Consumer Scams Story

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I heard a knock on the door and opening it saw a nice looking young man with a kind voice and solid handshake. He told me that he had heard about the loss of my husband and knew that he had suffered with cancer. He asked how I was doing, (he was so kind), I invited him in. He explained that he understood how financially draining long illnesses can be on the family budget and he knew I didn't want to be a burden to my children. He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral, said he knew that my late husband wouldn't want me worrying about money.
I couldn't believe I was fooled. Maybe it was because I was so desperate, but the thought that I came so close to being homeless is devastating. I felt like an old fool. I am so glad I asked for help because I couldn't bring myself to tell the kids. The volunteer attorney got them to forgive all the prepayment penalties and the local bank gave me a new loan that I could afford (the one the nice young man offered cost $100 more a month than I received to live on!) I am so grateful for the help. I still have my home and my memories.

by: Francis

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  • I have 13000 in credit card debt. I'm living on my social security which is 1281.00 a month. My rent is 560.00 amonth. I can't make payments on this debt. Can you tell me what I can do. What would happen if I just don't pay it
  • My wife has a debt that she has not been able to pay because she has no income and has not had income for 5 years. The collection company has frozen our bank account and I cannot pay our bill now. She has not made any deposits to this joint account. How can I get this hold off of our account? she does not want to contact the collection company. All funds in this bank account are mine not her's. Thank you
  • My senior friend cannot pay her credit card debts (her son ran them up and then abandoned her). Her only income is Social Security and her home was inheirited (already paid off when it was inheirited). She cannot afford to file bankruptcy. She quit paying her debts over a year ago- sent them a letter stating that she cannot pay, fixed income etc. One of of the creditors recently sent a letter regarding arbitration. If she does not respond it means she agrees to their terms. I suggested to her that she respond by sending the original letter. Is there a better way to respond? Also, is her home safe from a judgement? I know her income is. I thought I read her home could not be taken. If true, would it require a lengthy court battle?
  • Our income is social security only. Is it safe from garnisement? I am currently paying 228 per month on a credit card settlement arrangement, and I can no longer afford it since I can no longer work. My health has failed. Please advise. Thank you.
  • what are the income guidelines
  • I have been sued for 1200.00 dollars for out of pocket expenses for medical bills by my neighbor how attack me and than lied in court ant the what ever she was believed her in stead of me and I did not do. Can they take my car? I am Social Security. All I have is my car that I still owe on. I go back and forth to the doctor and school for my AA. If they take my car I can not make it. I am below poverty level . not even 1,000.00 a month. Do I need to file for exemptions on my car and which one should I use. Do I have to file bankruptcy to file for exemptions? Or am I ok? Please help I have only a little time left I want to file an appeal & reconciliation.
  • cant pay my monthly payments on 6 credit cards my home is paid off can they take home are no just lien
  • As a 67 yr. old retiree with an income of 11,645 yearly from S.S. and a small retirement pension, are these monies subject to credit card debt collection? Other than two older vehicles, I have no assets.
  • I am 74 & receiving social security benefits. My wife has Parkenson's disease and receives government benefits and she also has a small part time job. I know that acreditor cannot touch benefits given by the federal government but what is the maximum money she can earn from her part time, i.e., $200, $400, whatever in a month's time yet is not subject to being garnished by a creditor? And what is the Arizona law stating this?
  • Hi my mom has a 2006 vehicle with nearly 30% interest and an 8k negative value. She has no assets and receives SS only. If she voluntarily returns the vehicle can they persue legal action? Make her pay the 8K?

STORIES

  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • He told me that I could actually get all the money I needed by using my home as collateral. . .
  • Age discrimination in the workplace. . .

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