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Second Annual Small Business Saturday Could Mean Deal For American Express Cardholders

November hosts Small Business Saturday! Never heard of it? Me either. But apparently in honor of the day which is dedicated to small businesses on the busiest shopping weekend of the year the Better Business Bureau (BBB) is urging consumers to support the day and attempting to spread awareness. “For the second year in a row, American Express OPEN has ... Read More »

Rapid Advance – 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 If anyone has any positive or negative comments to share about this company, please post them in the comments section below. ... Read More »

Telemarketing News & Utah Telemarketing Warning

A couple of telemarketing stories to report today. Telemarketing in Utah I was having a chat with the State of Utah today and they wanted to share important news with any debt relief company that does business over the phone with residents in Utah. Apparently telemarketers talking to Utah residents need to file to become a registered telemarketer. You can ... Read More »

Summit Legal Group, Attorney William O’Toole, Suspended Says Florida Bar

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The Florida Bar announced again that Boca Raton attorney William O’Toole of Summit Legal Group has been suspended. O’Tooles home loan modification and foreclosure business are said to have caused “great public harm.” William Timothy O’Toole, 1489 W. Palmetto Park Road, Suite 494, Boca Raton, suspended until further order, following a July 25 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1992) O’Toole ... Read More »

How Much Christian Debt Relief is Too Much Christian Debt Relief?

A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) directed my attention to a press release sent out last Friday by Nationwide Debt Reduction. – Source The press release directs readers to the website for nationwidedr.com. That’s where I found the marketing and information I’m going to talk about below. Once you land on the home page of Nationwide Debt ... Read More »

LVNV Funding and Resurgent Capital Services Lose Ability to Collect from Maryland Residents

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According to a tip a reader sent in after noticing a mention of this issue from CollectionsCreditRisk.com the following State of Maryland press release was found. Maryland Commissioner of Financial Regulation Suspends Collection Agency Licenses of LVNV Funding, LLC and Resurgent Capital Services BALTIMORE, MD (October 28, 2011) – The Maryland Department of Labor’s (DLLR) Office of Financial Regulation (FinReg) ... Read More »

Bank Of America Backs Off $5 Debit Card Fees After Anti-Fee Petition Skyrockets

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Just one month ago I wrote about the implementation of debit card fees coming into play for big banks such as Chase, Wells Fargo and most notably Bank of America. Due to the change in a new government regulation that caps what banks can charge merchants for debit transactions they announced plans to implement a monthly debit card fee to ... Read More »

Direct Funding Service – Consumer Complaint – 10-31-2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 28, 2011 State You Live in: Alabama Race/Ethnicity: Black or African American Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $60 Company Name: Direct Funding Service Company Address: Gen X Marketing Group, LLC 2519 McMullen Booth RD Suite 510-121 Clearwater, Florida 33761 Company Telephone Number: 888-467-4349 Website of Company: DirectFundingService.com Consumer Statement: Basically, i was ... Read More »

DJR Group – Consumer Complaint – 10-31-2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 14, 2011 State You Live in: Tennessee Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 21-35 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $90 Company Name: DJR Group, LLC Company Address: Company Telephone Number: 855-284-7794 Website of Company: Consumer Statement: Got my information and deposited money in my account without my authorization. Then they took $90.00 dollars out of my account. ... Read More »

What Affects Mortgage Rates?

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The good news about mortgage rates? They’ve been at or near historic lows recently, and by all indications they should stay fairly low for the short term. But as anyone who follows these rates knows, they can be very volatile – sometimes changing multiple times in one day. What affects mortgage rates? In May 2011 I interviewed Joe Kelly, founder ... Read More »

How to Rent a Lovely Home or Apartment After Bankruptcy

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The site just answered a question on how to rent after bankruptcy but I wanted to explore that more and give you some additional resources on how to accomplish that. Renting a place to live after a bankruptcy is actually a relatively easy thing to do with some insight. Granted, the major apartment complexes might not be interested if they ... Read More »

How to Manage Student Loan Debt

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Count yourself among the privileged few if you finish college without accumulating a lot of debt. Unfortunately, the majority of college graduates have student loans to pay off. Depending on the amount of debt you’ve built up, you could end up forking over a portion of your paycheck for years, or even decades, after you leave school. So, you need ... Read More »

LA Court Issues Permanent Order Assuming Jurisdiction Over the Law Practice of Mitchell J. Stein

Mitchell J. Stein is an attorney in California who was alleged to be involved in the marketing of mass joinder cases to consumers to join a lawsuit against their mortgage lenders. A permanent order was issued on October 26, 2011 and states the State Bar of California, Office of Chief Trial Counsel is appointed to do the following: Examine, retrieve, ... Read More »

Avid Law Center – Consumer Complaint – October 26, 2011

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Date This Problem Happened: October 26, 2011 State You Live in: California Race/Ethnicity: White Age Range: 36-50 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $5,000 Company Name: Avid Law Center Company Address: Company Telephone Number: Website of Company: AvidLawCenter.com Consumer Statement: Avid law center scamed me out of 5 thousand dollars, they promise everything, but manipulates u and record u after sayings ... Read More »

Consumer Advocates Group – Consumer Complaint – 10-27-2010

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Date This Problem Happened: March 21, 2011 State You Live in: Kentucky Race/Ethnicity: Black or African-American Age Range: 51-65 Total Amount of Fee Paid: $2,195 Company Name: Consumer Advocates Group Company Address: 11901 SANTA MONICA BLVD SUITE 574 LOS ANGELES, CA 90025 Company Telephone Number: 866-214-0750 Website of Company: consumer-advocates-group.com Consumer Statement: I contacted Consumer-Advocates-Group concerning Forensic audit and modification ... Read More »

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