The Navy Tells Jonathan to Contact Me For Advice

Dear Steve, I’m a 30-year-old married man, 2 children. My wife lost her six-figure-a-year job in real estate. Since then, we have lost two homes to foreclosure, 1 vehicle repossessed, and 15 major credit cards maxed out and not paid for 2 yrs+. Everything is in the collection. We have about $1.2 million in unpaid … Read more

We’ve Been to Credit Counseling But Should We File For Bankruptcy?

Dear Steve Hi! I am a piano teacher, and due to the bad economy have very few students, even though I am used to having plenty. We just moved because we could no longer afford where we lived. We gave up our house in a deed in lieu of foreclosure. My husband took a cut … Read more

I’ve Got a Low Income But Keep Getting Credit and Wonder How to Best Use It

Question: Dear Steve, I have an unusual situation, I guess. I have relatively low income due to some health issues, but my brain works. Despite my low income, credit card companies and banks seem to be dying to loan me money. I was even able to get a mortgage and pay it off. Now I … Read more

4 Tips for Living Without Credit Cards

Credit cards can be good financial tools for the responsible consumer. In this day and age they can also feel absolutely essential since some stores, vendors and even airlines require plastic (though you can use a debit card too). But credit card spending can also lead to debt if not done responsibly. Switching to a cash-only … Read more

Credit Card Fraud Protection in Australia, UK and the US

In Australia, United States and United Kingdom, credit card use appears much the same. The names are familiar – Amex, MasterCard and Visa are the dominant players in all three markets. But the card issuers responsibilities to consumers aren’t quite equal. While U.K .and U.S. consumer protection schemes have convened into a general code for … Read more

University of Georgia Ph.D. Student Sentenced For Fraud And Identity Theft

In early December, Carlton Lewis, a former Ph.D. student was sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in an identity theft and credit card fraud conspiracy. Throughout the conspiracy, Lewis, who was enrolled as a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia, provided credit and debit card skimming devices to waitresses working in … Read more

East Coast Credit Card Fraud Ringleader Gets 12 Years In Prison

An identity thief was sentenced earlier this month to 12 years in prison for managing and east coast credit card fraud ring. Jonathan Oliveras, used counterfeit credit cards encoded with stolen account information up and down the East Coast of the United States and has been sentenced for this crime. In addition to his 12 … Read more

Retail Store Credit Cards: How Many = Too Many?

“Would you like to save 10 percent on your purchase today by applying for a retail store credit card?” Does that sound familiar? Just about every major clothing and electronics store has promotion aimed at getting people to sign up for a store-specific credit card. But what you don’t know about retail store credit cards … Read more

Couple Faces Serious Jail Time For Their $25 Million Nationwide Telemarketing Fraud Scam

Kara Singleton Adams, from Georgia, was found guilty last week on charges of wire fraud, conspiracy, and structuring financial transactions, relating to a $25 million nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Already convicted in this scheme are three co-defendants including Adams’ husband, Jason James Eyer, James Adolph Schoenholz, and Brittany Dunphy. All three pleaded guilty to related … Read more

I Was Building a New House But the Bank Won’t Give Us What it Appraised For So I Put the Rest on My Credit Cards. – John

“Dear Damon, Was building a new house.. Went to close on long term loan.. The bank would not give us what it was appraised for. I had to you all saving to not lose the house.. I put the rest on credit cards. I could not keep up with card and all other expenses. I … Read more

Scott Writes Me and Asks For Help – “We Are Behind And Overwhelmed”

Scott wrote to me at GetOutOfDebt.org and asked me the following question. If you have a question you can visit GetOutOfDebt.org and ask for my free help also. “Dear Steve, We have too many bills and not enough money. We owe $30,000 in debt besides my mortgage. We are behind about 1-2 months are most … Read more

Teresa Writes In “I Have Too Many Credit Cards”

Teresa “Dear Steve, I have too many credit cards. Where do I start to get rid of them? Teresa” Dear Teresa, Credit cards don’t magically appear in our wallets or purses. They appear because we have done something or participated in some process to agree to these credit instruments. The first step to get rid … Read more

Opal Writes In “I’m Worried About Hurting My Credit If I Close Credit Card Accounts”

Opal “Dear Steve, I have two or three credit card that are debt free. Should I close these accounts since I don’t use them and don’t need but one active card? Would it go against my credit to close these? Opal” Dear Opal, As strange as this may sound, with only two or three credit … Read more