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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Why the Pandemic May Be Hurting Your Credit Score- Consumer Reports


Consumers have a lot to do to stay financially healthy.  One of those priorities includes knowing what the credit bureaus are reporting.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Free Weekly Credit Reports Available Now!


Hard to think of a better way for a consumer to know what credit report companies are saying about them than checking your credit reports frequently.  Visit http://annualcreditreport.com/ for free weekly credit reports during the pandemic.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Study: CFPB complaints shattered records in 2020, exposing how the COVID-19 pandemic battered consumer finances


Confirmation of President Biden’s nominee Rohit Chopra will pivot agency back to only job: protecting consumers


WASHINGTON -- Consumer complaints about problems with financial companies such as banks, credit bureaus and debt collectors rose by more than 50 percent in 2020 and set new records for each month of the year, according to a new report from the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report, Consumers In Peril, which analyzed complaints received by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), was released Monday to kick off National Consumer Protection Week.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Reminder -- free credit reports


Reminder -- free credit reports available every week, not just once a year.   Know what's reporting about you including any errors.  

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Fake emails about fake money from a fake COVID-19 fund

Because of COVID-19, unemployment rates are high and many people’s cash flows are low. Scammers view these as ripe conditions to strike. They’ll stop at nothing — not even a pandemic — to trick you into sharing your personal or financial information. That includes pretending to be a government official from the Federal Trade Commission to gain your trust.  
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Banks Have No Idea Who’s Creditworthy Anymore - The Wall Street Journal


Prepandemic, deferrals weren’t much of a problem for banks. They were used rarely for most types of consumer debt and were usually confined to areas hit by natural disaster. Now, a staggering number of consumers around the U.S. are in deferral or other repayment programs, leading banks to question whether the credit scores and reports they have relied on for decades are reflecting applicants’ true level of risk.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Supreme Court Orders Restructuring of Consumer-Finance Watchdog - The Wall Street Journal


https://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-orders-restructuring-of-consumer-financial-protection-bureau-11593441215

The court rejected broader legal arguments that it should strike down the bureau—which was designed to protect consumers from abusive financial-industry practices on products like mortgages, student loans and credit cards—altogether.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

FBI Warns of Potential Fraud in Antibody Testing for COVID-19


ID theft comes in all flavors.  If you believe your personal identifier information has been compromised, visit annualcreditreport.com for free credit reports or purchase your credit reports and scores at myfico.com (for each of the three bureaus Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion). 

Scammers are marketing fraudulent and/or unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

An alarming number of people are complaining about their Citi credit card accounts


Problems with Citi or Synchrony bank credit cards?  If inaccurate credit reporting is involved, our firm may be able to help.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

"Lifelock’s Marketing Stunt Went Terribly, Laughably Wrong” by Sean Kernan


https://link.medium.com/zCLWzOure6

Our firm represents ID theft victims to address the credit report fallout.
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