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Experts warn about scams shady collection practices

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WASHINGTON (2/13/09)--The lineup of experts on Sunday’s H&FF Radio show shares valuable advice on three timely topics: how to steer clear of foreclosure rescue scams, your rights when debt collectors call, and the social costs of not being financially literate. Home & Family Finance airs Sundays at 3 p.m. EST on the Radio America Network. The show also is carried on American Forces Radio Network. The one-hour program devoted to consumer finance issues is brought to you by America's credit unions and their 90 million members, and is presented by CO-OP Network. The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) and Radio America are podcasting Home & Family Finance through iTunes, Podcast Alley, Odeo, and other popular podcast library sites, as well as on Radio America and CUNA’s websites. Sunday’s show, which you also can hear later via the Internet, features Paul Berry, Washington, D.C., journalist and broadcaster, discussing these topics with special guests:
* “Social Cost of Financial Illiteracy,” with Jack Gillis, consumer advocate, author, director of public affairs, Consumer Federation of America, and president, Gillis & Associates, Washington, D.C.; * “Foreclosure Rescue Scams,” with Barry Wides, deputy comptroller of community affairs, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Department of the Treasury, Washington, D.C.; and * “Fair Debt Collection,” with Thomas Kane, senior attorney, Division of Financial Practices, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.
Home & Family Finance is a resource center for personal finance information at CUNA. The radio show is sponsored by CO-OP Network, the national credit union ATM network; Cabot Creamery Cooperative, maker of award-winning cheddar; Western Corporate FCU, also known as WesCorp, and its member credit unions; and the Defense Credit Union Council and member credit unions, serving those who serve our country worldwide. For more information, read “Tough Times Series: Lenders, Counselors Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure” in Home & Family Finance Resource Center.