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Farmer Decides to Settle Her Own Debt Instead of Using U.S. Legal Service Group

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The article below was contributed by a site reader who wanted to share their path out of debt. I really want to be a good advocate on helping others around me with the same situation as it goes very deep, but even in my darkest time, I am no quitter and was bond to see this whole process through. I ... Read More »

EFA Processing Takedown Request Makes Me Want to Examine the Facts

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As a result of a takedown request this site received regarding a guest post here, I decided to look into the facts that were publicly verifiable. What you find below is not really an article, but the results of my research. The contributed article by Jason Spencer, here, is his statement of opinion and internal facts as he knew them. ... Read More »

Small Business Debt Relief Program Fax – Burn It, Pitch It, Avoid It

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a copy of a fax they recently received from the Small Business Debt Relief Program. Let’s call this for what it appears on face value, probably an advance fee debt settlement sales job. The fact this was sent out to small businesses clearly indicates this is an advertising piece to sell ... Read More »

Former Dextral Managing Director Shares His Bold Story About Ken Talbert

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See February 9, 2013 update at bottom for takedown request received from EFA Processing. This article was written and contributed by Jason Spencer, the former Managing Partner of Dextral Capital Management Fund. He shares his observations and experiences from inside the debt settlement industry. I asked Jason why he wanted to share this story. He said, “The reason is that ... Read More »

This is Why People Need to Be Aware Who They Are Talking to at Debt Relief Companies

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Every once in a while I look around the web to see who is advertising. Today I spotted an help wanted advertisement by Preferred Financial Services that typifies why consumers need to be careful when calling the average debt relief company. People think that what they are getting is fair and balanced advice by an independent person who wants to ... Read More »

Smart Credit Group – Dumbest Promises I’ve Seen Recently

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As part of my efforts to protect consumers, I poke around and look at advertisements and sales claims by debt relief companies. The help wanted ads are a great way to see who is motivated first by money rathe than offering exceptional consumer advice. Take for example the two advertisements today for a group called Smart Credit Group. The ads ... Read More »

Rhode Island Warns Consumers About Debt Management Companies

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A story out of Rhode Island from WPRI News warns consumers about debt management companies that use local attorneys to help represent consumers in their programs. The Rhode Island Attorney General refers to the practice of being assigned a local attorney from a national debt relief company, as “ghost writing.” “”It started to get really odd when I was served ... Read More »

What Happened to Debt Settlement USA?

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me in a question: When you click on www.debtsettlementusa.com, Freedom debt relief comes up. Did Debtsettlements usa open under another name. I was ripped off by these peoples for a lot of money. One day they were there and the next they were gone. It appears the company failed. According to Arizona ... Read More »

Rescue One Financial Still Sending Disturbing Mailer

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Previously an alleged former employee of Rescue One Financial spoke out about a marketing practice that concerned them. See Alleged Former Employee Speaks Out About Rescue One Financial Loan Offers I expressed concern to both Freedom Debt Relief, who was getting referrals from this, and Rescue One Financial about the marketing mailer and specifically asked both for evidence Rescue One ... Read More »

Washington Class Action Suit Refocused on Lloyd Ward and Meracord

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Back in July a class action lawsuit was filed against Meracord (formerly NoteWorld) and Lloyd Ward, the Dallas debt settlement attorney who has sued my wife and I. The first compliant filed was a bit meandering and did not focus that much on the activities of Ward and his debt settlement companies. It appears the filing attorneys and firms have ... Read More »

Freedom Financial Network & Freedom Debt Relief to Refund Almost All Clients Under Settlement

Thanks to a reader who alerted me, I discovered Freedom Financial Network, Freedom Debt Relief, Global Client Solutions, Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust, Andrew Houser and Bradford Stroh have agreed to settle a lawsuit filed against them and refund millions in consumer fees. According to the agreement, people eligible for refunds of fees paid include “(i) were customers of any ... Read More »

Debt Relief Lead Generator Ryan Golembiewski Settles With FTC for Big Bucks

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The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against a debt relief lead generator, who we’ve written about before, that appears to have made false statements about the effectiveness and efficacy of debt settlement, bankruptcy and credit counseling. As you will read, the statements made to induce consumers into debt settlement and credit counseling (debt management plans) is not accurate or ... Read More »

MyPayDayRelief Selling Debt Settlement to American’s But Not Located in America

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A reader posted a consumer complaint about MyPayDayRelief.com and claimed the company is actually located in the Philippines. Interesting accusation. While there have been other posts about MyPayDayRelief.com on the site and in Is MyPaydayRelief.com a Scam? – Helen I did raise a concern the company did not disclose where they were located. Looking at the MyPayDayRelief.com site gives the ... Read More »

Brolly Consulting Group Said to be New Incarnation of Stephen Marcus and A New Horizon

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A reader just posted this comment on this story: Consolidated Credit Counseling PURCHASED ANH’s clients starting earlier this year. ANH was shopping around the portfolio with other agencies. Seems like a long time for “A New Horizon unexpectedly went out of business before all of their clients’ data was transferred to our organization”. A New Horizon closed the doors but ... Read More »

New Life Financial Solutions, 1st United Consultants, and Expense Management America Exposed by Get Out of Debt Guy and Nailed by FTC

As far back as early 2011, the GetOutOfDebt.org site has been publishing information about and warning consumers about suspicious and concerning practices by a number of interrelated companies promising financial help and foreclosure relief. These schemes were not uncovered by the site alone. Readers and insiders also sent in critical information that led to the unraveling of the operations. From ... Read More »

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