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A Look at American Credit Shield and What They Are Offering

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A debt relief industry insider and tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a copy of an agreement they received from a consumer from a new company called American Credit Shield. The tipster (send in your tips here) said the consumer was being charged a fee of several thousand dollars to participate, a monthly fee and another fee that ... Read More »

Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Who Are They? And Then It Gets Weird.

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An interaction yesterday with a Kevin Jackson from Thomassen Law Group (if that is even a real entity) sparked my interest in Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Kevin referred to the party identified on the post card sent to consumers as “Fresh Start” and appears to indicate they are an affiliate or lead generator for Thomassen Law Group (I’m still unable ... Read More »

CFPB Suit Against Debt Relief Company Should Make Industry Very Afraid

Boom goes the dynamite.

Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. and Michael DiPanni. If you are in the debt relief industry you need to become painfully familiar with this suit because it will make you soil your pants. For the first time the CFPB has laid out its hand on what they feel is an abusive ... Read More »

World Law Debt, Global Client Solutions and Others Sued in NC. TRO.

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Yesterday the State of North Carolina and the North Carolina State Bar filed suit against Swift Rock Financial, World Law Debt, World Law Group, Orion Processing, World Law Processing, Derin Scott, and Global Client Solutions. This suit is different than many others I’ve seen in that it is a joint effort by both the State Bar and the Attorney General. ... Read More »

FTC Catches Bogus Tech Support Scam and Then Finds a Debt Relief Company

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The Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement over a bogus tech support service and accidentally found a debt relief company that was violating the Telemarketing Sales Rules in the process. Mikael Marczak, doing business as Virtual PC Solutions, and Sanjay Agarwalla were among the subjects of a series of six complaints filed by the FTC last September as part of ... 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 »

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 »

AFCC Releases Report Praising Debt Settlement But There Are Big Holes

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The American Fair credit Council (AFCC) recently released a couple of documents they hoped would persuade people about the value of debt settlement. I was asked to review the findings in the documents and offer my opinion. The first presentation is one that was supposedly given to the Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at least judging from ... Read More »

Advantage Debt Solutions and Anthony Krysinski Sued by NC AG.

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The State of North Carolina has obtain a court order against Advantage Debt Solutions and Anthony Krysinski for selling advance fee debt settlement services. The complaint filed by the State said, “The defendants are offering a deceptive and illegal debt settlement scheme to consumers in North Carolina. This scheme, which is prohibited by North Carolina law, purports to relieve consumers ... Read More »

Meracord / NoteWorld Still Taking a Beating Over Debt Relief Activities. Drags Many In.

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Courthouse News is reporting a new class action suit has been filed against Meracord (NoteWorld) and other for debt settlement activities. This 50 page complaint was filed by Steve Berman ([email protected]) with Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro in Seattle and makes similar allegations as other suits have. The suit damns companies that have worked or are working with Meracord. It’s like ... Read More »

Jet Debt Settlement. Are You Kidding Me?

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of an email they recently received from a company called Jet Debt Settlement. We’ve got some bad news for you. Your debt isn’t going away. In fact, as You read this, it’s getting worse. Fees and Penalties are adding up. The Good News Is – We’ll Settle ... Read More »

Consult America Decides Credit Card Modification is New Name for Debt Settlement

From now on these will be called horses.

Companies have been scrambling to get away from the term debt settlement in an effort to try and claim the services they offer are nothing like the bad debt settlement companies that charged huge advance fees. Consult America is one such company apparently. A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copies of an emails they received from ... Read More »

Credit Alliance Group and Shane Garner Sued by State of Texas

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has charged a Dallas-based debt management firm with defrauding its customers. The State‚Äôs enforcement action sought an asset freeze and temporary restraining order against Shane V. Garner and Credit Alliance Group (CAG) dba Credit Services Today. The complaint filed alleges Garner and Credit Alliance Group operated as an unlicensed debt management service provider in Dallas, ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Pros and Cons. My No BS Guide to Settling Your Debt.

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I’m shocked. Apparently I’ve never written an article on the advantages and disadvantages of debt settlement and what to look for or watch for when you go to settle your debt. So here goes. The process of settling debt is age old. It goes back to the time credit was first extended. It’s nothing new. In fact, merchants have been ... Read More »

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