Protecting Yourself from Debt Collection Fraud

by Miles Morley, Legal Assistant I recently wrote about the Consumer Sentinel Network’s 2014 data book for reported instances of fraud. As a follow up, I am taking a closer look at each of the top ten types of fraud complaints in Michigan. The top instance of fraud reported in Michigan was titled “debt collection.” This category represented 14,284 complaints, or nineteen percent of complaints … Continue reading Protecting Yourself from Debt Collection Fraud

A Working Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

by Sandra Wisnewski, J.D., Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project The Mid-America Pension Rights Project assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues.  There are no age or income restrictions.  And there is never a charge for the services.  The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. Just ask Ms. N.* Ms. N worked for a company for many years. … Continue reading A Working Class Program that Works to Solve Your Pension Problems

Consumer Sentinel Network Releases Fraud Report

by Miles Morley, Legal Assistant The Consumer Sentinel Network (CSN) has recently published the 2014 version of their annual data book for fraud and identity theft. CSN is a secure online database of millions of consumer complaints that are available only to law enforcement. CSN includes reports received by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and … Continue reading Consumer Sentinel Network Releases Fraud Report

Keeping the Heat on in Winter

by Daryl Thompson, Hotline Attorney Winter might be coming to an end, but please keep in mind that if you are a senior citizen, you have the right to keep your heat on or get your heat turned on. All you have to do is ask. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) regulates all the utilities except those owned or operated by government bodies. MPSC regulates … Continue reading Keeping the Heat on in Winter

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Report on Older Consumers at Mortgage Debt

Mortgage debt has become an increasing trend for older adults, making retirement security a concern for many homeowners. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been tracking this recent trend, and has recently released a report titled “A snapshot of older consumers and mortgage debt.” The snapshot is composed of data from the Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve, and the CFPB’s consumer complaints, among other sources, to … Continue reading The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Issues Report on Older Consumers at Mortgage Debt