When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

Personal Finance

When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

When Debt Collectors Go After American War Heroes

When it comes to scandalous behavior by debt collectors, I thought I’d heard it all. This is an industry known for its bottom feeders, who routinely bully and intimidate the weakest and most vulnerable among us. Many debt collectors berate and humiliate people into paying off debts that never existed, and pursue people for years,… Read More

Two Sure Things in Life: Death & Facebook

Identity Theft

Two Sure Things in Life: Death & Facebook

Two Sure Things in Life: Death & Facebook

What happens to our Facebook profile when we die? Who gets to connect with us on LinkedIn, post pictures of us on Pinterest, or view our photos on Flickr after we have shuffled off this mortal coil and left these worlds — both the physical and the virtual — behind? These are brand-new questions that… Read More

Banks Still Raking In the Profits from Overdraft Fees

Personal Finance

Banks Still Raking In the Profits from Overdraft Fees

Banks Still Raking In the Profits from Overdraft Fees

If you’ve ever witnessed a great white shark attack, you know the meaning of the word “relentless.” The giant creature’s dorsal fin traces a circle in the water as it spots a vulnerable victim; the shark makes a first strike, then a second and a third, coolly and methodically; the victim struggles, weakens and finally… Read More

5 Ways Romney Will Roll Back Consumer Protections

Personal Finance

5 Ways Romney Will Roll Back Consumer Protections

5 Ways Romney Will Roll Back Consumer Protections

Mitt Romney’s now-infamous statement, “My job is not to worry about those people,” pretty much sums up the Republican nominee’s true feelings about who he represents. And if you’re in serious debt, it doesn’t seem like he’s too worried about you, either. If you are among the 22.4 million people who owe college debt, a… Read More

The Secret Ties Between Debt Collectors & DAs

Managing Debt

The Secret Ties Between Debt Collectors & DAs

The Secret Ties Between Debt Collectors & DAs

Of all the debt collection scams, the ones that inspire the greatest panic come over the phone. A menacing, often almost incomprehensible voice, claiming to represent a creditor, demands immediate payment of a supposed debt. Otherwise, the caller threatens, the consumer could be arrested and thrown in jail. “Outrageous!” we tell the many consumers who… Read More

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

Identity Theft

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

94 Million Exposed: The Government’s Epic Fail on Privacy

When you hear a number like “94 million” in the news, it’s usually because somebody won the lottery. This time around, no such luck. This 94 million is the number of Americans’ files in which personal information has been exposed, since 2009, to potential identity theft through data breaches at government agencies.  Go ahead, count… Read More

The Great iPhone ID Caper: What Really Happened?

Identity Theft

The Great iPhone ID Caper: What Really Happened?

The Great iPhone ID Caper: What Really Happened?

If you’re someone who cares about your privacy, these are indeed strange times. When everything from your iPhone to your iPad (and every derivation in between) is secretly tracking your every move from behind its colorful screen, when advertisers gather enough information about you to know you’re pregnant even before your parents do, it’s clear… Read More

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

Personal Finance

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

The Most Outrageous Tax of the Year

It just may become the latest outrage during a year of outrages. At the precise moment when the federal government finally delivers a modicum of justice and some economic relief to millions of homeowners victimized by the nation’s largest banks, the government threatens to beat those victims over the head with a punitive old favorite… Read More

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