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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.

Scammers Prove They Are Assholes

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According to the Federal Trade Commission new scam emails are being sent out that try to trick people into clicking on links that will download malware to their computers. The latest scam takes the trick to a new low. Scammers are sending bogus emails with the subject line “funeral notification.” The message appears to be from a legitimate funeral home, ... Read More »

Private Student Loans Suck and I Can’t Dump My Cosigner

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“Dear Steve, I have a ton of student loan debt. I have around $70,000 in federal which is a ton, but manageable since I am on the income based payments and they have been great to work with. I have around $50,000 in private student loan debt that I can’t afford. My mom is a cosigner on them and it ... Read More »

Who is Really Behind Resolution Law Group?

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Calls are coming in from consumer advocates asking me who is really behind Resolution Law Group out of Connecticut. I’ve written about them before, here. The company was selling mass joinder mortgage cancellation services to consumers. It seems the Resolution Law Group is being less than transparent about who is really in control and inquiring minds want to know. If ... Read More »

Affiliate Marketer Settles With FTC for All He Made

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An affiliate marketer has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that he was responsible for sending millions of unwanted text messages to consumers that deceptively promised “free” gift cards and electronics. The marketer, Jason Q. Cruz of West Bend, Wisc., was a subject in a series of FTC complaints targeting the senders of deceptive spam text messages. In its ... Read More »

FBI Scam Email

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SCAM Alert! Beware of the following scam email making the rounds: “From: “Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI)” Date: December 31, 2013 at 8:53:45 PM EST To: BCC Subject: Re:Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Reply-To: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Counter-terrorism Division and Cyber Crime Division J. Edgar. Hoover Building Washington DC Dear Beneficiary, Series of meetings have been held over the ... Read More »

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

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“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

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“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

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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

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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 »

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