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Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Beware: Marketers look to make a buck off student loan borrowers
Beware: Marketers look to make a buck off student loan borrowers

Consumer Action is warning consumers about mail solicitations on student loan consolidation and payment plans. The letters appear to be from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) but are actually from for-profit marketers looking to sell student loan borrowers expensive re-payment plans that the borrowers shouldn’t have to pay for in the first place (these plans are typically free through the DOE). The marketers may also be looking to steal the student’s identity.

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Language Access: Meeting the needs of limited English speakers
Language Access: Meeting the needs of limited English speakers

One in five U.S. residents speak a language other than English at home, yet the financial services market still caters primarily to fluent English speakers. Consumer Action examines the challenges faced by consumers with limited English proficiency (LEP) and highlights multilingual resources to meet their needs.

 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Does your family qualify for the federal EITC?
Does your family qualify for the federal EITC?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low-income, working taxpayers and families get more money back when they file their federal income tax return. This publication contains EITC guidelines for the 2016 tax year.

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Broadband internet for low-income households
Broadband internet for low-income households

Today, high-speed home internet service (broadband) is virtually a necessity for everything from finding a job to doing homework. However, many low-income households are at a disadvantage because broadband has been unaffordable for them. This fact sheet explains more about broadband, including its importance, benefits, availability and pricing. It also presents special programs that offer low-income households fast home internet service at a discount.

 

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Where we stand on the issues we work on
Where we stand on the issues we work on

By participating in legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives, Consumer Action ensures that underrepresented consumers have a voice in front of lawmakers and the national media. Each year, Consumer Action takes positions on dozens of bills at the state and national levels and submits comments and testimony on a host of consumer protection issues.

 

Monday, October 17, 2016

SCAM GRAM: Don’t let scammers score a major touchdown
SCAM GRAM: Don’t let scammers score a major touchdown

We know you’re excited for football season, but don’t let scammers score a major touchdown by selling you counterfeit tickets to see your favorite team throw the old pigskin around.

 

Monday, October 10, 2016

October is National Cyber Security Awareness month!
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month!

Consumer Action is helping you protect your privacy! Shop our free internet privacy publications to protect yourself and your family from fraud, ID theft and cybercrime.

 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

SCAM GRAM: Back to school for swindlers
SCAM GRAM: Back to school for swindlers

SCAM GRAM is Consumer Action’s monthly e-newsletter alerting you to the dirtiest players in the world of tech fraud, credit card scams, ID theft and general con-artistry. Don’t be fooled by liars, cheats and crooks—wise up with SCAM GRAM!

 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

STOP THE PAYDAY DEBT TRAP! Sign the petition

Payday lenders purposefully ensnare people in debt they can’t escape. These legalized loan sharks collect 75 percent of their fees from people stuck in more than 10 loans a year by charging 300 percent APR. It’s a debt trap. Sign our action alert and petition to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TAKE ACTION: Help defrauded students get debt relief
TAKE ACTION: Help defrauded students get debt relief

The U.S. Department of Education is taking public comments on its proposed reform to provide debt relief to students defrauded by unscrupulous colleges, like Corinthian Colleges, and to hold these colleges accountable so that they, not taxpayers, pay for their wrongdoing.

The proposed new rules improve protections for students and taxpayers and will help curb bad behavior by predatory colleges. But the rules need to be strengthened. As written they also roll back eligibility for student loan relief in some cases and make it likely that many defrauded borrowers will get partial or no relief. 

TAKE ACTION NOW! Sign our petition to encourage the Department of Education to strengthen the protections for students and taxpayers and to defend the rules from attacks by the for-profit college industry. It is critical that the Department of Education know that there is support for strong rules to protect students and taxpayers.

Sign the petition by August 1st!

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