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So You Are Going to File Bankruptcy. That’s Good News. Congratulations.

The decision to file bankruptcy should be a celebration.

Here is something you don’t expect to hear people say, “If you file bankruptcy your life will get better.” Well, I did file bankruptcy and my life did get better. Within three years after our bankruptcy we had purchased a house and before that had rebuild great credit using secured credit cards. In fact for me, my financial failure and ... Read More »

American Tax Relief Scammers Agree to Pay Millions to Settle With FTC Over False Promises

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Under an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in a scheme that allegedly bilked consumers out of more than $100 million by falsely claiming they could reduce their tax debts must surrender more than $15 million in cash and assets to settle charges that they violated federal law. Under the settlement order, American Tax Relief LLC and its ... Read More »

Broadsword Student Advantage Sells People Student Loan Help They Could Get for Free

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A reader wanted to know more about a radio commercial they heard in California that was promising a student loan assistance or consolidation program. The reader said the telephone number in the radio advertisement was 800-514-9773 and they thought the company was Student Advantage. So I called to find out what the service was all about.The telephone was answered by ... 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 »

FTC Shuts Debt Collection Company That Threatened Consumers

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court shut down a Houston-based debt collection operation that allegedly illegally used insults, lies, and false threats to collect on payday loans – including telling a Virginia woman that she would be arrested and jailed for three years, and would lose her disability payments if she did not pay ... Read More »

Helanie Olen Talks About Bad Advice by Suze Orman, David Bach and Dave Ramsey

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Author Helanie Olen has recently released a new book title Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry. In this book she discusses the blind faith of many to follow the personal finance advice of popular financial gurus without question. She also talks about the issues surrounding financial literacy and the fallacies about it’s effectiveness. For me ... Read More »

As Economy Recovers Less Jobs Will Be Available for Middle Class. It’s the Robots.

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Have you noticed that the stock market has been doing great and companies are talking about big profits but the numbers of unemployed have remained without a whole lot of reduction? Consider this, over the same time period that the economy has been in the toilet, technology is allowing companies to do more with fewer employees needed. Companies are utilizing ... Read More »

Scam Auto Loan Modification Companies Permanently Closed by FTC

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In a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, two California-based companies and their principals, who allegedly took hundreds of thousands of dollars from consumers, are banned from marketing auto loan relief or any other type of debt relief to consumers. The FTC filed charges against the companies – Kore Services LLC, doing business as Auto Debt Consulting, and NAFSO VLM, ... Read More »

Ticking Student Loan Time Bomb One Step Closer to Exploding

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A recent TransUnion study has revealed that more than half of student loan accounts are in deferred status, where the repayment of the principal and interest of the loan is temporarily delayed. In my experience the primary reason people do this is when the full student loan payments are unaffordable and they need falsely perceived breathing room. Deferred loans now ... Read More »

California AG Arrests Three, Including Public Notary, in Mortgage Elimination Scam

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have been intercepted and redirected to a resource page on the California Attorney General’s website. The felony complaint alleges that Ronald Vernon Cupp, ... Read More »

Innovative Wealth Builders Finally Shutdown by FTC

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Tampa Telemarketers Alleged to Have Falsely Promised To Save Consumers Thousands on Credit Card Debt At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has temporarily shut down Innovative Wealth Builders, Inc. (IWB), which allegedly operated a credit card interest rate reduction scam, pending resolution of the FTC’s cases against the operation. The ... Read More »

FHTM Path to Financial Independence Scam Stopped by FTC

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and North Carolina, a federal court has halted an allegedly illegal pyramid scheme pending trial. The FTC and the state attorneys general seek to stop the allegedly illegal practices of the Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) operation, which claimed consumers would make substantial income by joining the ... Read More »

Debt Related PTSD and Financial PTSD Quietly Hurts Many

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We commonly think that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that only combat troops face. It’s thought of as an effect only of war. But that’s not the whole story. Through news reports and media coverage we are also aware of the ripples and problems PTSD can create in the lives of many brave military members after they return home. ... Read More »

Timeshare Resale Scammers Barred From Business, Must Pay Millions

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FTC Alleged that Defendants Falsely Claimed They Had Buyers Lined Up for Consumers’ Properties As the result of a Federal Trade Commission action, the operators of a scheme that allegedly deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare properties are permanently banned from the timeshare resale business, and from all telemarketing, and one of them has been ordered to ... Read More »

Jeremy Johnson and I Works Drag Family Down. Mansion and Silver Bars to Go.

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This enterprise hit my radar about 18 months ago when I wrote BadCustomer.com Investigative Report. Is it a Scam or Something You Need to Be Afraid Of? The story of the fall of Jeremy Johnson is one for the record books. Another sad tale of a tumble from philanthropist to incarcerated. The Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court ... Read More »

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