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Consumer Action INSIDER - April 2015 This month's INSIDER brings you stories on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plan to allow complainants to share their "stories" with the public, how people without Social Security numbers can still request free annual credit reports, a new class action open for claims, and a new educational package on automobile insurance released by Consumer Action. Hotline Chronicles looks at a case of a disgruntled mortgage holder who paid on time but is still being hounded for his payments. ( Tuesday, March 31, 2015 )

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The right overdraft protection plan

Library: English | The right overdraft protection plan A wise choice  Spending more money than is in your checking account can be a costly mistake. This fact sheet presents the consequences of overdrawing your account, the high cost of “courtesy” overdraft coverage, the better overdraft protection plans that exist and tips for avoiding overdrafts altogether. Category: on Mar 10, 2015

Auto Insurance - PowerPoint Slides

Library: English | Auto Insurance - PowerPoint Slides  This downloadable 16-slide PowerPoint presentation is designed to be used in conjunction with the auto insurance lesson plan. The slides provide a visual component to the training that will help to engage learners and improve retention. Category: Automobiles Insurance Money Management on Feb 19, 2015

Auto Insurance - Lesson Plan

Library: English | Auto Insurance - Lesson Plan  This downloadable packet guides community educators through a two-and-a-half-hour presentation on auto insurance—from determining the types and amount of coverage needed to finding the right policy, controlling your insurance costs, filing a claim and resolving disputes with the insurer. The lesson plan, which is designed to be used in conjunction with the downloadable PowerPoint presentation, also includes learning activities and a class evaluation form. Category: Automobiles Insurance Money Management on Feb 19, 2015

IP Transition: Making the Switch

Library: English | IP Transition: Making the Switch The next communication evolution  This fact sheet explains what Internet-based (IP) telephone service is, why the transition away from traditional (copper-based landline) phone service is happening and what advantages this type of connection offers for consumers. The brochure also explains consumers’ service options and how they can make a smooth transition. Category: Internet Telecom/TV Wireless on Jan 30, 2015

Questions & Answers about the IP Transition

Library: English | Questions & Answers about the IP Transition Connecting you with new changes to the phone system  This backgrounder answers many of the questions that consumers may have about the transition from traditional (copper-based landline) phone service to Internet-based service. Written in Q&A format, the guide introduces terms consumers should understand, explains how the transition will take place and why it’s important to them, and addresses nuts-and-bolts concerns they may have about switching to a new type of service. Category: Internet Telecom/TV Wireless on Jan 30, 2015

IP Transition: Making the Switch (Spanish)

Library: Spanish | IP Transition: Making the Switch (Spanish) La nueva evolución en la comunicación  Esta hoja informativa explica lo que es el servicio telefónico basado en Internet (IP), por qué se está dejando de usar el servicio telefónico tradicional (línea fija de cobre) y las ventajas que aporta al consumidor el servicio IP. El folleto también explica las opciones de servicio para el consumidor y cómo cambiarse al servicio IP sin dificultades. Filed Under: Internet Telecom/TV Wireless on Jan 30, 2015

Student Loan and Education Resource List

Library: English | Student Loan and Education Resource List  This concise, five-page guide provides resources to help beginning students figure out what their college education financing options are, what they can afford, which schools are worth the cost and how to get the student loan process started. Current and former students can benefit from the sections on loan repayment and what to do if the loan goes into default. The publication includes resources specifically for veterans. Category: Credit Money Management on Jan 08, 2015

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

Library: English | The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act How it restricts collectors and protects consumers  This concise guide to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) makes consumers aware of what collectors must do under the law, what they are allowed to do, and what they are prohibited from doing. It also provides information about getting a collector to stop contacting you, what your options are if a collector violates the FDCPA and where to get more information or personal assistance. Category: Consumer Rights Money Management on Dec 22, 2014

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