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Consumer Protection Counsel in Florida Raises Questions

A company called Consumer Protection Counsel in Florida has raised some questions for me and I’m hoping readers can provide some feedback about them.

What I heard was Consumer Protection Counsel, PA was allegedly going to charge a consumer more than $50,000 to deal with student loan issues.

What made this curious and worth asking for public feedback was the fact the only Consumer Protection Counsel in Florida that is registered to operate is Consumer Protection Counsel, PA. The company was registered just a few months ago in July, 2013. – Source

The state of Florida lists the president as Otto E. Berges and says the company is located at 224 Greenwood Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida. It appears to be a private residence.

Consumer Protection Counsel in Florida Raises Questions

224 Greenwood Drive, West Palm Beach, Florida according to Google.

The Florida Bar lists an attorney Otto Berges who is active and eligible to practice law. The member listing does not list the middle name. – Source

Otto Berges says he practices law at Berges Law Group, PA, 1451 W. Cypress Creek Road, Suite 211, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. His website is listed as bergeslawgroup.com.

It appears the website for the CPC, Consumer Protection Counsel is nearly identical to the site for Berges Law Group.

Consumer Protection Counsel in Florida Raises Questions

The exception is the CPC says it is located at suite 211C and uses a different telephone number, 855-756-1785.

The only other major difference I easily spotted was the fact the Consumer Protection Counsel website does not have a bio link on it like the Berges Law Group site does. If you try to reach a bio page on the CPC site you get an error page that mentions the Berges Law Group. – Source

The website for the Consumer Protection Counsel does not mention any experience in dealing with student loans, that I saw.

The ownership of the domain name ConsumerProtectionCounsel.org is hidden.

If you’ve had experience using the services of this company and have some feedback to share, please post it in the comments. If you have a client agreement with this company you would be willing to share, please upload it to me here.

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  • Mandy

    Did you go through with this and if so, how is it working for you? We signed an agreement today because it seems legit but have a few days to get out of it if necessary. Just wondering!

    • abNEG

      I worked for this company for 6 months. Get out while you can, get your money back, and let me know if you need help with getting rid of the debt. It is VERY easy and you can do it yourself with no issues.

  • Joe Truth

    Please…Everyone MUST GO TO>>>>> http://steverhodetruth.wordpre

    Steve is a FRAUD!!

    • http://GetOutOfDebt.org/ Steve Rhode

      I will post my previous response yet again.

      You know it is interesting. That site does not allow me to comment on their false allegations, is not open about who is behind it, and has not update any of their accusations with my response that can be found here. http://getoutofdebt.org/the-getoutofdebt-org-and-steve-rhode-faq/

  • Eric

    I looked into this and received some calls and an email from someone at Consumer Protection Counsel. They wanted to get me on the phone but I just responded to their email looking for some information before I waste my time with some scam. This is the response that I received,

    “I completely understand your concern. But this here Eric is not a scam. We are an actual Law Firm registered by the Florida bar. We specialize in private student loan defense. We specialize in private student defense because as you stated there really isn’t any help out there. Our process is simple; we approach the lender and ask them for your file pertaining to the loan making sure everything is in compliance. There are a lot of State laws, federal laws, rules and regulations, consumer codes and commercial codes that must be followed in order to collect money from any consumer. So once we find out then we decide to take action which can lead to a settlement where you are only paying a much smaller portion of the loan or ultimately a dismissal which means you don’t have to pay the loan at all.
    So thats just a small over view of what we do. Completely legitimate and everything is done under the law.

    Hope I answered some of your questions.”

    I could find very little online about them… this is how I found this site. Seems sketchy to me.

  • Deborah

    Wondering the same thing…found this page trying to do research. My husband spoke to someone about helping consolidating private student loans. They want to charge over $500 up front (non refundable) to investigate and see if they can help and then, if they can get a settlement (they say it’s always at least 50%) they charge $250/month for 7 years. I am always very skeptical and trying to find out more.

  • Peanut

    I was wondering about this company, also. I can’t find alot of research on it on the intranet. Wondering if it is a scam?????????????????

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