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Brookstone Law Mailer. The Line Between Clever Advertising and Too Much.

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A reader shared the following mailer from Brookstone Law. In the past I have been very critical of attorney mailers selling real estate related services that appeared to be official government looking forms or notices. Those forms did not disclose they were attorney advertising and some even had official looking government seals and logos. This mailer from Brookstone Law raises ... Read More »

Oh Dear – Debt Help and Answers Site Needs Help

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Someone asked me to look at debthelpandanswers.com, and so I did. Clearly what we have here is a small player who is trying to attract potential customers. The site appears to be for a Marcella Hill. My clients are everyday American’s who are facing financial crisis due to the current economy and personal hardships. My clients are served by me, ... Read More »

Bogus National Debt Relief Hardship Program Mailer Still Being Sent

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First off I would like to applaud the debt relief company that sent me in this mailer. Good debt relief companies that care about consumers and who want to play a role is stamping out bogus advertising that hurt the entire industry, can play a role by forwarding material to me at [email protected] I’ve covered bogus mailers on The National ... Read More »

The Resolution Law Group Sued Over Claims in Mailer by First Mariner Bank

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It looks like another company marketing services against lenders has run into trouble as a result of their mailers. It’s somewhat similar to the claims made against another company, NHT Law Group. You can read that story here. It looks like mortgage lenders are going after these mass joinder like mailers more often. In the complaint filed against The Resolution ... Read More »

Debt Dispute: Phoenix Marketing Managers Claim to Offer Next Big Debt Relief Product – Debt Defense Services

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A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me an email from a company called Phoenix Marketing Managers that claims to have a superior product for the debt relief industry and is seeking affiliates. Only one problem, it seems like it is way too expensive and will draw the attention of regulators with some of the unsupported claims made. From ... Read More »

Beware of U.S. Federal Stimulus Package Mailer Promising Debt Help

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A reader sent in a mailer they recently received. I can’t believe these mailers are still being sent out. The mailer says, “You are hereby notified that benefits set aside, through the 2010 U.S. Federal Stimulus Package, in the name of [x] are set to expire as of 1/4/2012 at 12 Midnight E.S.T. If said benefits have not been redeemed, ... Read More »

United Debt Services Hosts Odd Sweepstakes

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A reader sent me the link for a contest held by the debt settlement company United Debt Services. The contest page says that United Debt Services, UDS, will hold a contest monthly and the video shown is of the first drawing held on October 31, 2011. The terms of the drawing are: Promotion limited to existing customers of United Debt ... Read More »

Credit Card Debt Consolidation Paying People to Join Debt Management and Debt Settlement

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A reader sent me in a questions about a recent press release put out by Credit Card Debt Consolidation. The reader said “Don’t the UDMSA regulations and a number of states prohibit incentives and rebates for debt relief programs?” I’ll let the debt relief industry readers answer that one. I did notice their home page has the BBB logo on ... Read More »

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Mailer. Reader Reports Them to Bar.

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) just sent in a mailer they received from Legal Helpers Debt Resolution and Macey, Aleman, Hyslip & Searns. The reader sent the mailer in through the tip line here and said: Here is a solicitation letter I received form Legal Helpers/Macey Aleman. I am a North Carolina resident. The required disclaimer ... Read More »

Debt Restructure Sales Script Fails MSTARS SAFTI Checklist

Recently I exposed the debt restructure sales effort in Consumer Debt Restructuring 101: What It is and Why You Should Avoid It. Consumer debt restructure is going to become the next wave of marketing efforts for old advanced fee debt settlement sales operations. Following that article a tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a mandatory disclosure statement from ... Read More »

Nonprofit Credit Counselors Now Paying People to Join Debt Management Plan

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A New Horizon Credit Counseling Services has engaged in a new approach to landing consumers for their debt management program, pay them. According to A New Horizon Credit Counseling Service they will enroll consumers into their debt management plan for free and give them $100 for joining. A New Horizon Credit Counseling Service calls this program their Win-Win Program. Clearly ... Read More »

Ridiculous Debt Relief Mailer – Avoid Credit Card Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2011.

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Thanks to another wonderful tipster (send in your tips here), here is another version of the sudden wave of misleading and deceptive debt relief mailers that are being sent out. This one is titled the Credit Card Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2011. What is blazingly stupid is that in the very first sentence it refers to the Credit Card ... Read More »

Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2011 Mailer – It’s Total BS

Thanks to some pretty awesome tipster (send in your tips here)s the flood of fake, misleading and deceptive mailers has been coming in fast. The latest is the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2011 mailer that tells consumers they need a Forensic Mitigation Program. For those of us who deal with the consumers and debt even the ... Read More »

Tipster Sends in Postcard Pitch. Do You Think It’s a Good Idea?

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A tipster (send in your tips here) just sent in an mailer they got from a marketing firm that wanted to target people in their area that are 60 days late on their mortgage, have late credit card payments, lawsuits, or judgments. Does anyone think it’s a smart move to contact these people using the postcards shown below? Is anyone ... Read More »

Deceptive Debt Relief Flyers Being Sent Out. Beware!

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For some reason there has been a resurrection of a previously sent debt settlement flyer. The flyer makes all sorts of promises about magical debt reduction but it certainly appears to be nothing more than a shining example of the type of debt relief marketing material that was made illegal under the FTC telemarketing sales rules. This particular mailer is ... Read More »

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