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Morgan Drexen Bankruptcy Surprise Deposition

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It’s not often that a deposition is made available regarding Morgan Drexen, the now defunct debt settlement company. Since I’m sitting down to read the entire 121 page document I thought if I came across anything I found interesting for no particular reason, I’d just share it with you. All the material below comes from this document. The deposition conducted ... Read More »

Morgan Drexen Court Action Reads Like a Soap Opera

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In just the past few days the Morgan Drexen case with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took some strange twists. The court documents lay out a series of alleged events which paints an unusual story. I’ll let the court documents write this story. From this point on, the information in this story will be from these recent court documents which ... Read More »

Howard Law Demands Removal of Morgan Drexen Related Articles

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Today I received the following demand from a law firm that says it represents Howard Law, another law firm. I’m not sure why Howard Law wouldn’t just contact me directly to clear up any confusion or answer questions instead of sending me a cease and desist letter. I contacted Howard Law by email previously but never heard anything back. In ... Read More »

Easy Money Scammers Nailed by FTC

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Eighteen elusive marketers who cheated American and Canadian consumers out of more than $7 million are banned from selling business or work-at-home opportunities under court orders obtained by the Federal Trade Commission. These orders, along with court orders against 14 other people and companies named in the FTC’s lawsuit, resolve charges that the defendants conned consumers into thinking they could ... Read More »

The Art Institute of Austin Wants to Sue Me Over Student Loan Debt

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Question: Dear Steve, Hi, I recently graduated from the art institute of Austin. I am constantly being harassed for a balance I owe the school that I do not agree with. I was made an offer to pay off half of my debt and they would pay the rest. I asked for this in writing and never received it. Now ... Read More »

Can I Consolidate My Federal and Navient Student Loans?

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Question: Dear Steve, I have two student loans one is from salliemae/navient and the other is a federal loan. Is it possible to consolidate both loans? Frank Answer: Dear Frank, If the Sallie Mae – Navient loan was a private student loan then your only option would be to go for a private student loan consolidation and incorporate the federal ... Read More »

Did I Make a Mistake by Agreeing to Pay an Old Payday Loan?

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Question: Dear Steve, Payday loan from four years go went unpaid and was sent to collections. When I talked to the debt collector I asked for a letter or something in writing and he said they couldn’t mail me anything because they tried doing that already, but the address they sent the info to was an old address. Not even ... Read More »

CFPB Takes Bite Out of Dental Financing

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Springstone Financial, LLC to provide $700,000 in relief to victims of deceptive credit enrollment tactics. Many consumers who signed up for Springstone’s deferred-interest loan product at dental offices to pay for dental work were led to believe that the product was interest free. In fact, interest accrued from the date of the ... Read More »

My Brain Infection Left Me in Decades of Student Loan Debt

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Question: Dear Steve, I went to a community college about 22 years ago. In order to go I had to take out several loans in the last 6 months of my college life I became extremely ill. I contracted a brain infection that left me with no memory of what I even took in college. I am permanently disabled from ... Read More »

Otto Berges Still in a Slog in Court Over Debt Relief Case in Florida

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From time-to-time I do the grunt work of going back and checking up on old stories to see what might be new in court cases. This time it was checking up on Otto Berges, a Florida lawyer who was/is selling debt relief assistance. You can see past stories, here. A case filed in Florida against Otto Berges, Berges Law Group, ... Read More »

How Can I Get Rid of My Student Loans if I Become a Teacher?

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Question: Dear Steve, So let me start by thanking you for providing an avenue for people like me to ask you questions! I am really grateful for hopefully getting help with my debt problems. I am 24 years old and graduated from college over a year ago and now have over 100k in loans. The details of the loans are ... Read More »

UK Bank Accounts Target of Huge Sure of Fraud

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Apparently financial criminals in the UK have managed to double down on their focus of fraudulently accessing consumer bank acccounts. Experian is reporting consumer bank accounts saw the rate of fraudulent activity nearly double from Q1 2015 to Q2 2015. The key to these attacks is reported to be simple identity theft. Identity theft accounted for 69 percent of all ... Read More »

Debt Relief Advocates and Debt Arbitrators Named Again in Ohio

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I think debt relief companies often get the wrong impression about why I write articles about debt relief lawsuits. It’s not to call out the company named but to help other companies see what strategies are being used to challenge debt relief companies. In this suit the Plaintiff used an interesting approach and target the very method by which mailing ... Read More »

Don’t Know How Much I Need to Warn Debt Relief Companies That Robocalls Suck

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I’ve written quite a few stories about debt relief industry problems with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and autodialers. If you’ve ignored me till now, maybe this record fine out of the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) will get your attention if your debt relief company is dialing for dollars. This week the FCC fined a company nearly $3 million over ... Read More »

My Navient Student Loans Are Almost Paid But How Can I Settle Them?

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Question: Dear Steve, I have $13,364.87 debt in federal school loans through Navient, previously Sallie Mae. I have almost paid off the accrued interest. Only $26.53 of that total is interest. I have been paying since 2000. I have two loans. One was originally $23,972.99 and is now $10,905.11. The other was originally $5,500.00 and is now $2,486.29. Do you ... Read More »

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