What Broadway Says About Money Through Show Tunes – Audio

Money, credit, and debt issues filter through our lives in so many ways. In this look at money through Broadway tunes, we get a closer look at what casual society has to say about being rich, poor, broke, happy, sad, and the morality of money. This program runs about an hour but it’s worth setting … Read more

Attorney General DeWine Offers Foster Youth Help With Credit Report Errors

Attorney General Mike DeWine recently sent letters to the state’s public children services agencies offering help in meeting a new federal mandate requiring youth at least 16 years old and within the foster system to have their credit checked. The mandate also requires the clearance of any errors found on their credit report. “Unfortunately, foster … Read more

Goddard Warns Consumers about Credit Union Text Message, Phone Solicitation Scam

(Phoenix, Ariz. – May 25, 2010)  Attorney General Terry Goddard today reminded consumers about a “phishing” scam purported to be from Credit Union West, a Glendale-based financial institution, requesting personal information.  Over the last several months, the Attorney General’s Office has seen an increase in calls regarding this particular scam. Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile customers … Read more

Final MTA Debt Collection Fraudster Pleads Guilty

The last defendant in the MTA debt collection scheme has pleaded guilty. Paul Anthony Vasquez pleaded guilty on January 17, 2012 to conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering. Vasquez also agreed to pay full restitution and forfeit assets seized by federal agents, including over $950,000 in cash and a 1.5 carat … Read more

FTC And CFPB Pledge To Work Together To Protect Consumers

It was announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to protect consumers in an effort to avoid duplication of federal law enforcement and regulatory efforts. The memorandum of the two agencies’ understand can be viewed here. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street … Read more

Defendants In Payday Lending Case To Pay More Than $294,000 For Illegal Garnishment Of Consumers’ Paychecks

Defendants in a payday lending case have been ordered to pay more than $294,000 for illegal garnishment of consumers’ paychecks. A federal court has ordered, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the individuals behind a payday lending scheme and two companies he controlled to pay $294,536 for illegally trying to … Read more

Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to support the day and attempting to spread awareness. “For the second year in a … Read more

It’s Been A Year Since The TSR – What’s Changed With Debt Settlement?

A year ago this month the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) barred debt settlement companies that used telemarketing from accepting up-front fees. Although it’s been an entire year since this change we are still see companies trying sneak in those up-front fees with businesses trying to exploit loopholes. The whole purpose of the Telemarketing Sales Ruling … Read more

Should I Sign With Fast Track Debt Relief? – Mary

“Dear Damon, I am ready to meet with a person on Monday to sign a paper for Fasttrackdebtrelief program. I was researching it..I am scared now.I don’t trust it. I saw your name in reviews about Fast Track.I need advise~~It is Saturday I am overwhelmed with a large amount of debt..I am struggling to pay … Read more

A Good Credit Score Can Save Me How Much Money? – Infographic

Often times when dealing with a financial problem it is not possible to keep your credit score in top notch condition. But after the crisis passes, striving for a good credit score is a good thing to do, even if you don’t plan to go deep in debt ever again. Here is a great infographic … Read more

Forgotten Regulations That You Can Use to Make Your Creditors Treat You Fairly

If you are concerned about the way credit card companies and other lenders do business, you will be pleased to discover a little known regulation enacted for your protection. Regulation Z, or the Truth in Lending Law, regulates certain credit card practices and helps you know the true cost of credit and achieve a fair … Read more

Terry Goddard Highlights Changes in Credit Card Regulations

(Phoenix, Ariz. – March 9, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today advised consumers about recent changes in federal law that require credit card issuers to disclose more information to customers. These laws also affect how the credit cards are marketed, advertised and managed. Last year, Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) … Read more

Secret Credit Bureaus You Don’t Know About, But They Know About You

So let me tell you a story about secret credit bureaus that you don’t know about. Most of us have some knowledge about the three major credit bureaus that hold our credit report and credit score. The three biggies are Equifax, Experian and Transunion. But there are more places that hold information about you. Have … Read more

Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR

Outrage Over Credit Cards with 222% APR QCK, UK – 1 hour ago The money must then be repaid at a rate that is more than 10 times the average APR of a credit card. Debt groups and politicians have expressed anger at the …