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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...

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...

Debt Collectors Sued For Allegedly Impersonating Law Enforcement

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 04.19.2012 | Business

Debt collectors in West Virginia, watch out. The state is coming for you. West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit against seven un...

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...

Not So Fast: Judge Blocks Hospital Merger As Regulators Warn Of Risk To Consumers' Wallets

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

Antitrust regulators have won a round in their fight to stop two Illinois hospitals from merging, a development the Federal Trade Commission says if p...

Homeowners Stuck With High Rates Even After Refinancing Program

Posted 04.06.2012 | Business

By Cora Currier ProPublica Some homeowners are getting stuck with relatively high interest rates even after they participate in the government's p...

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.

Who's Responsible For All These Scams?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 05.19.2012 | Business
Christopher Elliott

The process of making sure you don't leave your data lying around carelessly starts when you spend the first dollar of your allowance and develops as you become a gainfully-employed, taxpaying citizen.

Hospitals Under The Gun For...

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business

Federal antitrust regulators are targeting the flood of hospital mergers that emerged in the wake of the new health care legislation. Hospital comp...

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?

Some Of Those Car Dealer Ads May Be Too Good To Be True

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 05.14.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Beware of car dealer ads that promise to pay off the loan on your trade-in. In a first-of-its-kind case, the Federal Trade Commiss...

REPORT: Feds Subpoena Apple In Google Antitrust Probe

Posted 05.13.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Antitrust regulators investigating Google for potential antitrust violations have asked Apple Inc how it incorporates Googl...

Mortgage Lenders Aren't The Only Ones Accused Of Robo-Signing

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business

Apparently robo-signing might not be a practice reserved solely for the foreclosure crisis. West Virgnia's attorney general is suing two units of ...

Americans Got A Little Bit Less Angry At Banks Last Year

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

* Complaints against banks drop 30 pct-BBB * Payday lender complaints rise * Banks facing new restrictions on consumer p...

Catherine New

Stopping Lawless Debt Collectors From Harassing You

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

Cebilla DeCastro still disconnects her phone at night, afraid of the calls from creditors. The 48-year-old prep cook filed for bankruptcy in June 2...

The Rising Threat Of Identity Theft

Reuters | Posted 02.13.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Identity theft and other scams cost Americans $1.52 billion last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said on Tue...

The Other Sort of Domestic Abuse

Bill Bartmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

For every complaint, how many people did not complain because they felt ashamed about their debt, scared about the consequences of complaining, or simply thought that nothing would happen if they reported the abuse?

Jeffrey Young

Your Hospital Bills Could Get Worse With Mergers

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

An uptick in hospital mergers is grabbing the attention of federal regulators, who are sounding alarms about potential increases in health care costs....

Gerry Smith

Consumer Privacy 'Bill of Rights' Seeks To Give Web Users More Control Over Their Data

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.23.2012 | Technology

The Obama administration on Thursday will unveil a consumer privacy "bill of rights" that aims to give web users more control over how their personal ...

Catherine New

Look Who's Outsourcing

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Gerry Smith

Mobile Apps For Kids May Be Violating Privacy Law, FTC Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.17.2012 | Technology

Dozens of mobile apps for kids, from alphabet and word games to flash cards and puzzles, do not disclose how they use children's personal data and may...

Fake Suicide Call Prompts Woman To Sue Big Bank

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

These days, debt collectors are putting some people through so much pain that it's landing them in the hospital. Anne Sessions of Lane County, Oreg...

Government Agency Continues Its Fight Against Abusive Debt Collectors

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

The government's efforts to police debt collectors -- an ongoing battle that has drawn in countless ranks of cash-strapped consumers in recent years -...

Consumer Debt Buyer To Pay Millions To Settle Deception Allegations

AP | By JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's largest consumer debt buyers will pay a $2.5 million civil fine to settle deception allegations. The Federal Trade ...