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

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

Mortgages

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

MegaBanks Finally Ready to Modify Mortgages… Don’t Miss Out!

Hell has frozen over! After years of lawsuits and investigations by federal and state law enforcement agencies — not to mention some hard-ass negotiations by the U.S. Department of Justice and 49 state Attorneys General (shout-outs to AGs Eric Schneiderman of New York, Beau Biden of Delaware, and Kamala Harris of California) — mortgage servicers… Read More

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Identity Theft

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Hail to the Thief: Clinton Speech Opens Up ID Theft Possibility

Was it excessive exuberance? Was it judgmental deficiency? Was it the thrill of hearing a barnburner by the President of the World? Well, whatever it was, it was a dangerous mistake. Last night at the Democratic National Convention, during a particularly rousing segment of President Clinton’s forceful and unabashed dissection of the Republican depiction of… Read More

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

Personal Finance

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

Romney’s Rage Against Regulation

The people who brought you the Great Economic Meltdown of 2008 have a new idea for you — although if they get their way, you’ll never hear about it. In fact, one of the most striking things about the new push to undo the consumer-friendly financial reforms that followed the crash is the open contempt… Read More

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

Identity Theft

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

For Ransom: Your Medical Records

It started out as a data breach like many others. The hackers penetrated the computer network of a small medical practice in a wealthy suburb of northern Illinois, The Surgeons of Lake County, and broke into a server containing email and electronic medical records. But instead of sneaking out undetected and selling the stolen data… Read More

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