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Know your rights with debt collectors
Know your rights with debt collectors Protect Your Rights & Identity October 10, 2017
The phone rings for the 1,000th time and it's a debt collector again. Do you have any rights? What are…
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Bill proposed by lawyer would exempt lawyers from debt-collection liability Collection Agencies September 25, 2017
A proposed bill that would exempt lawyers and law firms from liability in cases involving abusive debt-collection practices is raising…
Don’t mess with the Girl Scouts by welching on cookie debt!
Don’t mess with the Girl Scouts by welching on cookie debt! Protect Your Rights & Identity August 22, 2016
The Girl Scouts of Utah don't play when it comes to collecting the funds to pay for their world-famous cookies.…
Debt collectors may not be able to call you as often under new rules
Debt collectors may not be able to call you as often under new rules Money & Credit July 28, 2016
Debt collectors would face strict new limitations onhow (and when) they contact consumers under a sweeping proposal announced Thursday by…
7 questions every debt collector should be able to answer
7 questions every debt collector should be able to answer Money & Credit May 19, 2016
A “debt collector” call can arrive at any time for just about anyone. Even if you’ve never missed a payment…
Man arrested over an old VHS rental late fee!
Man arrested over an old VHS rental late fee! Protect Your Rights & Identity March 24, 2016
If you have Netflix, late fees for movie rentals are an anachronism in your life. But that's not the case…
Man dies in jail after being arrested for unpaid medical bills
Man dies in jail after being arrested for unpaid medical bills Health February 25, 2016
A man arrested for outstanding medical bills was found dead in a jail cell shortly after being taken into custody.…
Bill collectors hound wrong man for nearly two decades
Bill collectors hound wrong man for nearly two decades Collection Agencies August 11, 2015
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Matthew J. Hartigan of Clearwater, Fla., had no idea he shared his name with a man who…
Never ignore a debt lawsuit—even if it’s not your debt
Never ignore a debt lawsuit—even if it’s not your debt Money & Credit June 17, 2015
Debt buying in America is a billion dollar industry. Every year credit card companies bundle tens of thousands of dollars…
How to fix errors on a credit report
How to fix errors on a credit report Money & Credit May 16, 2015
Remember the woman who sued Equifax for $18 million because they wouldn't fix errors on her credit report even after…
Drop Dead Letter to Collection Agencies
Drop Dead Letter to Collection Agencies Protect Your Rights & Identity April 30, 2015
Date:___________________ To whom it may concern: I have been contacted by your company about a debt you allege I owe.…
Protect against foreclosure deficiency claims
Protect against foreclosure deficiency claims Homes & Real Estate November 19, 2014
Have you been foreclosed on in the last 7 years? Bill collectors may be seeking what's called "deficiency." Here's what…
Woman Brings Late Husband’s Ashes to T-Mobile Store Over Dispute
Woman Brings Late Husband’s Ashes to T-Mobile Store Over Dispute Protect Your Rights & Identity November 18, 2014
We take it as almost an article of faith that our social media accounts will live on after we die.…
Annoyed by Robocalls? Here’s How One Man Got $22K From Robocaller
Annoyed by Robocalls? Here’s How One Man Got $22K From Robocaller Protect Your Rights & Identity October 30, 2014
Feeling frustrated by robocalls on your cellphone? Imagine being able to make the company behind the automatic dialing pay you…
How to resolve credit card disputes
How to resolve credit card disputes Money & Credit January 31, 2014
Are you dealing with a credit card dispute that seems unresolvable? Here's how to handle it.
Threatened with legal action? Could be a scammer
Threatened with legal action? Could be a scammer Protect Your Rights & Identity October 11, 2013
Debt collectors are falsely claiming to represent law firms and threatening you with legal action and even jail time if…
New government help for debt harassment
New government help for debt harassment Money & Credit August 18, 2013
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has new tools and advice for those being harassed by collectors for debts they do…
Debtors’ prison makes a return in some states
Debtors’ prison makes a return in some states Protect Your Rights & Identity April 19, 2013
I've long said to you as an article of faith that there is no debtors' prison in the United States.…
Debtors’ prison makes a return in some states
Len Penzo’s Consumer Blog on ClarkHoward.com Money & Credit April 18, 2013
Why Some Who Cut Expenses to the Bone Still Can't Make Ends Meet by Len Penzo of Len Penzo dot…
Debtors’ prison makes a return in some states
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New way to complain about errors on your credit reports
New way to complain about errors on your credit reports Money & Credit October 25, 2012
There's a new cop on the beat overseeing the credit reporting industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is now…
Hospitals stationing bill collectors in the ER
Hospitals stationing bill collectors in the ER Health April 25, 2012
If you thought health care couldn't get any worse in America, I'm about to shock you. The attorney general of…
Bogus collection calls coming from overseas
Bogus collection calls coming from overseas Protect Your Rights & Identity February 23, 2012
Imagine getting a call from India and being told to pay $500 on a suspicious debt or you'd be imprisoned…
Your rights when dealing with debt collectors
Your rights when dealing with debt collectors Protect Your Rights & Identity February 1, 2012
A leading debt-collecting agency has been fined for a pattern of unlawful attempts to collect on old debts. Asset Acceptance…
Your rights when dealing with debt collectors
Chase allegedly changed the amounts due on delinquent accounts Scams & Rip-Offs January 30, 2012
Agents of Chase Bank reportedly were jacking up the amount owed on some delinquent accounts before referring them out to…
Your rights when dealing with debt collectors
Big banks target grieving widows over debts they don’t owe Protect Your Rights & Identity December 6, 2011
The nation's biggest banks are specifically and strategically targeting grieving widows with harassing attempts to collect on the debts of…
Your rights when dealing with debt collectors
Protect yourself against debt collectors in cases of mistaken ID Protect Your Rights & Identity October 21, 2011
If you ever get a call or letter from a debt collector that you know is a case of mistaken…
Scam Alert: Bill Collector Calls
Scam Alert: Bill Collector Calls Scams & Rip-Offs October 4, 2011
The phone rings and it's a suspicious call about an outstanding debt from a supposed collector. Clark has a key…
How To Handle Abusive Collection Agencies
How To Handle Abusive Collection Agencies Money & Credit October 4, 2011
It pays to know your rights if you're being harassed by a collection agency. Clark explains the statute of limitations…
How To Handle Abusive Collection Agencies
Dealing with collectors calling about bills you don’t owe Protect Your Rights & Identity September 29, 2011
Are you receiving calls from collectors looking to collect on a debt that's not yours or isn't legitimate? Don't be…
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