Margaret Reiter


Attorney Margaret Reiter was a consumer investigator with the Los Angeles County Consumer Affairs Department for four years and worked for 20 years as a consumer prosecutor with the California Attorney General's Consumer Law Section. She has investigated or prosecuted businesses engaged in consumer fraud including foreclosure "consultants," mortgage lenders, debt settlement companies, vocational schools, living trust mill/annuity sellers, prepaid phone card companies, and tax refund anticipation loan providers. She has drafted consumer protection legislation, advocated for stronger consumer protection before regulatory agencies, trained other prosecutors and investigators, and prepared consumer alerts and spoken to the public on  Truth-in-Lending, telephone slamming and cramming, truth in phone billing, bankruptcy, and vocational schools, among other consumer topics.  

Articles By Margaret Reiter

The Nationwide Credit Reporting Agencies: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion
Learn about Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion—the three nationwide credit bureaus.
Adding Positive Information to Your Credit Report
In addition to disputing incorrect or incomplete information and adding explanations for negative information the credit reporting agency will not remove, you may want to ask the credit reportin
Paying for Additional Credit Reports
If you've already obtained all of your free yearly credit reports, you can buy another.
Checklist: Things to Look for in Your Credit Report
At least once per year, you should get your credit report from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies and check each report for errors or for outdated or incomplete information.
Property Subject to Collection
If a creditor wants to seize your property in order to enforce a judgment (a court order allowing it to seize your property to satisfy the debt), there are a number of categories of property it
Why Was My Credit Card Rejected or Blocked?
Here are some reasons why a store or restaurant might block or reject your credit card.
If the Credit Reporting Agency Does Not Correct Your Report: What to Do
If you dispute an item in your credit report, but the credit reporting agency refuses to correct it, you can take additional steps to remedy the problem.
Can I Withhold a Credit Card Payment if I Have a Dispute With a Seller?
Learn about requesting a "claims and defenses" chargeback.
Who Is My Student Loan Holder or Servicer?
Here's how to find the holder or servicer for your loans.
Child Support Collection: Wage Garnishment & Property Seizure
If your child's other parent sues you and gets a judgment against you for unpaid child support, that parent has a whole host of collection methods available (more than without a judgment for chil