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Credit Card Debt Archives

Debt collectors turning to social media to harass people

At the time the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was first enacted in 1977, Facebook and other social media services were a distant dream. Today, unscrupulous debt collectors are no longer limited to the mail and telephone as tools to harass, intimidate and misinform their targets. Anyone who has profiles on social media, or knows someone who does, can become a victim.

Enforcing your right against debt collector harassment

Filing for bankruptcy is one way to stop harassing phone calls and letters from debt collectors, but it is not the only solution. Bankruptcy is not a good fit for everybody with debt problems. Perhaps your debts are not large enough to justify going through bankruptcy, or you would rather try to other options to try to protect your credit rating.

Los Angeles one of the 10 worst cities for credit card debt

If you are living in Los Angeles and struggling with credit card debt, you are not alone. In fact, millions of people nationwide find themselves carrying a balance on their credit cards from month to month. But L.A. is among the cities with the highest individual debt, on average, according to TheStreet.

Consumers: be mindful of debt collection abuses

For consumers, dealing with debt can be an extremely stressful task. This is particularly the case when creditors are aggressively pursuing payments. Under both federal and state law, there are protections in place for consumers to address the problem, but sometimes creditors fly under the radar, at least for a time. Debt collection companies are notorious for this.

Link suggested between credit card debt and depression

Nearly everyone who has been in credit card debt knows how stressful it can be. Of course, overly aggressive and law-breaking debt collectors don’t help, but even when that is not a factor, having this hanging over your head can put a pall over your entire life.

What debt collectors legally cannot say to you

We have spoken before in this blog about the limits state and federal law put on the tactics debt collection agencies may use when trying to get money out of a person who allegedly owes a bill. For instance, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act forbids phone calls to alleged debtors before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.

How to dig yourself out of credit card debt

Credit card debt is a huge burden for many people in Los Angeles. For some, a sudden job loss or medical emergency drained their savings, forcing them to charge needed expenses. Others simply got in over their heads, and need help getting a handle on their debt.

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