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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.

The CFPB Civil Action Against Mission Settlement, Levitis, Lupolover, and Others

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action yesterday in a coordinated effort with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and took both civil and criminal action against Mission Settlement Agency and others. Named in the civil complaint filed were Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, Michael Levitis, Law Office of Michael Levitis, Premier Consulting Group, and Law Office of Michael Lupolover. Information ... Read More »

Is Green Student and StudentLoanService.us for Real?

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“Dear Steve, Can someone check this website out for me before I make a mistake and sink my money into it to get out of debt with my Federal student loan? I called them up and they gave me a spelle saying that if I gave them 1% of my Student loan debt of 60,399.00 that they could erase my ... Read More »

AFCC Takes Some Action and Suspends Mission Settlement Agency

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Yesterday I wrote an article that was critical of the AFCC for their lack of action against Mission Settlement Agency and Rescue One. I have to give them a pat on the back for doing something this time. The AFCC has taken a little bit of action and suspended Mission Settlement Agency as a member. In my opinion they should ... Read More »

How Debt Settlement Employees Can Avoid Long Jail Time

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Yesterday a U.S. Attorney announced criminal charges against debt settlement company owners and employees for fraudulently selling debt relief services to consumers in financial trouble. The Indictment laid out a pattern of activity that many inside debt settlement companies will recognize, if they swivel their chair around. Sadly, what has been assumed to be the normal way to run a ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Company and Employees Criminally Charged in Fraud.

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Today the Manhattan U.S. Attorney filed a criminal indictment against Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, LLC, Alpha Debt Settlement, Michael Levitis, Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, Manuel Cruz, and James Leon. The criminal indictment filed should be of interest to many that were or still are in the advance fee debt settlement business. The activities described in the indictment sound very ... Read More »

AFCC Current Member Criminally Charged in Debt Settlement Fraudulent Scheme

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In what must certainly be a terrible embarrassment for the American Fair Credit Council, AFCC, one of their members was criminally indicted today by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. According to documents released today, Mission Settlement Agency, Michael Levitis, and employees Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, and Manuel Cruz have been criminally indicted for misrepresenting debt settlement to consumers and engaging in ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Attorneys Named in CFPB Action. Some Criminally Charged.

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Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney both announced legal action against a number of individuals. This action seems to cast a bright light into the dark closet of debt settlement activities that have harmed consumers for a number of years. What makes this case new and unique is the extensive action taken by the U.S. ... Read More »

A Directv Collection Agency Took Our Money. – Georgia

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“Dear Steve, MY QUESTION TO YOU STEVE,IS MY HUSBAND AND I PAID OFF A DEBT OVER A YEAR AGO, AND WE STILL HAVE THESE COLLECTION AGENCY CALLING US. IS THERE ANYTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT THAT? ALSO WE HAVE JUST MOVED IN TO A NEW PLACE AND WE CALL DIRECT TV FOR SERVICES THEY TOOK ALL OF OUR INFO AND ... Read More »

How Do I Get Equifax to Remove Old Accounts Off My Credit Report? – Angela

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“Dear Steve, How do you get Equifax and other agencies to take accounts over 7 years old off of your account? When does the 7 years start from what date? Angela” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – “How To” Guide Series on a number of topics, for loads of practical advice, tips, and help to beat back ... Read More »

Credit Report Data Broker Leaks a Concern for FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission sent letters to ten data broker companies warning that their practices could violate the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) after a test-shopping operation by the FTC indicated the companies were willing to sell consumer information without abiding by FCRA requirements. The test-shopping operation was part of a worldwide privacy protection effort. FTC staff members posed as ... Read More »

Thank You to the Debt Support Group

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Last night was our first Get Out of Debt Guy support group meeting. If you have not joined up yet, it’s free. Join here. We were able to help four families last night at our meeting and while some were given homework to go and do, others were set off on a new path to deal with the debt. The ... Read More »

How to Get Out of Debt. The Real Truth.

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People ask me questions every single day about how to get out of debt. Problem debt is a chronic problem that faces many at any one time. If you are facing debt, you are not alone. Normally the worry of debt is hidden by the perception everything this is alright. If there is no stress, fear or worry, there is ... Read More »

Banks Talk About Easing Lending – May, 2013

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The April 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices is just out and here is banks had to say about consumer lending. “Responses from domestic banks indicated that they are somewhat more willing to make consumer installment loans now as opposed to three months ago. However, only a small net fraction of banks reported having eased standards ... Read More »

What is Your Opinion of Stratix Financial? – Bob

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“Dear Steve, I would like to pay off some of my credit cards. Do you have any comments on Stratix Financial?” Bob Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt – “How To” Guide Series on a number of topics, for loads of practical advice, tips, and help to beat back debt. – Click Here The Answer Dear Bob, Until ... Read More »

Dealing With Debt – It’s All Bullshit

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So my friend Damon Day and I have this conversation all the time about how the entire debt world is all bullshit. It’s a very true statement, unfortunately. Until now I wasn’t sure how to broach the subject on the site. What the hell, let’s just jump in deep. The fact is people who are panicking about their debt are ... Read More »

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