Consumer Scams Story

Story

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

QUESTIONS

  • 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?
  • I just received a bill for wastewater services for 15 years in the amount of $5000. This is the first bill I have ever received. They sent a letter that they have waived late fees and penalties. What should I do?
  • My now ex-wifes boyfriend drove my car I let her have because of our son and he wrecked it. I had to take a loan out to cover the remainder fees of the car loan and she agreed to help pay it back to me. Now they refuse to pay. What can I do?
  • My husband received a letter from his ex-wife yesterday regarding paying a debt that was owed from 2004 income tax is he obligated to pay the amount in the divorce decree the amount is from 2004 and they divorced in 2007.
  • My mom passed in 2014. I was on her checking account because she could not see well and I wrote her bills for her. Now the bank says I have to pay her line of credit, and they keep slapping late fees and interest on it every month. My only income is social security. Please tell me what to do and what can they do to hurt me? Thank you
  • My father was in a group home in Casa Grande and then died. It's been over 60 days and they have yet to refund his $500 security deposit. We live in Michigan and wonder if we can file a small claim but not have to be present.
  • my father( 92)was admitted into nursing home and his SS is paying for it .My mother is (89) and still living in her home with my niece caring for her.My mother only receives SS and a small pension and is having a hard time just paying her reg bills.She has about 13,000 dollars in credit car debt which she has stopped paying .Can the CC companies take her house .
  • Iam a 82 year old widow living on my husbands retirement and ss . My house is paid of , but I pay a small common fee . I recently took out a 130000 loan against my house to help my Granddaughter build a new house . She is now going through a divorce and is not paying me for the loan ( always two months late). The bank is threatening forclosure against my home I am living in. I was going to take a loan against my retirement to pay off the loan . The new house is in my Granddaughters name and her ex is living in it . Can I have my name put on the house and have her pay me rent without bad tax implications. I have three children that this house should be on the estate . The bank has been sending preforclosure papers against the house I live in . I am afraid I am going to lose everything . My Grandaughter refuses to sell her house snd pay me back . I dont want to hurt her . I was only trying to help . She has a new baby
  • 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.
  • 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.

STORIES

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

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