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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.

Americorp Does Not Show Up for Trial. Allegro Law Litigation and Bankruptcy Nearing Completion, Maybe.

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It seems like a lifetime ago that I first wrote about the Allegro Law debacle. After Hess Kennedy, Allegro was the next big debt settlement firm to implode. We first wrote about Allegro Law in 2009 and since that time, Allegro Law went out of business, consumers lost money, Keith Nelms lost his law license and went bankrupt, and nobody ... Read More »

USAvsDEBT, USDC Student Loan Services and Student Loan Consolidation Center Signup

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The Association for Student Loan Relief has shared new member flocking to the association focused on selling student loan relief services to consumers. Current members include AP Student Loan Relief, Action Financial, Debt.org, Student Loan Consolidation Center, American Student Loan Consolidators, US Student Loan Services, USAvsDebt, USDC Student Loan Services, Frontline Debt Services. – Source As always, for consumers who ... Read More »

Should I Payoff My Student Loans? – Sarah

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“Dear Steve, I have about $19,000 in government-backed student loans at 2.25%. When I graduated, I was advised to NOT pay off the full debt right away and “take advantage” of the low interest rate. So, I have been paying slightly more than the minimum each month ($100) and have only knocked the principal down about $1000 since graduating in ... Read More »

Credit Care Pluz a Bogus Preacher Credit Repair Scam

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If you are surprised by what I’m about to share with you, you should not be. The allegation is a minister who was previous charged with identity theft and drug charges has been running an Illinois credit repair business that has left some unhappy consumers without refunds. “Moshamba Cannon was a preacher with a message, a family, and a surprisingly ... Read More »

The Beginning of the End for the Attorney Loophole?

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A sidebar in a recent article by Jenna Greene identified an important fact that should not be lost of attorneys who feel the “attorney loophole” for debt relief services is getting thinner and thinner. According to Greene, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been going after entities like banks and some debt relief companies. But take a guess what ... Read More »

Sallie Mae Student Loans are Going to Make My Daughter Sterile

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“Dear Steve, I am a Nurse Practitioner who is vey very concerned about my daughters mental health -as a result of her student loans….We had NO IDEA -what a nightmare this would become:-(. She has had at least 2 jobs since she was 11 yrs old…Harding working is an understatement !! She is so depressed and dejected over her inability ... Read More »

CFPB Pulls Back Curtain on Debt Collection and New Rules

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has put out a new document with an extensive amount of information that paints the debt collection industry in a new light. One fact I found exceedingly interesting is the percentages of debts the debt collection industry handles, “medical and other health-related debts (36%), credit card debts (20%), telecom debts (13%), and student loan ... Read More »

Want to See Why Debt Relief is Dying Right Now?

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For years now I’ve been warning debt relief companies to expect less demand for services until consumers began to load up on credit again. The pipeline of unsecured debt being issued is really dry and the vast majority of consumers who needed help have already worked their way through the pipeline. But this information out today in Zero Hedge will ... Read More »

I Am a Lawyer With Sallie Mae Loan Debt. Help! – Scott

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“Dear Steve, Public interest lawyer 250k in student debt 6k in credit card debt 8k in private credit loan from sallie mae I have a Sallie Mae loan through their private credit department. I used this loan for living expenses while I took the New York bar exam this past summer. Is this the type of loan that you wrote ... Read More »

The Stress From Sallie Mae is Abusive. – Sue

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“Dear Steve, My 28 year old daughter Laurie has incurred over 160,000 in student loans with Sallie Mae. They are relentless and even at times harassing her for payment. They are wanting over 900.00 per month which she is not able to do at her job as a vet tech making 15.00 an hour. She tried moving out for the ... Read More »

Misleading Student Loan Mailer to Watch Out For From Student Loan Servicing Center

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A consumer just submitted a complaint about Student Loan Servicing Center and included a mailer they received. I wanted to review the mailer for you and show you all the items that raised my concern. It’s worth discussing these items so you can be more aware of what marketing messages you may receive so you can evaluate them. If you ... Read More »

Disturbing Student Loan Client Services Mailer to Watch Out For

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A reader has just sent in a mailer they received from an entity called Student Loan Client Services. Talk about a generic name. The mailer, which appears to pretend to be an official government mailer, and was sent from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. The reader sent in the new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail ... Read More »

EFA Processing Signs Consent Order

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The State of Connecticut has just entered into a consent order with EFA Processing and Ken Talbert over debt relief help offered to State residents. According to , EFA Processing “voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the Consent and Agreement described below without admitting or denying any allegation or any claim contained in the Order and Notice and ... Read More »

Tell Me About US Student Loan Services

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A new debt relief company selling student loan debt help has come across my desk. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve used their service or have been through the sales presentation. The company is US Student Loan Services and is on the web at usstudentloanconsolidation.org. When new companies like this appear I’m really interested in your feedback on ... Read More »

Why Debt Relief Help is Broken in America

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Being in debt is a terrible situation. You are at your lowest moment in life or darn near close to it. On top of that you may be experiencing the common side effects problem debt brings like depression, hopelessness, feelings of failure, or marital strife. The one point most can agree on is being in debt is not a happy ... Read More »

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