Tag: debt

It could start with an unexpected text message or email like this:

ALERT! YOUR PAYMENT FOR $$IS SCHEDULED FOR 6/19/15CALL XXX-XXX-XXXX

Hold on. The message is a lie. You don’t have payment arrangements with anyone. So...

If you’re behind in paying your bills, or a creditor’s records mistakenly make it appear that you are, a debt collector may be contacting you.

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces...

The caller is irate, intimidating and — despite the foul language — sounds convincing. He says you must make good on a payday loan or your wages will be garnished. If you applied for a payday loan before, you might start questioning your memory...

When National Consumer Protection Week starts on Sunday, it will mark the 17th year of a growing partnership. NCPW now includes 89 federal, state and local agencies and non-profits working together to connect people with the best consumer...

On the heels of their victory against National Check Registry, the FTC and the New York Attorney General teamed up again to announce two complaints against debt collectors that allegedly used a slew of abusive and deceptive tactics to pressure...

Many people who take out payday loans have trouble paying them off quickly. A recent FTC case shows how dishonest companies can take advantage of people who can’t make their payments, while fees and interest costs grow.

Payday Support...

Have you seen a sign offering a car title loan — also known as a pink-slip loan, title pledge or title pawn? These loans use your paid-off car as collateral, and you get a small, short-term loan with a high interest rate. You usually have to...

It’s about that time again. Are you ready?

Every year, National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW) encourages people and businesses to learn more about avoiding scams and understanding consumer rights. This year, NCPW takes place March 1-7,...

When it comes to dealing with debt collectors, you have rights. That’s why the FTC created a new publication called Cobradores de Deuda. This Spanish-language graphic novel tells people about the rules for debt collectors, and what to do if a...

Do you trust me because I speak Spanish? That sounds like a strange question, but in some communities – and in some situations – it could be enough for someone to trust a stranger.

At the Fraud Affects Every Community workshop recently held...

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