Why is Dish still trying to collect from me?

Will Leeper owes Dish money, but not the $352 it’s trying to collect. Why won’t it back off?
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Help, AT&T is harassing me – what should I do?

After Lori Collins cancels her AT&T account, she expects the bills to stop. They don’t, and now the company is sending her account to collections. What can she do?
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Want to live debt free? 4 signs you might be getting ripped off

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If you’re a regular reader of my consumer advocacy columns, you probably already know that the word “free” should trip all kinds of alarms.

If not, don’t worry, I’ll get you up to speed: If you see the word “free” in a product offer, run!

But “free” can be used in another equally important context. Promises to make you “debt free,” for example, can leave you even deeper in the hole. There, too, my advice is identical — don’t walk, flee.

Debt-free, or “last dollar” scams, are, after identity theft, among the most complained-about swindles in America, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). These scams are part of a broad group of cons that can involve selling you promises of a job, a government grant or some other money-making opportunity.
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Study reveals credit card debt bomb hasn’t been defused yet

Personal finance experts like to draw the distinction between “good” and “bad” debt, but in 2010, they are wrong. There’s no such thing as good debt; there is bad and worse. And credit card debt falls into the “worse” category.

And just when we thought things were looking up (warning: put on your macroeconomics hats here, kiddies) — just when it seemed American consumers were paying off their credit card debt — along comes a CardHub.com study that suggests otherwise.
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