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Crackdown on two abusive, phony debt collectors

The Federal Trade Commission is the federal government's consumer protection agency. As such, the FTC recently announced that it has obtained court orders to freeze assets and stop two businesses from posing as legitimate debt collection agencies in pursuit of genuine debts.

Risks and rewards in used car buying

Over the past several years, the Philadelphia economy has gotten mixed reviews. Some aspects of the economy have been strong while others could use a bit more beefing up. For the average person, the spotty news means that it is often wise to keep the belt tight, especially when making major purchases such as automobiles.

A man of many disguises and one consumer scam

He was sometimes a government official, sometimes an investigator and sometimes an FBI agent. Sometimes when he called people on the phone, he would tell them that he was sending a police officer to arrest them and sometimes he claimed that he would come and do it personally.

Even the powerful must contend with abusive debt collectors

It began innocently enough when she changed her cellphone number. The U.S. Senator began to receive calls at her newly acquired number for a man named Gus. Elizabeth Warren didn't know who Gus might be, but she knew that the collection agency that was after him was pushing the limits of what is allowed in collections efforts.

Advice for avoiding car repossession

As regular readers of our Philadelphia Consumer Protection Law Blog know, our goal is to share information that can help you protect yourself and your finances whenever possible. To that end, we are going to pass along some tips read recently for people who believe that their car might be repossessed.

Auto loan delinquencies and repossessions on the rise

No doubt you remember the financial crisis of 2008. Unprecedented numbers of homes were foreclosed on in Philadelphia and across the nation, unemployment surged, the stock market tanked and President Bush and his advisers openly worried that the U.S. banking system might not survive.

More children's products recalled in 2016

When we shop for things for our children, we think of safety before we consider cost. After all, we while we normally get what we pay for, we shouldn’t have to sacrifice for safety. According to a report provided by the non-profit group Kids in Danger (KID), the number of children’s products that were recalled last year has increased dramatically.  

Car repossession device can wreak havoc

She and her husband needed a car to get her to dialysis five times every week. Because the couple did not have a lot of money, they had to go to a car dealer that offered financing regardless of credit history. Unsurprisingly, the terms were pretty painful: a 2007 Chevy with over 100,000 miles would cost the couple more than $21,000. The interest rate was 29 percent, which was almost six times the average.

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