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Archive for February, 2013

Debt Collector Palisades Collections Accused of Harassing Innocent Consumers

Action News Reports Palisades Collections Waged War on United States Military Veteran with Impeccable Credit Score CreditLaw.com attorney, Amy Bennecoff, sat down with Action News’ Nydia Han to talk about the case of Frank Stack v. Palisades Collections, warning viewers about the deceptive practices of the New Jersey-based debt collector and advising consumers of their…

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Big Named Banks Partake In Payday Loan Profits

By K&S on February 27th, 2013 | No Comments

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With 12.5 million Americans unemployed and many facing inevitable debt harassment, consumers are turning to online payday loans, often with obscene interest rates in excess of 500 percent, to make ends meet. To the financially strapped, worrying about today has displaced planning for tomorrow, virtually assuring future financial problems, ruinous effects to their credit report…

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Demand for High-Interest Payday Loans Soars in Minnesota

By K&S on February 26th, 2013 | No Comments

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Residents of Minnesota are turning to high-interest payday loans and other services outside the mainstream banking system, controversial enterprises that operate through a loophole to dodge state restrictions. The demand for these types of loans more than doubled in recent years, from 170,000 loans in 2007 to 350,000 in 2011, the highest reported to the…

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FTC Takes Action in Pay Day Loan Scam, Financially Vulnerable Consumers Should Be Vigilant Of Others

By K&S on February 21st, 2013 | No Comments

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On February 20th, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced victory, at least temporarily, in halting unauthorized credit card transactions involving thousands of consumers. The scammers charged credit cards for non-existent goods and services totaling more than $25 million, targeting financially vulnerable consumers who had at some point prior to the transaction, applied for a pay…

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FTC Action Halts Operation That Billed More Than $25 Million to Consumers’ Bank and Credit Card Accounts without Their Consent

By K&S on February 21st, 2013 | No Comments

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At the Federal Trade Commission’ request, a federal court has temporarily halted an operation that allegedly used an intricate web of concealment to debit hundreds of thousands of consumers’ bank accounts and bill their credit cards more than $25 million without their consent. The court also froze the defendants’ assets and appointed a receiver to…

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FTC Study Shows Five Percent of Consumers Pay More for Goods & Services Due to Errors on Credit Reports

Check Your Credit Report for Free Using AnnualCreditReport.com & Dispute Suspicious Activity A recent congressionally-mandated study of the U.S. credit reporting industry, by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), found that five percent of consumers had errors on one of their three major credit reports. The results make it clear that consumers should check their reports…

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Credit reporting agency Equifax is selling your salary information to debt collectors

By K&S on February 13th, 2013 | 2 Comments

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NBC News recently exposed credit reporting agency Equifax’s practice of selling 190 million employment and salary records, covering more than one-third of U.S. adults, to debt collectors, financial service companies and other entities under its subsidiary, The Work Number. Odds are you are among the unsuspecting victims, which can result in debt harassment. Here is…

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Debt Collection Horror Stories

Debt collector horror stories abound: There are threats to dig up the dead relatives of those who couldn’t pay their funeral bills, promises to imprison debtors or take their children into custody — even warnings that pets will be killed. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, collectors are prohibited from threatening violence, using profane…

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Craig Thor Kimmel Talks with WVMW-FM’s ‘What Vets Need to Know’ About Debt Collection Harassment

CreditLaw.com’s Craig Thor Kimmel tells veterans, military personnel and their families how to stop harassment by debt collectors on WVMW-FM’s “What Vets Need to Know.” Listen to learn how to protect yourself: What Vets Need to Know, Season 8, Show 19, February 05, 2013 – Debt Collection Harassment with Craig Thor Kimmel (Clicking the above…

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