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Dubious Loan Offer Concerns Me – Watch List

The following information appears only because this entity has hit my radar and has raised a concern and I do not want to lose this information. I’m keeping it handy in case issues appear in the future. Steve Notes The following loan offer is being promoted and it has raised some serious warning bells and questions. It feels like an ... Read More »

I’m Studying in London But Owe 10K GBP And May Have to Leave the Country. – Danny

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“Dear Jon, im a foreign student studying in london and i have a bank loan of 10K GBP and my visa is goin to expire late 2012. still has 3 years to pay before my visa expires.. im having problem coz they are not renewing student visa anymore,, what shall i do then. shall i go back to my country ... Read More »

Hacking, Blackmailing And Idiocy: How Not To Get A Job From Marriott

Did you hear the one about Hungarian who hacked Marriott’s computers and demanded employment? No? It’s a real doozy. Hungarian citizen, Attila Nemeth, has plead guilty to transmitting a malicious code to Marriott International Corporation (Marriott) computers and threatened to reveal confidential information obtained within the company’s computers unless Marriott offered him a job. I’m not sure how job interviews ... Read More »

FTC Continues TSR Crack Down

As part of its ongoing efforts to crack down on illegal pre-recorded robocalls, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is taking action against an operation that allegedly helped clients make illegal robocalls, call phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry, and mask Caller ID information, in violation of the FTC’s Telemarketing Sales Rule. This conduct generated tens of thousands ... Read More »

I’m in Scotland and My Debt Management Plan Isn’t Working. – Christine

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“Dear Jon, debts out of control i entered into a debt management plan 19months ago. paying £175 with the company taking £35 pounds every month from this, my crditors where still adding interest and so my dedt level is now £18000. i have been advised in different ways 1 beening bankrupcy which the campany want £140 per months for the ... Read More »

We Eliminated Our UK Debt With an IVA But a Loan is Reported as Defaulted. – Katie

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“Dear Jon, My husband and I were in debt (lots of reasons ie becoming parents relocating from large city etc…) so we were finally at our wits end and decided IVA was for us as Rich (husband) is a police officer so bankruptcy was not an option if he wanted to keep his job. We ended up offering the insolvency ... Read More »

What to Do About Unauthorized Withdrawals from a Bank Account

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Recently people have been complaining about a number of unauthorized electronic debits or access into their bank accounts, both checking and savings, by a group called Direct Funding Service. The advice I’m going to give you is relevant to any unauthorized account access you may see on your bank account. If your bank is an FDIC regulated bank you need ... Read More »

Consumer Has Money Taken Out of Her Account Without Permission. Wells Fargo Blames Her.

It has long been held that if a consumer notices a fraudulent transfer out of an account that they should notify the bank immediately. U.S. banks have typically been good about protecting the consumer. UK banks on the other hand have seemed to tend to blame the victim. In a turn of at least one banks position, Wells Fargo Bank ... Read More »

Federal Stimulus Program Mailer. Yea, Avoid This One.

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A reader just sent in a mailer they got recently. It looks like the mailers that were going out over a year ago and claiming special debt settlement benefits. This mailer claims to offer debt reduction benefits under the 2010 Federal Stimulus Program and then refers to it as the FSPL. Where the L came from, I don’t know. The ... Read More »

Arizona Telemarking Scam Leaves 5,000 Out Of Over $6.3 Million

Earlier this month word broke when a complaint was issued against four Arizona LLCs and 11 Arizonians that Arizona telemarketers had defrauded almost 5,000 people out of over $6.3 million. These criminals conducted a scam that used victims’ credit-card limits to determine how much to charge them in setting up their very own “web mall” business that they would receive ... Read More »

USOBA Renounces Fingo Group. Warns Consumers.

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Recently I’ve written a couple of stories about the Fingo Group and in their contracts it says for consumers with issues to contact USOBA if they have any complaints or issues. Jenna Keehen from USOBA has just released a statement that makes it clear USOBA has no relationship with the Fingo Group. USOBA does not have any record of a ... Read More »

Reader Reports Successful Refund From Reorganization Management Group

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I received an email from a reader that wanted to share information about a company I’ve written about before, Reorganization Management Group. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Steve: I wanted to point out to you a recent settlement we did with RMG. We were able to get $7500 back from this company. They settle thru Global ... Read More »

Considering Purchasing A Work-At-Home Program? The FTC’s Business Opportunity Rule Is Here To Help

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)’s Business Opportunity Rule has been approved for changes that will ensure consumers have information needed when considering buying a “work-at-home” program or other similar business opportunities. Now simplified are the disclosures that business opportunity sellers must provide to prospective buyers. The disclosures will help consumers considering a purchase of such a program to asses the ... Read More »

Reporter Helps to Bring Down Steven J. Baum Foreclosure Mill

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Well it’s over. It appears the law firm of Steven J. Baum, P.C. in New York is laying off 89 employees and closing up shop. I doubt you’d recognize the name of the lawyer or the firm but I bet you’ve recognize some of the pictures that were recently published from the office Halloween party in 2010. This pictures sent ... Read More »

OCC Alert: Unauthorized Banking: Mexican Financial Entities

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has been informed that the below-mentioned entities have represented themselves as banks and offered banking products and services to the general public. The National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBV) of Mexico states that the below listed entities are not part of the Mexican financial system, are not supervised by the CNBV, ... Read More »

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