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AARP Urges Illinois Governor to Sign the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act

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HB 4781 Would Give Consumers the Strongest Protections in the Nation against Fraudulent Debt Settlement Agencies SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Burdened with piling debt in a down economy, thousands of Illinois consumers contact debt settlement agencies in search of help – only to find huge fees, deceptive business practices, and often times no solutions to their problems. But ... Read More »

    Illinois Senate & House Pass Aggressive Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Legislation With Strong Bipartisan Support

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    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today applauded the General Assembly for passing the Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act, HB4781, which has now passed both houses. This legislation is crafted to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair and abusive practices aimed at bilking financially strapped consumers. The Senate today passed the bill with a vote of 56-1 after the ... Read More »

      I-Team Investigation: Debt Settlement – Lifesaver or Scam?

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      Here is a television story on debt settlement that aired recently. If you look carefully you’ll notice some of the groups I’ve written about before are included in it. Steve Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Read More »

        Another Swift Kick to The Debt Settlement Industry

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        On top of a miserable performance at the Senate hearings on debt settlement and the rolling out of the new Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act, the Better Business Bureau has issued a strong warning to consumers to avoid debt settlement services. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Better Business Bureau is warning financially troubled families to beware ... Read More »

          If You Signed Up With a Debt Settlement Company Since in 2008, 2009, or 2010. Bad News.

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          Damon Day had an excellent observation on his site in a post he wrote after the Senate Hearings yesterday on debt settlement. His concern is for people who have enrolled in a debt settlement program in the last couple of years. Since the debt settlement companies typically take their fees during the first couple of years the consumer is enrolled ... Read More »

            Many Debt Settlement Firms Lie and Defraud People Says Government Report

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            Reuters covered the hearing yesterday and published their take on the Senate Hearings on the debt settlement industry. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Debt settlement Firms Rife with Fraud: GAO (Reuters) – A big percentage of debt settlement companies lie to and defraud people who contact them asking for help with credit problems, according to a ... Read More »

              FTC Testifies Before Senate Hearing Today to Send Debt Settlement to Time Out

              The Federal Trade Commission today told the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the FTC will continue its stepped-up efforts to protect financially strapped consumers from deceptive and abusive debt relief scams. The testimony, presented by FTC Commissioner Julie Brill, described the FTC’s law enforcement actions, a rule change the agency has proposed to combat deceptive and ... Read More »

                Debt-Agency.us, Debt-Experts.net and TheConsumerStandard.com Running ‘Deceptive’ Stimulus Debt Settlement Advertisements

                The Consumer Standard Debt Settlement Advertisement

                Yesterday I came across a link to http://theconsumerstandard.com/v1/debt.php which took me to the page below. What struck me about the advert was how it made it appear there was some new federal or state law that allowed people for a limited time to reduce their debt by 50%. The link at the bottom of the page “Reforms to Protect American ... Read More »

                  Keith Nelms, Owner of Allegro Law Debt Settlement Fame, Goes Bankrupt With $28 in His Pocket

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                  I just took a look at the bankruptcy filing for Keith Nelms, the attorney owner of the Debt Settlement company, Allegro Law. Some of the creditors he listed in his filing included: Jennifer Nelms, Calude Nelms, Jr., State of Alabama Consumer Affairs Division, Internal Revenue Service, Alabama Department of Revenue, some student loans, Chase Bank, Household Finance, and the approximately ... Read More »

                    Credit Card Defense Network CCDN Sued as a Debt Settlement Company by West Virginia

                    The AG’s office in West Virginia just forwarded me a copy of their suit against Robert Lock and Phillip Manger of the ill fated Credit Card Defense Network. CCDN has been in a heap of trouble for some time now. Robert Lock, an attorney, was all over the net in the past few year bragging about how his techniques and ... Read More »

                      Debt Settlement USA Sued by Bankruptcy Trustee for a Lot of Money

                      Here is an interesting legal case that was filed on March 26,2010 against Debt Settlement USA. Former Debt Settlement USA clients, the Leber’s went bankrupt. The Chapter 7 trustee took a look at their situation and sued Debt Settlement USA claiming that Debt Settlement USA breached its contractual obligations to the Lebers’ and failed to provide the promised result. Among ... Read More »

                        Dumbest Press Release of the Day – Federal Consumer Relief / Federal Debt Relief

                        There is no way I’d do business with the Federal Consumer Relief / Federal Debt Relief company. After reading their latest press release I think they are illiterate. Carefully read the press release they sent out, below, and let me know what you think. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Valuable Process to Reduce Debts Debt Settlement ... Read More »

                          US Debt Resolve, First Debt Settlement Company in America to Embrace Openness and Transparency for Consumers

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                          Effective April 7, 2010 US Debt Resolve, under the leadership of Scott Johnson, became the first debt settlement company in America to answer my challenge for openness and honesty in the debt settlement industry from my article “A Call, Make That a Scream, for Transparency in the Debt Settlement Industry.” I’ve had conversations with some other debt settlement companies as ... Read More »

                            Federal Trade Commission Releases “Settling Your Debts” Publication

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                            The Federal Trade Commission today release a new publication to help consumers that might be considering debt settlement as a way to deal with their debt. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Settling Your Credit Card Debts Settling Your Credit Card Debts If you’ve maxed out your credit cards and you’re getting deeper and deeper in debt, ... Read More »

                              AARP Gets Tough With Debt Settlement Companies

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                              Burdened with debt, millions of consumers contact debt settlement agencies in search of help – only to find out that what looked like the light at the end of the tunnel turned into a nightmare because of huge fees and deceptive business practices. As bills keep piling on the kitchen tables of a growing number of Americans, lack of regulation ... Read More »

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