Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

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Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

Help! I Owe $3,600 in Parking Tickets

It’s amazing how something small, like a parking ticket, can quickly snowball into something overwhelming. People receive debt collection notices over little things all the time, and while it’s easy to dwell on how the problem could have been prevented, time is much better spent trying to deal with the current issue: a pile of debt… Read More

The New Debt Collection Scam: Calling Your Mom

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The New Debt Collection Scam: Calling Your Mom

The New Debt Collection Scam: Calling Your Mom

Fraud-fighting organizations are reporting a new trend in debt-collection scams, in which fraudsters not only try to pressure people into forking over money they don’t owe but also harass targets’ family members and friends. Scammers rely on the social pressure and fear of job loss to get the victims to pay, according to a summary… Read More

How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

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How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

How Can You Prove a Debt Isn’t Yours?

Getting a letter from a debt collector can be disconcerting, especially if you were not aware of having debt. Your initial communication from the collector, called a demand letter, should contain information indicating how you can request more details. By law, you may request the debt collector validate the debt, and the collector must respond… Read More

5 Scary Facts About Debt Collectors

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5 Scary Facts About Debt Collectors

5 Scary Facts About Debt Collectors

Debt collectors have a bad reputation among consumers. Even debt collectors who are super friendly and do their jobs by the book are loathed or feared by many of the people on their call lists, because collectors remind them of financial frustration or trigger stress. It’s rare to hear someone say, “I really like my… Read More

Can Debt Collectors Call My Cellphone?

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Can Debt Collectors Call My Cellphone?

Can Debt Collectors Call My Cellphone?

Getting calls from debt collectors is never fun, but when they keep calling you on your cellphone, it can really send you over the edge. After all, you probably carry your cellphone with you virtually everywhere, and getting those calls when you’re in a meeting at work, at the supermarket or watching your kid’s soccer… Read More

Debts You Don’t Owe Top Collector Complaints

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Debts You Don’t Owe Top Collector Complaints

Debts You Don’t Owe Top Collector Complaints

Americans are tired of being hounded for debts they don’t owe (or at least debts they don’t think they owe), according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Some of the other complaints involve debt collectors using abusive language and threatening arrest for unpaid bills. The aggressive communication tactics and threats sound bad enough… Read More

How to Handle a Medical Debt You Don’t Owe

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How to Handle a Medical Debt You Don’t Owe

How to Handle a Medical Debt You Don’t Owe

Recently released data from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) found that one in five Americans was in a family having problems paying medical bills. And, one in 10 Americans was in a family with medical bills that they were unable to pay at all.  Not surprisingly, families with an uninsured member increased the odds… Read More

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