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Financial horror stories

Financial fright: The year's scariest reader stories

We asked for your worst financial horror stories and you sent in some real screamers. From phony contractors who skip town with your cash to credit card companies that seem to be based in the underworld, frightful deals are just waiting to trip you up at every turn.

Here are our readers' worst horror stories of the year. Watch out so you don't fall victim to these disasters.

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Mayhem! Horror stories of house building and buying

From phony contractors to lying real estate agents, home building and buying is about a lot more than just location.

 
Murder! Financial terrors via credit reports

Even in the financial world, it's difficult to rise from the dead. Two of our readers tell their tales of a fiscal reaper.

 
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Mischief! Financial horrors at the hands of creeps
Thieves, con artists, scammers, phishers -- whatever you call them, they used a lot of dirty tricks this year to take other people's money.
 
Madness! Financial nightmares when paying the bills
Apparently, some people check their souls at the door when they punch in at work. Your tales of bills gone awry prove it.
 
And: More bone-chilling stories!
Gasp at tales of inflated car loans, banks that are either run by idiots or evil-doers -- maybe both -- and an elm tree evil enough to sit on Freddy Krueger's block.
 
 
-- Posted: Oct. 23, 2003
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