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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.

Is Consumer Assistance Project Spoofing a Nonprofit Past?

The signature Marlene Funk says is faked.

I received the following email from a Marlene Funk regarding an article from September, 2013 titled Consumer Assistance Project Website Raises Real Concerns. Be Careful. Marlene Funk was the organizer of the original company the student loan assistance company Consumer Assistance Project grew from. Ms. Funk stated, “I created Non-Profit Guardian Services, which has nothing to do wih Consumer Assistance ... Read More »

Loan Scammers Turn Around and Get Nailed Again by FTC

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court judge in Florida has issued a contempt order against Bryon Wolf and Roy Eliasson, two key individuals who operated a deceptive marketing scheme since 2009. According to the order, the defendants violated a December 2008 permanent injunction and final order that barred them from making a range of ... Read More »

I’m a Social Worker Trying to Deal With Student Loans

time and money

“Dear Steve, I am currently only employed as a contracting social worker and make about 2,000 a month from which I pay about 700 in rent, 200 in miscellaneous bills, 400 in federal student loans and have an additional 33,000 dollars in private student loan debt which is now in collections. What is my best option to deal with with ... Read More »

Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy Goes Dark

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a message about the Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy site had a strange message on it. For those that might not remember, Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy was created when Macey Bankruptcy Law merged with Jacoby & Meyers. As of right now the Jacoby & Meyers website is essentially gone. It does have ... Read More »

I See No Way Out From Under My Sallie Mae Debt

afraid alone

“Dear Steve, I made some mistakes while going to school. I used my credit cards to pay for materials and equipment while going to school and racked up a lot of debt. We deferred my loans originally in hoped of paying off the credit cards. That didn’t work and finally we had to claim bankruptcy almost 3 years ago. We ... Read More »

New York Goes After Companies Offering Student Loan Assistance

student loan debt

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that his newly established Student Protection Unit took its first official action by issuing subpoenas to 13 student debt relief companies as part of an investigation into concerns about potentially misleading advertising, improper fees, and other consumer protection problems in that industry. In particular, the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Student Protection Unit is ... Read More »

Beware of the Capital Currency Control Certificate Scam

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Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and possibly other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or ... Read More »

Student Loan Assistance Insider Blows the Whistle to Warn Consumers

scammer

I’ve been critical of the wave of student loan assistance companies that are exploding on the scene. Some of these companies are charging huge fees for items the consumer can do themselves. The statement below comes from someone who claimed to work inside one of these companies. The company name is less important than the issues they raise about the ... Read More »

Military Member On Duty Sent to Collection for Student Loans

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“Dear Steve, I am duty military and I was deployed overseas for about four years as a training instructor to foreign military. Before I went oversea I contacted Mohela and I was told that my loans would be deferred. To make a long story short that wasn’t the case my loans had defaulted without my knowledge. I contact Mohela and ... Read More »

TeleCheck Bitch Slapped by FTC Over Inaccuracies

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TeleCheck Services, Inc., one of the nation’s largest check authorization service companies, along with its associated debt-collection entity, TRS Recovery Services, Inc., have agreed to pay $3.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The penalty matches the second-largest ever obtained by the FTC in an FCRA case. Earlier this year, ... Read More »

Credit Counseling Agencies Need Credit Counseling Help

stressed man

Richard Burnett of the Orlando Sentinel recently wrote an interesting piece about the realities of modern non-profit credit counseling and how they need help. With demand dropping, existing credit counseling agencies are scrambling to find new avenues of income. Credit counseling agencies are turning to trying to sell student loan assistance and one agency reports having a pilot program to ... Read More »

Engaged But Afraid Because of My Debt

Sleepless woman

“Dear Steve, I have about $120,000 in student loans, and about $3000 credit card debt. I am unemployed but looking, and I am engaged! My fiancé has told me that between his salary and gifts from our parents we have a $40-$50 thousand dollar budget for our wedding. He also just closed on a house a few months ago and ... Read More »

Nasty Niece Leaves Aunt Hanging on Sallie Mae Student Loans

Women fighting

“Dear Steve, My wife cosigned on several Sallie Mae loans for her niece. Her neice stopped repaying her loans several years ago and my wife has been paying the interest only since then, which Sallie Mae approved per a phone conversation. They never sent a paper confirmation of the agreement, now they claim she should start paying off principal. When ... Read More »

Mortgage Relief Scams Pay Millions to FTC

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The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012, as part of the Distressed Homeowner ... Read More »

Edward Cherry Changes Name to Edward Gregory Steadman

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a tip that Edward Cherry legally changed his name in 2013 from Edward Cherry to Edward Gregory Steadman. Apparently this happened when he applied for the name change in May of 2013 but it was not finalized until July 2013. Normally a name change would be a huge non-news event but ... Read More »

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