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Everest Debt Solutions and FDN Solutions. These Debt Settlement Companies Are Really Starting to Piss Me Off Now.

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Previously I wrote a post “What Do You Think of Everest Debt Solutions? – Margo“. In that post, a reader sent in a question about a company I had never heard of before, Everest Debt Solutions, a debt settlement company. If you look at the comments section of that question you will see that someone that claims to be from ... Read More »

Attorney General Cracks Down on Abusive Debt Settlement Industry

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Illionois Attorney General Lisa Madigan took further action to reform an abusive debt settlement industry that wreaks havoc on financially strapped consumers who are increasingly desperate to manage their rising debts in these difficult economic times. Madigan proposed legislation to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair practices that harm consumers including charging upfront fees for services. She also ... Read More »

Illinois Attorney General Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Industry

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan today took further action to reform an abusive debt settlement industry that wreaks havoc on financially strapped consumers who are increasingly desperate to manage their rising debts in these difficult economic times. Madigan proposed legislation to prohibit debt settlement firms from engaging in unfair practices that harm consumers including charging upfront fees for services. She also ... Read More »

New Regulations to Restrict Debt Settlement Forms Becomes Law, Now.

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Last year Attorney General Blumenthal in Connecticut fought to get new laws in place to protect consumers from debt settlement and debt negotiators that charge consumers and up-front fee to settle debts. The law has the following provisions: Obtain a Connecticut debt negotiators license and file a surety bond Not refer to state licensing or bonding as an endorsement Disclose ... Read More »

American Debt Control and Debt Relief USA Unfortunately Back in the News

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Interesting article worth reading out of Texas about debt settlement and the Debt Relief USA mess. People in desperate financial straits will sometimes go to desperate lengths to get out. And some companies use questionable practices to capitalize on their plights. The most recent example is an Addison-based company that promised to cut consumers’ credit card debt, but instead charged ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Companies Watch Out. Debt Settlement Talks Getting Serious Now About Banning Up-Front Fees.

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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will meet with both Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, D.C. to discuss Missouri’s efforts to pursue businesses engaged in mortgage fraud. Geithner and Holder invited Koster and several other Attorneys General from around the nation to meet with them to discuss the problem and possible solutions. Also ... Read More »

The Selling of Debt Settlement Services. It’s Easy to Sucker You In.

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Did you know that for only $10,950 any person of unknown character and intent can launch a national advertising campaign and sell debt settlement services? On my last tour of the country I was laying half awake in bed and on came this commercial that certainly appeared as if it was a news broadcast or message from the government. It ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Lies & Inside How Debt Settlement Services Are Sold

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Recently I had the opportunity to meet Michael Bovee from Consumer Recovery Network and I asked him if he would be honest enough or brave enough to openly share some of the marketing secrets of debt settlement services today. Here is what he was willing to share and you will see it is a very frank and open description of ... Read More »

Credit Solutions Debt Settlement Company Makes The News, Again

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Credit Solutions is one of the largest debt settlement companies and has certainly managed to irritate the BBB, Attorney General’s in three states, is facing a class action suit, and that’s just to name a few of the actions against it. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Read More »

Debt Relief USA Sued for Millions by Texas AG

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today took legal action to recover $4.6 million that a bankrupt “debt settlement” company wrongly withheld from its clients in Texas and other states. In June, Debt Relief USA Inc. of Addison filed for bankruptcy protection in the Northern District of Texas. As a result, more than 2,500 financially distressed customers did not receive the ... Read More »

FTC Wants Your Feedback on New Regulations on Debt Settlement and Debt Relief Services

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In an ongoing effort to better protect financially distressed consumers, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed rules to combat deceptive and abusive telemarketing of debt relief services – services that purportedly can reduce consumers’ credit card and other unsecured debt. In the Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) announced today, the Commission proposes amendments to the Telemarketing ... Read More »

Topaz Financial Services, Swiftrock Financial, & Mesa Rock Financial. Odd & Curious.

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I’m not quite sure how this little article first began. What I can tell you is that it didn’t begin with me looking for any of these companies. But in my research I noticed something very odd, three debt settlement companies were advertising themselves as the “leader in debt resolution” but they were all using the same site layout and ... Read More »

The Dark Side of Debt Settlement – MSNBC

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I’m probably going to get a stern email from the folks at MSNBC saying that I shared too much of one of their stories with you. But the information is so important, you need to read it. I urge you to click through and read the rest of the story. The basic strategy these firms employ is to instruct consumers ... Read More »

Judgments Tossed Out Against Debtors in New York. Law Firms and Debt Collectors Sued.

New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has sued 35 law firms and two debt collectors in New York State in order to throw out an estimated 100,000 default judgments improperly obtained against New York consumers. This is the latest action in Cuomo’s ongoing investigation into unlawful debt collection practices. According to the lawsuit filed yesterday ... Read More »

The Truth About Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement. Interviewed by Mary Hunt.

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Today I appeared on the radio show of Mary Hunt and talked about the realities of modern credit counseling and debt settlement issues. You can listen online: If you can’t see the player above, click here. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Read More »

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