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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 »

Cambridge Life Solutions Sucks But Canadians Still Falling for Slick Sales Pitch

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Cambridge Life Solutions is again in the news for their alleged bad practices of charging advance fees and they get roped into the wider issue of deceptive advertising. Those of us in the United States know these issues well. The Federal Trade Commission outlawed such practices in the U.S. in 2010 and the majority of bad actors have vanished since ... Read More »

What Planet is Debt Free Angels On? I’m Going With Uranus.

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A reader sent in a tip about a claim made on the San Antonio, Texas Debt Free Angels website (debtfreeangels.com) regarding how their service helps protect a security clearance. I thought they certainly can’t be saying that. And there it is. Debt Free Angels is a debt relief company that has appeared in this site before. You can see past ... Read More »

J. Hass Group Goes Missing. Offices Cleaned Out.

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Thanks to a reader who alerted me to a story out of Arizona, the J. Hass Group, operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona has gone missing. According to a local television station, teacher Patricia Aker heard a radio commercial for J. Hass Group and was told that for a $4,200 fee, the J. Hass Group could settle her debt. After 17 ... Read More »

Cockburn & Associate Said to Have Purchased Silverthorn & Lupolover Debt Settlement Clients and Practice

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A commenter offered the following information regarding an email they recently received as a Silverthorn & Lupolover debt settlement client: “The Law Office of Cockburn & Associate, LLP is pleased to announce the acquisition of Silverthorn & Lupolover Lawyers, LLP. This comes as Mark Silverthorn explores alternate avenues within the practice of law. Shelia A. Cockburn, a protégé of Mark ... Read More »

Canada BBB Debt Settlement Warning Both Helps and Hurts Consumers

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I’m at odds about some of these blanket warnings to consumers about debt settlement. This time it is from the BBB out of Canada. I completely understand that there have been and still are some debt settlement companies that take advantage of consumers with bad advice and front-loaded fees. Those warnings need to get out to consumers so they can ... Read More »

Lloyd Ward Accused of of Gross Legal Malpractice by The Debt Answer and ABC Debt Relief: Update to Most Bizarre Debt Relief Suit of the Year

Not that long ago I published a story about the most bizarre debt relief lawsuit of the year where Lloyd Regner and The Debt Answer, among others, were suing his ex-partner Kevin Devoto and Dallas attorney Lloyd Ward. A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a copy of a newly filed amended complaint in the matter. Much of ... Read More »

World Law Debt Allegedly Sends Mailer That Leads to This Horrible Sales Call and Apple Law Group. Listen.

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A reader received the following mailer and was concerned about the promises made. You know, at some point, after years of covering these things it feels like it will never end. It’s just one deceptive and misleading mailer sent after another. I begrudgingly picked up the phone and called the number on the “Resolution Pending” mailer and it was answered ... Read More »

Reader Sends in Deceptive Debt Relief Official Looking Mailer That Leads to World Law Group

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Apparently the use of deceptive marketing mailers is still ongoing. A reader just sent in a copy of a mailer they received recently that appears to be an official government looking document promising some sort of official government debt relief. The reader also said, the mailer does not identify the company. Notice it has a government seal in the upper ... Read More »

Alleged Former Employee Speaks Out About Rescue One Financial Loan Offers

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A reader sent me a letter. Yes, one of those things that is printed on paper. In this letter the reader says they worked for Rescue One Financial and wanted to share information. The allegations made by the reader are disturbing. And if true, in my opinion, would paint a picture of premeditated deception on part of the debt relief ... Read More »

Reader Contributes Post About August Belmont & Company, The Paul A. Herman Law Firm & Defense Lawyers

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I received the following post from a reader. The reader said, “Attached, please find a long detailed letter I researched & wrote, which I hope you and your readers will find helpful regarding two companies, August Belmont Company / The Paul A. Herman Law Firm & Defense Lawyers, P.A. (both in Boca Raton, FL) in the “debt settlement” industry.” Get ... Read More »

AFCC Member 1st Financial Center Allegedly Sends Out Deceptive Advertisement. Consumer Calls AFCC Mailer Misleading.

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A reader just sent me a tip about a mailer they just received. The reader said, “Just wanted to forward you the attached mailing I received from American Fair Credit Council that I found to be appallingly misleading.” The message really caught my eye. For those of us familiar with the American Fair Credit Counsel (AFCC) we recognize it as ... Read More »

Listen as Tough as Nails Consumer Dishes It Out to Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Supervisor

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me in a number of recorded calls with LHDR and information of her attempt to hunt down the Irvine office. She said: “I have reported LHDR to BBB and attorney general in California, Colorado and Illinois. I happened to be visiting in California – so I attempted to find these ... Read More »

Lloyd Ward & Associates and Meracord Hit With RICO Class Action Suit Apparently Open to All Clients

Yesterday the law firm of Hagens Berman filed a class action suit (3:12-cv-05657) in the State of Washington against Meracord (Formerly NoteWorld), Linda Remsberg personally, Lloyd E. Ward, Lloyd Ward PC, Lloyd Ward & Associates, The Lloyd Ward Group, Lloyd Ward Group II, Ward Holdings Inc, and Settlement Compliance Commission. This marks the second active class action suit against Lloyd ... Read More »

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