General Consumer Information

Learning tips for money management — including budgeting and handling credit and debt at MoneyMatters
Avoiding scams and fraud when looking for a job

Teaching kids and young adults (or those just starting out—at any age) how to be smart and safe consumers
Avoiding identity theft and practicing online safety

The FTC, announced that Countrywide will pay $108 million to settle charges that they collected excessive fees from cash-strapped borrowers who were struggling to keep their homes. The settlement also resolves charges, brought with the help of the U.S. Trustee Program, that the company mismanaged loans for people trying to save their homes via Chapter 13 bankruptcy. That announcement prompted FTC to write two brochures – Defaulting on Your Mortgage Has Costly Consequences andMortgage Servicing: Making Sure Your Payments Count.