Debt Collectors – What They Can and Can’t Do

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There are few calls that elicit as much dread and frustration as a debt collector. Yes, even more than those extended car warranty calls! While it’s probably not a number saved in your phone, you know who the number belongs to. Each time it calls you get that sickly feeling – fear, shame, anxiety, anger, and annoyance. We’ve all been there at some point, for one reason or another, and besides calling constantly, you may or may not be aware that there are some rules that debt collectors do have to follow.

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Bankruptcy 101 – Pros and Cons

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Over the past decade, filing for bankruptcy has become far less taboo – good, bad or indifferent it’s become far more mainstream for both businesses and individuals. 

For individuals, there are 2 types of Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 and Chapter 13. With Chapter 7 you must have an insufficient income to allow you to pay at least a portion of your debts. Under Chapter 7, you either pay for or give up your property for secured debts. You surrender any nonexempt property in order to pay off as much of your other debt as possible. You keep all of your other exempt property and are forever released from any obligation to repay the remaining dischargeable debt.

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Telemarketers: How to spot them and how they get your number

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With the invent of email, instant messaging, texting and video chat it’s become the social norm to ASK permission to call someone – especially in business.   So why does it seem like our phones are ringing more and more? Well, odds are it’s a telemarketer and their getting sneakier and sneakier – calling from “local” phone numbers to get you to answer. Telemarketing isn’t necessarily illegal, but it’s certainly annoying.  

Why is it happening and what can you do about it?

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Identifying Phishers, Scammers and the “Alleged Debt Collectors”

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Hackers and scammers have honed their craft to the level that even the savviest become victims.  From spoofed email accounts from well-known banks and credit card institutions alerting individuals their account has been compromised to robo-phone dialers with local numbers who appear to know quite a bit about you – the situation with ID theft and social engineering is only going to get worse.

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