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Debt Collection Fail

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.07.2012 | Business

Since a debt collector's job involves getting people to pay money they owe, you'd think every collection company would keep careful track of those out...

Ron Dicker

FTC Decides Pom Wonderful Falsely Advertised

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business

As part of a larger ruling on an FTC complaint, an administrative law judge on Monday issued a cease-and-desist order against Pom Wonderful to stop it...

Debt Collectors Demanded Bogus Magazine Subscription Debt Payments

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 05.17.2012 | Money

Americans that have been harassed for debts that they did not owe are about to see some justice. The debt collection agency Luebke Baker and Associ...

Woman Alleges She Was Harassed By Debt Collector As Her Home Burned

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

For one Texas woman, a contract she signed with a restoration company when her home set fire has turned into a debt nightmare. Mara Kafarela, a hom...

FTC Reportedly Probing Facebook's $1 Billion Deal

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith and D.M. Levine | Posted 07.10.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may have opened a probe into Facebook's purchase of photo-sharing app Instagram. The social network in April ann...

Michael Jordan Gatorade Ad Draws Harsh Criticism (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business

Many people who have a high fever can barely watch basketball, let alone play it at a championship level. So an ad that implies Michael Jordan's gulpi...

Text Scammers May Have To Pay Up

AP | MARCY GORDON | Posted 07.08.2012 | Money

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators are seeking $52.6 million from a billing company that they accuse of adding unauthorized charges to consumers' p...

Catherine New

Payday Hound Site Points To Alleged Illegal Lender, Offshore Loans

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.04.2012 | Money

A new online comparison site may be serving as a gateway to dangerous lending practices. The newly launched Payday Hound website advertises itsel...

Congressional Letter-Writing Campaign Helps Torpedo Voluntary Food Marketing Guidelines for Kids

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

While the proposed voluntary principles set for food marketers are ambitious and would take time to put into place, the public health stakes could not be higher.

Would You Fall For This Ad?

Loren Berlin | Posted 05.01.2012 | Money

In a major victory for consumers, the Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it won a hefty court judgment against four companies that all...

Fake Collectors Use Payday Lender Info To Scare People Into Paying Debts They Don't Owe

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Another day, another story of debt collectors acting shady. Some California residents recently started getting threatening calls from fake debt col...

Lawyer From Oklahoma City Bomber Case To Helm Google Probe

AP | MICHAEL LIEDTKE | Posted 06.27.2012 | Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Federal Trade Commission has hired a prominent trial lawyer to oversee its broad investigation into Google's business pract...

4 Steps to Take If You Are a Victim of Identity Theft

Women & Co | Posted 06.25.2012 | Money
Women & Co

What do you own that's more valuable than money and more precious than jewels, but can't be locked up in a safe? Your identity. And thieves will do anything to take it.

Debt Collectors Want To Be Your Friend On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Your Facebook profile can and will be used against you. A recent segment on KDVR, the Fox affiliate for Denver, reminds us that collection agencie...

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

In the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics, an Illinois woman found herelf jailed over a bill she didn’t even owe in the first place...

Payday Lenders Know You Gotta Spend Money To Make Money

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.20.2012 | Business

Consumer advocates in Washington have pledged to battle payday lenders, the quick-cash loan shops that often charge ruinously high interest rates to p...

Catherine New

This Couple Helped The FTC Bust Debt Collection Scam

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 04.11.2012 | Money

The police car was only 30 minutes away, the caller told Brenda Foster, 46. If she wanted to prevent her own arrest, she better cough up $300, ASAP, h...

The 10 Most Fraudulent States

24/7 Wall St. | Michael B. Sauter | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: When times are hard, fraud often gets worse. Americans are under great financial pressure, and there is no shortage of criminals w...

This Sneaky Trick Doesn't Work Anymore For Payday Lenders

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Lately, payday lenders have been linking up with Native American tribes as a way to sidestep U.S. law. Federal authorities seem less and less willi...

FTC's Digital Privacy Report Has Welcome Recommendations

Larry Magid | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

Thank you FTC for outlining a broad approach to transparency when it comes to accessing our own data. Now it's time for Congress to enact legislation that truly benefits consumers, not just those who profit from our information.

Robocaller Made 27 Calls A Second!

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

The phone calls came from "Stacey with account holder services." She prompted consumers to "press 1" to get more information. Waiting on the other end...

Gerry Smith

FTC Urges Congress To Shed Light On Opaque World Of Data Brokers

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology

The Federal Trade Commission on Monday called on Congress to shed light on the opaque world of data brokers who collect and sell consumer data but rem...

Refinery Murder Mystery

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

As fuel prices rise, companies like Sunoco and ConocoPhillips are closing the very facilities essential for producing fuels. It raises the question: why would corporations do that?

Feds Put Four Loko Under Fire

AP | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 03.01.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A carbonated brew guzzled on college campuses is the focus of an intense write-in campaign urging federal regulators to take some buzz o...

Looking For Sweet Whistleblower Cash? Don't Go To The FBI

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Getting ready to blow the whistle? Be careful who you hand the information to. Whistleblowers who go to the FBI to tip them off about financial fra...