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 owe a debt to a creditor for medical expenses. The creditor has increased the debt by charging me a penalty for not paying on time. Is this legal? Are all late fees penalties?
  • My question, as we are having buyer's remorse what are the consequences for us if we don't give the $8,000.00 and do not take possession of the vehicle?
  • I owe $8,000.00 in state income tax from 1991. I retired in 2012 & have no income except social security. can they attach my payments?
  • what are the income guidelines
  • I get my social security check on acard and put my bill money in my checking account and i got sick and can't make payments on my credits cardscan they get my bill money out of my checking account
  • 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?
  • When a person passes away are the outstanging debts,like credit cards passed on to their adult children?
  • My husband and i are both on Social security and we have credit card debit and can't make the payments on them, what can the credit card company do to get there money. We have got a letter to go to court for one of them, can they make us pay them?
  • I am 80 years old and I have to move, but the rental costs are so high (I have applied to HUD 2 yrs ago but nothing available) I can hardly buy food, and I don't get food stamps in Florida My question is If I just walk away from these debts what can the creditors do to me. I don't own anything but an old car.
  • cant pay my monthly payments on 6 credit cards my home is paid off can they take home are no just lien

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

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