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Consumer bureau vows crackdown on unfair debt collectors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. consumer watchdog on Wednesday warned lenders it will crack down on unfair and misleading debt collection practices, part of growing scrutiny of how financial firms treat consumers who owe them money.Full story

New state office to target La. debt collection

A new state agency is being created to beef up Louisiana's efforts to collect delinquent accounts owed to the state. Full story

Negotiating Secrets: How to Convince Creditors Not to Ruin Your Credit Score

Not everything in your credit history has to show up on your credit report. Here's how to convince your creditors to remove or modify negative information. Full story

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Businessmen walk during a protest demanding the abolition of tax collection agency Equitalia in Rome
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Italian businessmen walk in their shirts and underwear while carrying signs that read "You are killing thousands of jobs," during a protest demanding the abolition of tax collection agency Equitalia, outside the parliament in Rome June 4, 2013. Five Italian businessmen stripped off their trousers an

Businessmen pose during a protest demanding the abolition of tax collection agency Equitalia in Rome
Businessmen pose during a protest demanding the abolition of tax collection agency Equitalia in Rome

Italian businessmen pose for photographers in their shirts and underwear while carrying signs that read "You are killing thousands of jobs," during a protest demanding the abolition of tax collection agency Equitalia, outside the parliament in Rome June 4, 2013. Five Italian businessmen stripped off