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Steve Rhode
Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

Rural Housing Service is Looking for Debt Settlement Help

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If you are a debt relief company and have not yet reached out to the Rural Housing Service (RHS) to provide debt settlement or debt relief help to their clients, maybe you should. The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is a credit agency for rural housing and community development within the Rural Development mission area of the Department of Agriculture. RHS ... Read More »

CRL Report Results in Silence From the Debt Relief Industry

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The other day I published the debt settlement recommendation report from The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), click here. As vocal as critics have been in attacking this site and myself for being outspoken about consumer unfriendly debt relief practices I felt certain people would have comments to offer about the CRL recommendations. But silence, except for one commenter. Some ... Read More »

Financial Bullying a Problem

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Couples argue over finances, but how many Americans feel their mate bullies them over their debt and spending habits? Credit Karma, a personal finance website with more than 20 million members, commissioned Harris Interactive to find out. The online survey, conducted in June 2013, revealed that committed American adults are generally on good financial terms with their spouse or partner. ... Read More »

Text Spammers Banned by FTC

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A group of affiliate marketers has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they blasted consumers with more than 30 million deceptive spam text messages and directed recipients of the spam text messages to deceptive websites. Cresta Pillsbury, Jan-Paul Diaz, Joshua Brewer and Daniel Stanitski, and their company Ecommerce Merchants, LLC, which did business as Superior Affiliate Management, were ... Read More »

Business Recovery Services Banned by Scam

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An operation that allegedly bilked consumers by falsely claiming it could help them recover money they lost in previous scams will be banned from selling recovery services under a default judgment against Business Recovery Services LLC and a consent judgment against its owner, Brian Hessler. The judgments permanently ban the defendants from selling any services that are represented to recover ... Read More »

CRL Comes Out With Debt Settlement Warning. Is it Fair?

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The Center for Responsible Lending just released a paper on debt settlement. Take a look at the information they published and add your comment below if you think their research is on the mark or way off base. It appears CRL relied upon data published by the American Fair Credit Council in making their determinations on effectiveness. CRL even thanks ... Read More »

My Network Technology Degree is Worthless But I Owe Sallie Mae. – Omar

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“Dear Steve, Immigrated from Africa in the year 2000 with a big dream of making money in Network Technology. I went to computer school that lured me in taking a sallie Mae loan for MS NT 4.0. And $10,000 for an Operating system that turned out be a scam , not been used in the workplace (old). Two months in ... Read More »

I Signed for My Ex-Husband’s Student Loans and They Want Me to Pay. – Maureen

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“Dear Steve, My now ex husband went to college and accrued quite a bit of student debt. At this point, it is closing in on 130k. At some point, he consolidated the loans, and added me to the paperwork. I agreed, because he said that I had to. I did not know there were options. When we divorced, he agreed, ... Read More »

I Included My Private Student Loans in Bankruptcy But They Were Not Eliminated. – Time

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“Dear Steve, I filed bankruptcy in Colorado in in 2010. Student Loans Finance corporation is still harassing me to pay back a private loan. The federal portion of the loan was paid back. They are saying that private student loans are not dischargeable. That is not what I was told. I did not use an attorney when I filed bankruptcy. ... Read More »

Will We Ever Get Out of Sallie Mae Loan Hell? – Chris

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“Dear Steve, I’m a mechanical engineer of 8yrs, went to private engineering school, had to borrow full tuition/room/board for 4yrs. Racked up about $160k in PRIVATE loans (dad made too much to qualify for any federal $). Married my wife and fellow classmate in 2010. She also racked up about $140k, *mostly* private, but some federal loans. Predatory lending was ... Read More »

Debt Relief Mortgage Modification Guys Headed to Jail

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program has announced two Florida men were convicted of defrauding homeowners in Massachusetts and elsewhere in a home loan modification scam. Christopher S. Godfrey, 44, of Delray Beach, Fla., and Dennis Fischer, 42, of Highland Beach, Fla., were convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and misuse of ... Read More »

Debt Collection Complaints Latest Data

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A big hat tip to the folks at Collections & Credit Risk for posting a breakdown of the CFPB October data on debt collection complaints. According to the October data the debt collection complaints fell out like this: 485 (40.9%) continued attempts to collect debt not owed 244 (20.6%) communication tactics 233 (19.6%) disclosure verification of debt 82 (6.9%) false ... Read More »

New Opportunities for Debt Relief Under Community Development Services

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have issued a notice that may be an opportunity for debt relief companies. Under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) banks are encouraged to participate in community development services. The community development services assist the banks ... Read More »

Connecticut Announces New Wave of Debt Relief Company Actions

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The State of Connecticut is very active when it comes to going after debt relief companies. I publish these actions as a warning to other debt relief companies so they can learn from the issues others have faced and avoid them. In particular it appears the State Department of Banking is taking action against attorneys who are not licensed in ... Read More »

FTC Cracks Down on Yellow Page Scam

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal judge has temporarily halted, and frozen the assets of, a Montreal operation that bilked more than $14 million from small businesses and churches in the United States for unwanted listings in online business directories. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal practices and make the defendants return victims’ money – the ... Read More »

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