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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  • If a medical provider does not bill you for more than a year, can they charge late fees or interest on the 20% Medicare did not pay? The doctor's office said it was due to a "software problem" in its billing program.
  • My granddaughter had me open an account with a store for a fence and now she refuses to pay. Lawyers for the store are taking me to court. I can't afford it. The house has been sold and new owners are enjoying the fence. I don't know what to do. She has moved to Florida but i don't know where.
  • Where can I find a LOW cost or NO cost attorney for filing bankruptcy in YUMA, ARIZONA?
  • I am sending this for my mother. My dad left her his retirement to her but nothing else. She has about $25,000 in credit card debt (they bought a vehicle using a credit card with a 2% interest)and has an income of about $4,277 including retirement, veterans benefits and ss. Everything was fine until ill health made it impossible for her to live alone. She sold her mobile home, put the $$ in savings and moved into a senior apartment. She has recently moved into a more expensive assisted care living. Her income is enough to pay her rent but we still have to pay her $600 a month credit cards bills that my dad left her with. She only has about $1,100 in saving so either she files for bankrupcy or she just doesn't pay her credits cards anymore. She does use her credit cards so bad credit will not hurt her. I am sure that her current living location will not kick her out as long as she is paying her rent. What will happen if she doesn't pay her credit card bills anymore?
  • 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.
  • cant pay my monthly payments on 6 credit cards my home is paid off can they take home are no just lien
  • In the pass about 4 months ago I hped my niece out a couple times and paid on her Sprint account since then she has cancelled the account well since I paid on her account 4 times with my debit card Sprint has taken my money from my account since I helped her and pAid her bill 4 times took out 4000 of my money they won't help me recovery my money my bank won't help me since I helped her and pAid in the pass...i need help that was so the money we had and now nobody will help me recovery my money ..please someone any one help I never had Sprint just helped my niece out.thus is not my debit
  • IF I CAN'T PAY MY CREDIT CARD DEBTS. AND MY HOUSE IS ON A REVERSE MORG. WITH NO FUNDS LEFT. CAN THEY TAKE MY HOUSE?
  • 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?
  • my husband had a stroke Friday night.He will be in hospital few more days then sent to a facility for physical therapy.He managed all the finances.Is there a way to hold off creditors?I am scared.

STORIES

  • I just helped my mother, age 89, deal with her Medicare HMO. . .
  • 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. . .

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