Debt Collection Scam May Be Linked to Online Loans and Credit Card Applications
News from ACA International:

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper issued a warning to consumers regarding an increase in calls being initiated by fraudulent debt collectors. The warning was issued in response to a surge of complaints made to the North Carolina Consumer Protection Division by consumers reporting calls from scammers posing as debt collectors. 

Consumers described the calls as harassing and intimidating. The scammers reportedly called consumers repeatedly at their residence and place of employment. The scammers often used false names designed to sound like a law firm or government agency. For example, some callers stated they were from the Federal State Bureau of North Carolina and threaten to arrest consumers if they did not pay.

It appears the individuals behind the calls are located overseas. They obtain consumers personal information and use it to attempt to coerce consumers into paying money for debts they do not actually owe. Investigators are trying to determine how the …………… continues on ACA International
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Airlines oppose ruling on card fees

Posted by administrator | 01/07/11 | Tagged Credit Card

Airlines oppose ruling on card fees
News from Financial Times:

Budget airlines look set to oppose an order to stop charging fees to customers who pay with a debit card.

This week, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) called for an end to the debit card surcharges imposed by travel companies, which are often added at the very last stage of a transaction.

It wants the cost of processing debit cards, estimated to be 20p per transaction, to be absorbed into the price of the ticket. Costs forusing credit cards must also be clear to shoppers from the start of a transaction, the OFT said.

Which? has identified 16 airlines that charge customers for paying with a debit card, including Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Ryanair.

Budget airlines were found to be adding up to £8 to the price o…………… continues on Financial Times

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