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District Attorney Advises Consumers to Avoid Mass Joinder Mailers

Apparently a local district attorney’s office in Colorado is warning consumers to avoid the mass joinder mailers I’ve been reporting on.

The warning says:

“Consumers in the Denver area are receiving official-looking forms that declare “You may be a plaintiff in a national mass joinder suit.” The mailing implies that fraud may have happened when you financed your home, and that the author of the mailing can assist you in seeking restitution. The form explains that you might be eligible to “become a joined named plaintiff in a national lawsuit that will seek, among other things, to void your note(s), to give you your home free and clear, and/or to award you relief and monetary damages.”

In each case, the notice contains the name of the company that holds the mortgage on the recipient’s home. While this might tend to provide credibility to the notice, that information is easily obtained from public records.

In order to determine if violations were committed by the consumer’s mortgage company, a $995 fee is required to generate a “violations report.” The potential victim is assured that if no violations are found, their deposit will be refunded in full.

The district attorney’s office believes these mailings are a scam and recommends that anyone receiving this mailing not respond. The perpetrators are alleged to have copied another business’ website, and are using the phony website to collect fraudulent fees. This is another example of the need to investigate any offer or solicitation, no matter how legitimate it might appear.” – Source, Source, Source

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  • Steve Rhode

    I’d love to see the form. Can you upload it to me here?

  • bborzell

    I just received a Form 52PLL-T “Litigation Settlement Notice” from Precision Law Center, 6 Hutton Center Drive, Suite 600, SOuth Coast Metro 92707 which appears to offer the same services as those presented in the “Form 1012-R” letters with the apparent exception that this one appears to come from a law firm and it does not suggest that people stop making their mortgage payments.

    To be clear, the actual solicitation is silent on the issue of making continued payments, but the website makes mention of that issue in their FAQ page with an emphatic “No” to the question of ceasing the payments.

    They appear to have sought to comply with the California Department of Real Estate Chief Counsel warning that is referenced on this web site. And yes, they expect up front payments to participate in what they describe as a process that will take up to 2 years to reach an outcome.

  • Anonymous

    I just received a Form 52PLL-T “Litigation Settlement Notice” from Precision Law Center, 6 Hutton Center Drive, Suite 600, SOuth Coast Metro 92707 which appears to offer the same services as those presented in the “Form 1012-R” letters with the apparent exception that this one appears to come from a law firm and it does not suggest that people stop making their mortgage payments.

    To be clear, the actual solicitation is silent on the issue of making continued payments, but the website makes mention of that issue in their FAQ page with an emphatic “No” to the question of ceasing the payments.

    They appear to have sought to comply with the California Department of Real Estate Chief Counsel warning that is referenced on this web site. And yes, they expect up front payments to participate in what they describe as a process that will take up to 2 years to reach an outcome.

  • ComplianceSlave

    Wo.

  • Krista Railey

    This is an interesting comment:

    “The perpetrators are alleged to have copied another business’ website, and are using the phony website to collect fraudulent fees.”

    Mitchell Stein, Phil Kramer, and Mass Litigation Alliance are fond of blaming the illegal marketing scam on unauthorized individuals- yet they take no legal action against the individuals and companies they claim are using their trade dress. Even more interesting is that some of the same affiliates that were sent Cease and Desist notices from Kramer & Kaslow simply moved their websites over to Mass Litigation Alliance (which is the new Kramer affiliate hub).

    Stein’s warning on his MJS Associates website is printed at the bottom of the page, and even if someone did think to scroll down to see it, the print is too small and too dim to read. Yet Stein claims to have placed a prominent warning on his website. The Dobie Law website at least has a warning, but he does not mention Kramer & Kaslow, nor does he acknowledge that Brookstone and Hartford Dunn are authorized (which they claim to be). Even more disconcerting is that Stein actually deletes comments and questions about the affiliate scam from his MJS & Associates Facebook page.

    When confronted about the affiliates, they all play dumb and point fingers at each other. Stein blames Mass Litigation Alliance on his Dobie Law website, MJS & Assoc Blog, and press release. The press release holds Matt Davis, Mass Litigation Alliance, and some key players from past loss mitigation scams as responsible. However, he is careful to implicate Kramer despite the fact that Kramer is part of Mass Litigation Alliance.

    Brookstone Law blames Mass Litigation Alliance for an internet attack on them, and claim the negative public comment about Brookstone is not from Brookstone clients, but moreover, from another law firm using non-attorneys that is attacking their firm and Stein.

    Mass Litigation Alliance, claims ignorance of where all these affiliates are coming from despite the fact that many came from Kramer & Kaslow. Mass Litigation Alliance also blames Stein for not signing retainers for clients that were previously procured by Kramer & Kaslow affiliates.

    Yet the affiliates keep piling on, and the mailers have escalated to a national level. The affiliate marketing fraud is so bold and in-your-face, it makes you wonder why any person or business would be willing to risk falling under criminal investigation. All I can say is that there must be a LOT of money in it.

    I do have documentation that shows the money collected from a Kramer & Kaslow affiliate for the Mitchell Stein B of A suit was payable to Kramer’s firm. I’ve also documented that the client communicated with Mass Litigation Alliance in regard to whether Stein signed the retainer, and Mass Litigation Alliance communicated back that he was trying to find out if Stein had filed the retainers.

    The documentation and the firms actions following the Kramer & Kaslow Warning are not the actions of rational individuals intent on protecting the public and their trade dress, but moreover, to continue to deceive the public via creation of other entities to conceal their involvement.

  • Krista Railey

    This is an interesting comment:

    “The perpetrators are alleged to have copied another business’ website, and are using the phony website to collect fraudulent fees.”

    Mitchell Stein, Phil Kramer, and Mass Litigation Alliance are fond of blaming the illegal marketing scam on unauthorized individuals- yet they take no legal action against the individuals and companies they claim are using their trade dress. Even more interesting is that some of the same affiliates that were sent Cease and Desist notices from Kramer & Kaslow simply moved their websites over to Mass Litigation Alliance (which is the new Kramer affiliate hub).

    Stein’s warning on his MJS Associates website is printed at the bottom of the page, and even if someone did think to scroll down to see it, the print is too small and too dim to read. Yet Stein claims to have placed a prominent warning on his website. The Dobie Law website at least has a warning, but he does not mention Kramer & Kaslow, nor does he acknowledge that Brookstone and Hartford Dunn are authorized (which they claim to be). Even more disconcerting is that Stein actually deletes comments and questions about the affiliate scam from his MJS & Associates Facebook page.

    When confronted about the affiliates, they all play dumb and point fingers at each other. Stein blames Mass Litigation Alliance on his Dobie Law website, MJS & Assoc Blog, and press release. The press release holds Matt Davis, Mass Litigation Alliance, and some key players from past loss mitigation scams as responsible. However, he is careful to implicate Kramer despite the fact that Kramer is part of Mass Litigation Alliance.

    Brookstone Law blames Mass Litigation Alliance for an internet attack on them, and claim the negative public comment about Brookstone is not from Brookstone clients, but moreover, from another law firm using non-attorneys that is attacking their firm and Stein.

    Mass Litigation Alliance, claims ignorance of where all these affiliates are coming from despite the fact that many came from Kramer & Kaslow. Mass Litigation Alliance also blames Stein for not signing retainers for clients that were previously procured by Kramer & Kaslow affiliates.

    Yet the affiliates keep piling on, and the mailers have escalated to a national level. The affiliate marketing fraud is so bold and in-your-face, it makes you wonder why any person or business would be willing to risk falling under criminal investigation. All I can say is that there must be a LOT of money in it.

    I do have documentation that shows the money collected from a Kramer & Kaslow affiliate for the Mitchell Stein B of A suit was payable to Kramer’s firm. I’ve also documented that the client communicated with Mass Litigation Alliance in regard to whether Stein signed the retainer, and Mass Litigation Alliance communicated back that he was trying to find out if Stein had filed the retainers.

    The documentation and the firms actions following the Kramer & Kaslow Warning are not the actions of rational individuals intent on protecting the public and their trade dress, but moreover, to continue to deceive the public via creation of other entities to conceal their involvement.

    • http://www.ftc.gov ComplianceSlave

      Wo.

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