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Illinois Attorney General Sues Two Debt Settlement Firms

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Michael T. McRaith warned consumers facing significant credit card debt about the risks of debt settlement offers as she announced two lawsuits filed against debt settlement firms. Attorney General Madigan s lawsuits allege that these companies engage in deceptive marketing practices, charge excessive ... Read More »

Able Debt Settlement Spanked by West Virginia Attorney General

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Able Debt Settlement, Inc., of Irving, Texas, was stopped from doing any business in West Virginia by the Circuit Court of Kanawha County as of May 14, 2009. Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued Able Debt Settlement last month, seeking injunctive relief and restitution for consumers who paid for debt settlement services they never received. Able, formerly of Dallas, Texas, claims ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Companies in for a World of Hurt in the U.S.

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Debt settlement companies in the United States had better brace for some interesting times, and not good times for them. The Attorney General of New York recently issued subpoenas to fourteen debt settlement companies, not in an interest to learn more about them, but to give him the evidence he need to close down the industry. Seriously, New York has ... Read More »

New York Attorney General Announces Nationwide Investigation Into Debt Settlement Industry

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Subpoenas Fourteen Debt Settlement Companies and One Law Firm in Connection with Probe Debt Settlement Companies Often Charge Huge Fees for Misleading Plans, Suggest Selling Blood Plasma to Raise Funds, and Leave Consumers in Worse Financial Shape NEW YORK, NY (May 7, 2009) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a nationwide investigation into the debt settlement industry, subpoenaing ... Read More »

Consumer Debt Options Threatened: “Consumer are the losers with a debt settlement industry in crisis.”

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Press release just out from New Era Debt Solutions. A whole lot of commonsense and truth in this release. Good job guys. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook CONSUMER DEBT OPTIONS THREATENED “Consumers are the losers with a debt settlement industry in crisis.” People today are facing more immediate financial pressure than ever before. Jobs are vanishing, ... Read More »

Debt RX USA Debt Settlement Company Consumer Complaint

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Mr Gonzalez uploaded the following BBB complaint to me through the file upload section of the GetOutOfDebt.org site. I have no inside knowledge of this case and the only reason I am republishing it here is because it brings up other complaints that I have heard from others regarding some common issues with unhappy consumers and some debt settlement companies. ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Companies. Prepare to Get Slaughtered.

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The debt settlement industry is exploding. Some say that many of these new companies are being run by failed mortgage brokers that want to get into the business. I don’t know about that but certainly there is a wave of opportunism evidenced by the exploding debt settlement industry. The sad thing about this is that as the market gets flooded ... Read More »

Fourteen Questions to Ask Any Debt Settlement Agency

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I came across these questions below on a debt settlement company site, New Era Debt Solutions, and I was really impressed that they were really open and honest about the problems consumers face with debt settlement and what to watch out for. So, with permission, I present to you the Fourteen Questions to Ask Any Debt Settlement Agency from the ... Read More »

Debt Relief USA Ordered Out of Georgia and Must Pay Over Half a Million in Refunds and Fines

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Joe Doyle, Administrator of the Governor’s Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), announced that the agency has entered into a settlement with Debt Relief USA, Inc., a debt adjustment company, over allegations that it violated Georgia’s Debt Adjustment Act. The company agreed to refund all fees it has received from its Georgia clients, a total of $527,205.55, reimburse OCA for administrative ... Read More »

Quickies – Bank of America, Payday Loans, Divorce, 401k, Credit Report

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When I need a break from answering questions I often take a look for some odd or interesting search terms that people used to find me. Below are some of the latest I saw today that I wanted to provide quick answers to. Steve Search Terms will bank of america negotiate debt – Yes but debt settlement can be tricky ... Read More »

Consumer Reports Debt Settlement Article to Come

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A little birdie in the wind told me that Consumer Reports is working on an article that involves debt settlement services. This person said they got the impression that the article was going to not be supportive of debt settlement companies, and in many ways, that’s a shame. Settling your debts for less that you owe can be problematic but ... Read More »

Lawyers Lose Licenses Over Debt Relief. Dangerous Waters For All.

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This has been a growing story over 2008 but I think it is a good example of the perils that consumers face when trying to get out of debt. We already have been ingrained to not trust credit counselors by the flurry of activity as the IRS targeted credit counselors a few years ago. But now lawyers acting on behalf ... Read More »

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