that’s ... Read More »

            Are Companies Held Hostage Online? What is Fair?

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            Someone asked me recently what I thought about sites like ConsumerAffairs.com and their program that only let companies publicly respond to consumer complaints posted about them by paying a fee. To be honest I really had not paid any attention to what was happening on ConsumerAffairs.com so I went and took a look. And sure enough, apparently ConsumerAffairs.com does not ... Read More »

              Sad Findings Show Americans Suck at Managing Their Money. 1 in 3 Have No Savings Account.

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              The Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) recently released their latest findings on how people deal with managing their money. I’m not talking about high level issues like which mutual fund provides a better return, but like do you have a savings account. As a consumer debt expert the information is disturbing in two ways for me. First, I can visualize ... Read More »

                Old Dog – FDCPA Lesson Learned

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                I’ve been living with dealing with debt since 1990 and began professionally helping people with debt problems in 1994. There are just fewer issues that come along these days that surprise me and teach this old dog something new. But once in a while one does. This one has to do with a incorrect assumption that myself and many others ... Read More »

                  Attorney General DeWine Announces Final Arrest in Telemarketing Land Scam Case

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                  Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring is now in custody. Deputies with the Howell County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Sweigart last night. Several anonymous tips to the Attorney General’s Office led officers to a home in West Plains, Missouri, where Sweigart went into custody without incident. He had been ... 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 »

                      Living in Republic of Ireland and Struggling to Make Property Payments. Will We Lose Our UK Property?

                      “Dear Jon, I lived in the Republic of ireland from 2000-2008. My husband and I purchased a property there in 2005. We are struggling to make the payments on this property as we have since bought a house in northern Ireland (where we have lived since 2008). My question is if we were to foreclose on the Republic of Ireland ... Read More »

                        Can You Go to Jail if You Don’t Pay a Bill?

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                        Just out is a very interesting video from my friends over at Cambridge Credit Counseling about debtors’ prison and the current realities. Disturbing new reports indicate that debt collectors in Missouri, Illinois, Alabama and a few other states are using a legal loophole to justify jailing poor citizens who legitimately cannot pay their debts. It has been troubling that some ... Read More »

                          Judge Bloom Finds California-Based Internet Lender, CashCall, Abused West Virginia Consumers, Violated State Usury Laws. $15 Million Returned to WV

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                          In a much-anticipated ruling likely to have national implications, Kanawha Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom entered two lengthy orders yesterday finding in favor of the State on all its claims and ordering Internet lender, CashCall, of Anaheim, California, to pay $15 million in civil penalties, refunds, and cancelled debts for the 292 West Virginia consumers who obtained the loans and ... 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 »

                              1st United Consultants – Reader Sends in Client Agreement. Let’s Take a Look.

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                              A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in the following message: “1st United Consultants – Received a cold call from them and played along. Claimed to save me $200 per month by not paying my mortgage and paying them instead. They were high pressure as they could only hold approval for a few minutes but if I signed up ... Read More »

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