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CFPB Issues Statement On Penalties Against Two Debt Collection Agencies

Two of the largest collections agencies receive multi-million dollar penalties due to their use of abusive, unfair and deceptive practices to collect debts.

Posted on Sep 09, 2015

FTC Launches New, Multilingual Resource for Identity Theft Victims

New resources for people impacted by identity theft.

Posted on May 15, 2015

Why a Debt Validation Letter May be Exactly What Debt Collectors Want

The idea is great, ask a debt collector for proof you owe a debt and if they cannot produce it, you do not have to pay. However, the reality of using this tactic may yield very different results.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015

Quick Poll - Tell AFS What You Want to Hear

What financial topic(s) would you read about in our blog?

Posted on Oct 02, 2014

Three Examples of Why You Should Check Your Credit Report

We see the commercials telling us to check our credit reports, but many people do not. Here are three examples of why we should take the time to get our reports.

Posted on Sep 15, 2014

How Honest is that Credit Card Comparison Site

As you watch television, surf the Internet and flip through your favorite magazine, you will undoubtedly see companies advertising that they can show you the best deals in plastic - credit - for you to consider. There are a few reasons to hesitate from relying too much on information that looks like it’s coming from a neutral source. The main one is because the source might not be neutral at all.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014

Wonderful Testimonial Note from a Client!

How do you know debt solutions are working? Notes like these.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014

Time and Debt Repayment Still the Best Strategy for Increasing a Credit Score

Some of you might be rejoicing a bit because of news that the chief credit scoring outfit, FICO, is changing its rules about how it scores debtors. The main change is that the new system will draw a distinction between medical debt and regular debt. The other big change is the new system will disregard medical collection accounts if they are paid or settled.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014

Medical Debt, New FICO Score Good News or No News

Last week, FICO, the nation's top credit score provider, announced upcoming changes to the way some debts impact your credit score. This could be good news for thousands of people, if lenders adopt this new model.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014

Urban Institute Study Raises the Question of Why People are not Reaching Out for Financial Help

People may be hesitant to reach out for help due to misconceptions about financial counseling. Here are some of the false beliefs that consumers admitted in the 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey

Posted on Jul 30, 2014