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Dave and Marie Show – How Dave Burke Turns His Troubled Debt Relief Past Into Something Else

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Readers keep sending me information about Dave Burke. Burke is the discredited gent from Colorado who turned radio advertorial shows into selling advanced fee, no refund debt coaching to a lot of people. When people were unable to come up with the rest of the coaching fee, they were sent to collections. Under a settlement reached with the Colorado Attorney ... Read More »

Russia Credit Card Marketing Picking Up Speed With Tinkoff Credit Systems

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I was just in St. Petersburg, Russia and noticed that credit cards were not accepted everywhere, but yet enough places to separate me from my money. Had I known about Tinkoff Credit Systems when I was in St. Petersburg I would have dropped in to talk to them. It seems that Tinkoff Credit Systems has been generating a lot of ... Read More »

California Mass Joinder Attorney Anthony Kassas Fails to Show Up for His Own Trial

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From the State Bar of California. A Diamond Bar, California attorney accused of a massive loan modification scam that victimized more than 50 distressed homeowners is facing disbarment by default. Anthony J. Kassas, 35, [Bar # 227647] was the subject of the most extensive disciplinary charging document in recent State Bar history – 285 counts of misconduct involving 56 clients, ... Read More »

Consumer First Legal Group Concerns Raised by Reader

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We recently received a tip from a reader that made some claims about Consumer First Legal Group. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: “im sure you already have the jump on a few things. but in case you dont LHDR – The Mortgage Law Group now go by “Consumer First Legal Group”. They are playing the shell game ... Read More »

Watch Out and Warn Others About Twitter Identity Theft on Tvivvter.com

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I just received the following Twitter message. When I clicked on the link it took me to a page for a site that spoofs the Twitter site and asks you for your credentials. Entering your Twitter information here (http://tvivvter.com/log%20in/bh/?&session_timed_out) will lead to it being given over to a spoofer. As you can see, if you are not careful, you might ... Read More »

I Left London and Moved Out of the UK But My Roommate Never Paid the Rent. – Liliana

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“Dear Jon, I was living in london for a year, after I came back to my country, I knew that my room mate never paid the rent to our land lord, i was in the warranty´s papers How I can know if i am in a list for debtors in London??? Liliana” Don’t miss our free Get Out of Debt ... Read More »

Mortgage Modification Scammers Rounded Up by Law Enforcement

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This announcement by the folks at the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program should make anyone that feels like they’ve been screwed by a mortgage modification company, get a half smile. Federal agents this morning arrested 10 defendants who worked at a Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.,-based business that allegedly offered bogus loan modification programs to ... Read More »

Tax Will be Due on Forgiven Mortgage Debt Unless Congress Acts

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Thanks to a reader and tipster (send in your tips here) I was alerted to the following story about the soon to be ending tax forgiveness regulation for homeowners getting mortgage debt forgiveness. “In 2007, Congress enacted the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act, which prevents homeowners from paying taxes when their mortgage debt is forgiven due to a decline in ... Read More »

Prime Credit Experts Makes Claims That Seem Deceptive for Consumers

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I saw an online ad for a company called Prime Credit Experts that said “Permanently Remove Charge Offs – Immediately Improve Your Credit Score.” – Source. So of course I had to go take a look at their site. When credit repair companies make claims about their services and being able to delete inaccurate information from a credit report, that’s ... Read More »

Are Companies Held Hostage Online? What is Fair?

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Someone asked me recently what I thought about sites like ConsumerAffairs.com and their program that only let companies publicly respond to consumer complaints posted about them by paying a fee. To be honest I really had not paid any attention to what was happening on ConsumerAffairs.com so I went and took a look. And sure enough, apparently ConsumerAffairs.com does not ... Read More »

Sad Findings Show Americans Suck at Managing Their Money. 1 in 3 Have No Savings Account.

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) recently released their latest findings on how people deal with managing their money. I’m not talking about high level issues like which mutual fund provides a better return, but like do you have a savings account. As a consumer debt expert the information is disturbing in two ways for me. First, I can visualize ... Read More »

Old Dog – FDCPA Lesson Learned

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I’ve been living with dealing with debt since 1990 and began professionally helping people with debt problems in 1994. There are just fewer issues that come along these days that surprise me and teach this old dog something new. But once in a while one does. This one has to do with a incorrect assumption that myself and many others ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Announces Final Arrest in Telemarketing Land Scam Case

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced today that the last suspect in a multi-state telemarketing ring is now in custody. Deputies with the Howell County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office arrested Michael Sweigart last night. Several anonymous tips to the Attorney General’s Office led officers to a home in West Plains, Missouri, where Sweigart went into custody without incident. He had been ... Read More »

Attorney General DeWine Reminds Ohioans of New Program to Help Identity-Theft Victims at Columbus Fraud Forum

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Attorney General Mike DeWine reminded Ohioans today at the Central Ohio Community Fraud Forum that he has launched a new program to assist victims of identity theft. “Identity theft can be extremely damaging to victims and difficult to recover from,” said Attorney General DeWine. “We’ve created this program to help victims get their lives back on track.” The new Identity ... Read More »

Living in Republic of Ireland and Struggling to Make Property Payments. Will We Lose Our UK Property?

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“Dear Jon, I lived in the Republic of ireland from 2000-2008. My husband and I purchased a property there in 2005. We are struggling to make the payments on this property as we have since bought a house in northern Ireland (where we have lived since 2008). My question is if we were to foreclose on the Republic of Ireland ... Read More »

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