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New certification will help consumers with
credit problems and identity theft

Kansas City, MO (Nov 1, 2004) - More than 750 Pioneer Services Representatives recently completed an educational study program on the new Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA). After an examination, they were certified as Credit Report Reviewers by the award winning, nonprofit Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) based in San Diego, California.

FACTA was enacted to provide many new protections and rights for consumers, including free credit reports annually for all consumers and protections against identity theft. Many financial services professionals, including debt and credit counselors, are enrolling in the program to get up to speed with the new law.

"We want to make sure that each and every service member knows how this new law affects them," says Tom Holcom, President of Pioneer Financial Services, Inc. "By having certified Credit Report Reviewers in each of our offices, we are able to provide the men and women who serve our country with another valuable, free service that further improves their quality of life."

The growth of consumer credit has been explosive over the past ten years and relatively few Americans bother to look at their credit profiles. But identity theft is now the nation's fastest growing crime. Most consumers aren't even aware they are victims until they look at their credit report and see a new credit account they did not originate.

"We have been offering free credit analysis for a number of years," says Holcom, "but this new law gives consumers new protections against identity theft and inaccurate information on their credit report. We wanted to make sure that every military service member who walks through our doors could take advantage of the law. It has always been our goal to help our clients become more financially stable and this is yet another tool that will help us reach that goal."

To learn more about this service, visit your local Pioneer Services Representatives, logon to www.askpioneer.com, or call 800-367-5626.

About Pioneer
Since 1932, Pioneer Financial Services Representatives have offered clients unique solutions for financial freedom. Because Representatives only serve active-duty and career-retired men and women of our armed forces, as well as Department of Defense employees, they understand the unique financial situation these clients face. They offer products that help people achieve their financial goals. Representatives can help clients apply for loans, purchase discount cards and roadside assistance programs, learn more about insurance plans and military benefits, and improve their fiscal knowledge with free financial education courses.

Pioneer Services Representatives are committed to providing quality-of-life initiatives for the military community. Representatives have lobbied against military pay garnishments, fought for pay increases, instituted an e-mail campaign to encourage the public to support defense spending, initiated education tools for kids, and created other quality programs.

 

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE) was founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation).  The ICFE is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. 
The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, which is updated annually. The ICFE has distributed over one million Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels and Credit/Debit Card Sleeves world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.The ICFE was an active partner in the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) which resulted in a new web site: (studentdebthelp.org).  CASDRAP disbanded in 2010, shortly after the web site project was completed.  In 2011 the ICFE assumed the single sponsorship of the (studentdebthelp.org) web site and is now responsible for its content and operation.

The ICFE is also an on-line help for consumers who spend too much.  ICFE's spending help was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the ICFE's Money Instruction Book, our course in personal finance.

Visit the ICFE's other web sites at: www.financial-education-icfe.org and studentdebthelp.org.  Both sites helps consumers and students with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include: Ask Mr. G,  a free eNews, and an online resource center for students, parents and educators, plus financial education learning tools and a book store.

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton (creator of the 'certified financial planner' (CFP) designation) and it is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. The ICFE trains and certifies Personal Finance Instructors for its own curriculum. It also trains and certifies Credit Report Reviewers and Identity Theft Prevention Specialists.

The ICFE is an award winning, nonprofit, consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. It publishes the Do-It-Yourself Credit File correction Guide, now in its 16th printing and has distributed over one million 'Credit/Debit Card Warning Labels' and 'Credit/Debit Card Sleeves' world wide.

The ICFE became an official partner with the Department of Defense/Financial Readiness Campaign in June of 2004.

The ICFE is also a partner in the national Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy and the California Jump$tart chapter. The ICFE staff is also active with San Diego Saves, an offshoot of America Saves, and the California Student Debt Resource Awareness Project (CASDRAP) (studentdebthelp.org).

The ICFE's on-line help for consumers who spend too much was featured in PARADE Magazine in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from 'The Money Instruction Book,' a course in personal finance, positioned to become among the premier programs in the new bankruptcy and debtor education initiatives.

The ICFE Web site at: www.financial-education-icfe.org helps consumers with mending spending, learning about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also how to access financial education courses and videos and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include a free eNews, and an online resource center of financial education learning tools, including videos, books, software and personal finance courses.

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