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Nonprofit 501(c)3 Credit Counseling Group Kind of Offering Debt Settlement

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It seems like it’s been several years now since I first started talking about the need for nonprofit credit counseling groups to offer debt settlement as a tool they can use to assist consumers with. A reader sent me an email and pointed out that Community Credit Counseling Corporation out of New Jersey is now doing that openly. Apparently they ... Read More »

Brookstone Law Mailer. The Line Between Clever Advertising and Too Much.

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A reader shared the following mailer from Brookstone Law. In the past I have been very critical of attorney mailers selling real estate related services that appeared to be official government looking forms or notices. Those forms did not disclose they were attorney advertising and some even had official looking government seals and logos. This mailer from Brookstone Law raises ... Read More »

Oh Dear – Debt Help and Answers Site Needs Help

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Someone asked me to look at debthelpandanswers.com, and so I did. Clearly what we have here is a small player who is trying to attract potential customers. The site appears to be for a Marcella Hill. My clients are everyday American’s who are facing financial crisis due to the current economy and personal hardships. My clients are served by me, ... Read More »

Bogus National Debt Relief Hardship Program Mailer Still Being Sent

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First off I would like to applaud the debt relief company that sent me in this mailer. Good debt relief companies that care about consumers and who want to play a role is stamping out bogus advertising that hurt the entire industry, can play a role by forwarding material to me at [email protected] I’ve covered bogus mailers on The National ... Read More »

The Resolution Law Group Sued Over Claims in Mailer by First Mariner Bank

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It looks like another company marketing services against lenders has run into trouble as a result of their mailers. It’s somewhat similar to the claims made against another company, NHT Law Group. You can read that story here. It looks like mortgage lenders are going after these mass joinder like mailers more often. In the complaint filed against The Resolution ... Read More »

Debt Dispute: Phoenix Marketing Managers Claim to Offer Next Big Debt Relief Product – Debt Defense Services

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A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me an email from a company called Phoenix Marketing Managers that claims to have a superior product for the debt relief industry and is seeking affiliates. Only one problem, it seems like it is way too expensive and will draw the attention of regulators with some of the unsupported claims made. From ... Read More »

Beware of U.S. Federal Stimulus Package Mailer Promising Debt Help

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A reader sent in a mailer they recently received. I can’t believe these mailers are still being sent out. The mailer says, “You are hereby notified that benefits set aside, through the 2010 U.S. Federal Stimulus Package, in the name of [x] are set to expire as of 1/4/2012 at 12 Midnight E.S.T. If said benefits have not been redeemed, ... Read More »

Mason Easy-Pay Review. What’s the Easy Pay Pitch All About

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A catalog is being sent out for Mason Easy Pay. It advertises hats and footwear at easy monthly payment prices. Buy Now, Pay Later the catalog says on the cover. Anytime I see something mailed to the masses with a “Pre-Approved” message of pay later my radar typically goes up. I thought I’d take a closer look at this financing ... Read More »

Hooking Up to Get Out of Debt. Sex for College Tuition.

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If you were deep in debt, owed a bunch of money for school in college loans and had a smoking hot body, would you be willing to trade a little companionship and ah, sex, to pay off your debt faster? Well that’s exactly what some “sugar babies” are doing. The website Seeking Arrangement.com helps to make connections between what they ... Read More »

MP-50416E is the Newest Mass Joinder Mailer to Watch Out For

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A reader sent in a new version of the mass joinder mailer that is now going out. This is just another misleading marketing piece that looks just like the H-118, 52PLL-T, and 1012-R mailers I’ve written about before. This mailer makes the same unsubstantiated claims of debt forgiveness, interest rate reductions, balance reductions, and an award for monetary damages. Be ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Law Firm FBL Associates Now Selling Bankruptcy at Blue Chip Bankruptcy

A tipster (send in your tips here) reported that former debt settlement law firm FBL Associates is now looking for sales reps for a new site they setup at BlueChipBankruptcy.com. The Blue Chip Bankruptcy site is interesting since it makes no apparent mention of debt settlement, a program that FBL Associates has been behind for a awhile now. The Blue ... Read More »

Deceptive ‘Credit Card’ Marketers Settle FTC Charges; Cards Were Good Only for Buying ‘Low Pay’ Catalog Merchandise at High Prices

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As part of its ongoing efforts to stop deceptive marketing, the Federal Trade Commission halted an operation that deceived consumers into paying for bogus credit cards and charged them illegal fees. The marketers behind this operation agreed to a settlement that will halt their illegal tactics and provide money for consumer redress. The FTC reached a settlement with six defendants ... Read More »

Is This Not The Most Misguided Picture to Put on a Debt Relief Homepage? It Actually Startled Me.

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I was just checking out the site of Shaw & Associates, a bankruptcy attorney with an alternative to bankruptcy, and this is the picture that hits you smack in the face. Really, green teeth and green eyes? It’s obviously a web designer issue but whoever posted this picture needs to be __________ (you fill in the blank). Here is the ... Read More »

Credit Solutions Announces it Will Comply FTC But Tipster Provides Interesting Info

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Thanks to an awesome tipster (send in your tips here) I have heard that Credit Solutions held an internal meeting yesterday and announced to staff that the company will comply with the new FTC TSR, effective yesterday. In my opinion I think CSA has a potential issue with their statement: “Amount of time necessary to obtain the represented results: The ... Read More »

I Want to Start a Debt Settlement Company But Have Some Questions. – Doyle

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This came in through the reader question section of the site but I thought debt relief industry readers would have a lot to share to help Doyle by putting in in the industry section. I’ll leave this one for everyone to offer their feedback and advice to help Doyle. Doyle writes: “Dear Steve, I just came across your site and ... Read More »

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