Son sticks mom with $20000 debt

Posted by administrator | 23/08/11 | Tagged Credit Card Debt

Son sticks mom with $ 20000 debt
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Q: I am an investigator for a nonprofit organization that investigates financial crimes against the elderly. I’ve been working with a 76-year-old woman who was financially abused by her son.

Her son asked her to co-sign on two credit cards and for a Toyota truck, which she did. She believed he would honor his word and pay the bills. She had no idea he had over 130 civil actions against him in San Mateo County (Calif.) alone, his home was recently foreclosed on, and he has liens and judgments levied against him in the millions! He charged up the credit cards plus one more he opened without her knowledge, and then he declared bankruptcy, leaving her with the debts.

My client was left with a $ 15,000 debt from the two co-signed credit cards, an $ 11,000 bill from Toyota a…………… continues on MSN Money
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As a recent article in The New York Times points out, the situation in the United Arab Emirates is far grimmer for people with a debilitating credit card debt. The industry is subject to far less regulation than it is here, and credit card issuers in recent years have aggressively targeted financially unsophisticated migrant workers that make up the vast majority of the country’s population.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — With the threat of another recession looming over the nation and consumer confidence continuing to decline, financial experts fear more people will rely on credit cards to wade through yet another economic downturn. According to credit reporting bureau Equifax, banks issued nearly 15 million new credit cards in the first five months of this year, that’s at a three-year high. Banks gave 4.4 million cards to consumers with poor credit histories, a 65% increase during that same time period of January to May.

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