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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 27, 2010 With credit scores, it should be equal access for all
QUOTE: Why in the world would Congress provide some consumers with free access to credit scores, but not others? This could happen under a measure being considered by lawmakers that would grant free access to people whose credit scores were used to deny them credit or a job.
Washington Post Apr 08, 2010 IRS registration of tax-return preparers is long overdue
QUOTE: The Internal Revenue Service has issued proposed guidelines in an effort to keep track of the estimated 1.2 million paid tax-return preparers....When the IRS issued its 2010 "dirty dozen" scams, tax-return preparation fraud topped the list.
Washington Post Feb 25, 2010 Second phase of Credit CARD Act changes begins (The Color of Money)
QUOTE: here we are in 2010, contending with a new law aimed at helping cardholders who have gotten deeply into debt for stuff they could not afford and have been kept there by lenders' policies.
Washington Post Jun 17, 2007 If You Take on Your Broker, You're Likely to Lose
QUOTE: If you have a beef with your broker and you go to arbitration, you'll be less likely to win. And if you do come out a victor, the amount you recover won't be nearly as much as you wanted, according to an analysis of about 14,000 New York Stock Exchange and NASD arbitration cases.
Washington Post May 31, 2007 When Relying on Online Brokers, Beware 'Move It or Lose It' Scams
QUOTE: The Internet has become a wonderful tool to find brokers to do the legwork in hunting down the lowest prices for everything from airline tickets to vacation rental homes. So naturally people are turning to Web-based brokers to help them choose a moving company. However, that may not be so smart or cost-effective. Using a moving broker may just lead you to a scam.
Washington Post May 17, 2007 How They'll Try to Sucker You, From 1 to 10
QUOTE: It's the top 10 ways people get involved in bogus or inappropriate investments. The list is compiled by the North American Securities Administrators Association. Some of the scams are old school. They've been around a long time and yet they continue to trap investors.
Washington Post May 10, 2007 Minorities, the Auto Loan Losers
QUOTE: An analysis of the most recent Federal Reserve Board's Survey of Consumer Finances data, completed on behalf of the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), found that in 2004, African American car buyers paid much higher loan rates on new and used autos than white Americans.
Washington Post Feb 18, 2007 Fake Checks That Make You Pay
QUOTE: True or false: If a check "clears" within the typical one to five business days but later is discovered to be fake, the bank customer who deposited the check and subsequently spends the money cannot be held financially responsible for the fraud. If you answered false, congratulations.
Washington Post Feb 08, 2007 Putting a Freeze on Identity Theft
QUOTE: A security freeze blocks access to your credit reports and credit scores. This is better than a fraud alert, which simply advises that you may be a victim of identity theft. With an active fraud alert, lenders can still access your file. However, with a freeze, consumers control access to their credit files.
Washington Post Oct 01, 2006 Shop Smart For Insurance
QUOTE: it's not just picking the right health plan at work that confounds consumers when it comes to insurance choices. Many people aren't getting the best deal for their auto insurance. Or they don't have enough disability insurance, if they have it at all. Or there are gaps in their homeowner's insurance coverage. Kimberly Lankford, a columnist at Kiplinger's Personal Finance who has covered the industry for 10 years, says many people make big mistakes when they purchase insurance.
Washington Post Sep 07, 2006 Spending Tax Dollars to Collect Them
QUOTE: The IRS, under a project authorized by the 2004 American Jobs Creation Act to collect delinquent tax bills, has been forced to hire private collection agencies to do a job the agency could do for much less. Isn't outsourcing supposed to save money?
Washington Post Aug 20, 2006 The Debt Is Yours Alone
QUOTE: if a company bought our debt for pennies on the dollar, why should we pay more than that? There are two reasons why it matters. First, you are morally obligated. You contracted the debt, and the deal your creditor cuts to get that money shouldn't be your concern.
Washington Post May 21, 2006 On the Internet, A Sea of Suckers
QUOTE: If you are curious about a suspicious e-mail, there is nothing wrong with checking it out. Try this Web site: http://www.snopes.com/ ...What you should never do is forward these e-mails. And if you do, don't think it's a harmless action.
Washington Post May 07, 2006 Check Bounced? Be Scared
QUOTE: But Public Citizen and the National Consumer Law Center are complaining to the media and to Congress that some check-diversion companies -- most notably, California-based American Corrective Counseling Services Inc. (ACCS) -- are engaging in abusive and deceptive collection practices.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2006 'Punk'd': A Cautionary Tale
QUOTE: NASD announced recently that it had fined Merrill Lynch $5 million for allegedly holding impermissible sales contests, failing to supervise advisers and other violations in connection with the operation of a financial call center...
Washington Post Jan 29, 2006 Taming the Predators
QUOTE: The practice of predatory lending strips billions of dollars in home equity from low-income and minority consumers each year...it's hard to get sympathy or needed federal legislation enacted for low-income borrowers or people with poor credit because, often, the sentiment is that these folks get what they deserve.
Washington Post Nov 20, 2005 An Online Calculator That Figures the Real Costs of Mutual Funds
QUOTE: ...NASD, the private-sector regulator for the securities industry, has introduced a new and improved mutual fund expense analyzer. After using it, I feel like yelling "Eureka."
Washington Post Oct 23, 2005 Little Green Lies
QUOTE: Would you ever lie to your spouse about your spending?
Washington Post Jul 24, 2005 Max Out Your Credit Knowledge
QUOTE: "...Is it a certain percentage of your credit-card credit overall or a percentage of your credit on a particular card?" The credit-scoring algorithm looks at the credit utilization rate for each active account and, separately, a person's credit usage for several accounts together...
Washington Post Jun 12, 2005 Be a Fierce Guardian Of Your Personal Data
QUOTE: "If you had to guess, how many companies would you say have enough of your personal data stored in various databases to make even a rookie crook ready for prime-time conning?"
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