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Credit Counseling Agencies Need Credit Counseling Help

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Richard Burnett of the Orlando Sentinel recently wrote an interesting piece about the realities of modern non-profit credit counseling and how they need help. With demand dropping, existing credit counseling agencies are scrambling to find new avenues of income. Credit counseling agencies are turning to trying to sell student loan assistance and one agency reports having a pilot program to ... Read More »

Two Florida Aholes Screw Consumers and Univision and Wind Up Strip Searched

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While a bit off topic for me I could not help but share this story just out of the Department of Justice. Basically it’s a financial scam using an offshore call center but Daniel Carrasco, 54, and Federico Martin Gioja, 45, of Miramar, Florida had quite a pair of Cojones. A grand jury in the Southern District of Florida issued ... Read More »

Credit Counseling Services and the Bankruptcy Conundrum

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A press release out by Advantage Credit Counseling Service drew me to their site today. – Source. While there I came across a good example of the ethical conundrum facing nonprofit credit counselors today. Advance Credit Counseling Service is not alone in dealing with this problem. According to the Advantage Credit Counseling Service website they are a proud member of ... Read More »

Debt Defense Services is Back and Making Some Disturbing Claims

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Recently a debt relief insider and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me documents that were being circulated by Debt Defense Services. I’ve written about them before, see this. This time they are trying to recruit people by telling them how debt settlement companies switch to selling their debt relief services once they hear about what they have to ... Read More »

Worth Unlimited Scam Comment Leads to Missing Complaints and this Review

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Shane Sorensen came into the site and left the following comment on this question. He might have meant well but what is he really advising the reader to do? “Bob, check out this. This is helping me reach my goals and I’m getting out of debt in 1/2 the time and I didn’t change my income or my budget or ... Read More »

Federal Student Aid Relief Website Generates Legitimate Concerns

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A reader wanted to know more about a company called Federal Student Aid Relief that operates a website (FederalStudentAidRelief.com) with a picture of a capitol building on the site. The reader claims they did a bit of secret shopping as well and said, “When I called them I got a guy with a heavy New York accent who definitely implied ... Read More »

Mortgage Rescue Company Advertises Commission Only Jobs With Law Firm. Dumbass.

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a tip about a company in Florida that is recruiting for commission only sales positions with a company that is making outbound sales calls to sell “residential clients in a lawsuit against mortgage lenders.” This appears to clearly be fee-splitting between attorneys and non-attorneys. That’s a big no-no and an issue ... Read More »

Consumer Credit Counseling Insider Alleges Corners Are Being Cut to Sell DMP

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A tipster (send in your tips here) reached out to me from inside a very recognized consumer credit counseling organization and shared with me their concerns about corners they felt were being cut. I’ll share the comments they shared with me, minus the company name, and I’d love to hear you opinion of how widespread you feel these practices are. ... Read More »

This is Why People Need to Be Aware Who They Are Talking to at Debt Relief Companies

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Every once in a while I look around the web to see who is advertising. Today I spotted an help wanted advertisement by Preferred Financial Services that typifies why consumers need to be careful when calling the average debt relief company. People think that what they are getting is fair and balanced advice by an independent person who wants to ... Read More »

InCharge Debt Solutions Gives Employees Access to Your Personal Information at Home

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InCharge Debt Solutions, and Orlando based non-profit credit counseling agency, just put out a press release that brags about how their telecommuting program benefits the environment. It even included a neat little infographic which you can see below. “Improving our employees’ quality of life and job satisfaction were enough for me,” said Ms. Money from InCharge. “Reaping the additional benefits ... Read More »

Nigerian Christian Web Network for Debt Settlement – Insane

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A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a link for a debt relief company called Christian Web network located in Nigeria. The advertisement was a request for debt settlement companies to engage with them in hopes of creating a “lucrative” business relationship. – Source If this is being directed towards debt settlement companies or consumers in either the ... Read More »

I’d Like to Open a Credit Repair Business in California. What Should I Do? – Edward

Dear Steve, I like to open my credit repair company in California and I can afford the down payment for the bound it is going to be $10,000 to $20,000 m I like to do this business because I know I can help a lot of people that need an honest solution to their problem, and not make them pay ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Advice for Debt Settlement Companies and Consumers – Part 7 – Recovery

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When consumers encounter financial difficulty, I believe it is important to review their potential solutions with the possible end results in mind. To me, the entire purpose behind debt relief intervention, is recovery. What does the consumer need to do in order to resolve their situation, so they may recover, rebuild, and become productive again? That’s the basis for every ... Read More »

Ferry & Nicholas – “We Are Not a Settlement Company.” Walks Like a Duck.

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A reader and employee of a debt settlement company sent in a copy of a letter they received from a company out of Pennsylvania, Ferry & Nicholas. The tipster (send in your tips here) was confused and says, “They are not a debt settlement company, not attorneys but they will negotiate a settlement?” Yea, that is very odd indeed. So ... Read More »

Reader Sends in August Belmont Agreement for Debt Elimination Through Contract Review.

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A reader sent in a recent contract for services from the debt relief company August Belmont. The tipster (send in your tips here) wanted me to read and review the agreement. The August Belmont & Company services are described by them on their site. They say, “August Belmont & Company is a Private Lawyer Referral Service that educates and refers ... Read More »