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EFA Processing and Consumer Law Associates Named in CT Cease & Desist

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EFA Processing, a Texas company, and Consumer Law Associates, a Maryland company, were named in a public notice by the State of Connecticut. The State Said: 1. EFA is a Texas limited partnership with its principal place of business at 7668 Warren Parkway, Suite 325, Frisco, Texas. 2. CLA is a Maryland limited liability company having its principal place of ... Read More »

The Student Loan Help Center – Review. Are They a Scam?

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Company Name The Student Loan Help Center Our Impression of What the Company Offers to Consumers Student loan assistance help for a fee. Address 2634 Cypress Ridge Blvd. Suite 104 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Additional Contact Information Phone: 866-945-2201 Company Description “We offer Federal Student Loan Consolidation Services. Our Financial Counselors will work with you to maximize your savings and ... Read More »

Student Debt Relief studentdebtrelief.us – Review. Are They a Scam?

Audit Stamp Shows Financial Accounting Examination

Company Name Student Debt Relief Our Impression of What the Company Offers to Consumers Advance fee student loan assistance programs. Address 151 NE 5th Ave #401 Delray Beach, FL, 33483 Comes back as an apartment. – Source Additional Contact Information Phone (866) 921-8053 Web [email protected] www.studentdebtrelief.us Company Description “We offer individuals, seeking to consolidate or lower their monthly student loan ... Read More »

U.S. Attorney Plans More Criminal Actions in Debt Relief Industry

White Collar Criminal

NY officials vow attack on predatory debt-fixing (via The Dispatch) Federal authorities announced a crackdown Tuesday on predatory businesses that cheat “desperate and vulnerable” people harmed by the 2008 financial crisis with phony promises to consolidate their debt. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara told a news conference that charges were brought against the owner and… Read More »

The CFPB Civil Action Against Mission Settlement, Levitis, Lupolover, and Others

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action yesterday in a coordinated effort with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and took both civil and criminal action against Mission Settlement Agency and others. Named in the civil complaint filed were Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, Michael Levitis, Law Office of Michael Levitis, Premier Consulting Group, and Law Office of Michael Lupolover. Information ... Read More »

AFCC Takes Some Action and Suspends Mission Settlement Agency

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Yesterday I wrote an article that was critical of the AFCC for their lack of action against Mission Settlement Agency and Rescue One. I have to give them a pat on the back for doing something this time. The AFCC has taken a little bit of action and suspended Mission Settlement Agency as a member. In my opinion they should ... Read More »

How Debt Settlement Employees Can Avoid Long Jail Time

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Yesterday a U.S. Attorney announced criminal charges against debt settlement company owners and employees for fraudulently selling debt relief services to consumers in financial trouble. The Indictment laid out a pattern of activity that many inside debt settlement companies will recognize, if they swivel their chair around. Sadly, what has been assumed to be the normal way to run a ... Read More »

AFCC Current Member Criminally Charged in Debt Settlement Fraudulent Scheme

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In what must certainly be a terrible embarrassment for the American Fair Credit Council, AFCC, one of their members was criminally indicted today by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney. According to documents released today, Mission Settlement Agency, Michael Levitis, and employees Denis Kurlyand, Boris Schulman, and Manuel Cruz have been criminally indicted for misrepresenting debt settlement to consumers and engaging in ... Read More »

Banks Talk About Easing Lending – May, 2013

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The April 2013 Senior Loan Officer Opinion Survey on Bank Lending Practices is just out and here is banks had to say about consumer lending. “Responses from domestic banks indicated that they are somewhat more willing to make consumer installment loans now as opposed to three months ago. However, only a small net fraction of banks reported having eased standards ... Read More »

Scott Law Group Updates Debt Industry Target List

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The Scott Law Group has been very active in going after debt relief companies. They have recently updated their debt settlement litigation page by adding some companies and removing others. Added: American Platinum Financial Services, Inc. Consumer Debt Law Firm, Inc. The Mortgage Law Group, LLP U.S. Debt Processing, Inc. Decca Consumer Law Group The current list of companies they ... Read More »

Debt Collection Companies Still Think Debt Settlement Offers Are Too Low

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A tipster (send in your tips here) pointed out to me an article in insideARM today that talks about why about half of debt collection companies do not yet work with debt settlement companies. “The second most interesting data point to emerge was only one of the top six reasons for not working with debt settlement providers related to the ... Read More »

Jet Debt Settlement. Are You Kidding Me?

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of an email they recently received from a company called Jet Debt Settlement. We’ve got some bad news for you. Your debt isn’t going away. In fact, as You read this, it’s getting worse. Fees and Penalties are adding up. The Good News Is – We’ll Settle ... Read More »

Reader Not Happy With CuraDebt Advertising

Frustration

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a request to have me look at a site, usadebtrelief.biz and said they felt it “seems very pre tsr to me.” The site consists of a home page as shown below. And that certainly does bring back memories of the days before the Telemarketing Sales Rule and advice on what is ... Read More »

Consult America Decides Credit Card Modification is New Name for Debt Settlement

From now on these will be called horses.

Companies have been scrambling to get away from the term debt settlement in an effort to try and claim the services they offer are nothing like the bad debt settlement companies that charged huge advance fees. Consult America is one such company apparently. A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copies of an emails they received from ... Read More »

Debt Settlement in Canada Drying Up Quickly

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I was talking with a high ranking source in Canada inside the debt relief industry. They mentioned the number of debt settlement ads on radio and television have disappeared. The days of heavy debt settlement marketing in Canada are gone. They also said their contacts at national creditors in Canada are reporting new debt settlement proposals have dropped by about ... Read More »

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