Category Archives: Consumer Protection

Identity- 5 steps to protect it

Experts estimate as many as 15 million U.S. residents have their identities stolen each year, costing Americans an estimated $50 billion. Another 100 million have their personal information placed at risk when it is stolen or lost by the government or other businesses. Unfortunately, identity theft has become one of the most costly and pervasive crimes plaguing U.S. adults.

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$3.2 Million Fine by FTC is Not Enough

For all those debtors out there struggling to do the right thing, I am glad the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently has fined the world’s largest debt collect agency $3.2 million dollars for violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), but I fear it is really not enough.

The Apex Building, headquarters of the Federal...

FTC Headquarters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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A Look at Consumer Protection and Problems for 2013

English: Frame of an animation by the U.S. Fed...

English: Frame of an animation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/ecards/phishing/index.html intended to educate citizens about phishing tactics. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2013 is fast approaching, and it is time to take a look at consumer protection for the new year and the problems that might be encountered. Consumer problems are closely associated with consumers facing bankruptcy. In recent months, the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) has begun clamping down on businesses that use unfair business practices against consumers. Continue reading