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Non-Profit Housing Counseling Agencies to be Focus of IRS Examinations

The report below comes from Venable law firm. All I can say to my credit counseling friends is they better learn the meaning of the phrase BOHICA (Bend Over Here It Comes Again). Earlier this year, the Internal Revenue Service’s (“IRS”) Exempt Organizations (“EO”) division unveiled its annual work plan. The plan highlights EO’s priorities for the year and is ... Read More »

Credit Card Delinquency Rates Continue Decline

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What spells good news for American consumers, spells more bad news for the debt relief industry. According to TransUnion, the national credit card delinquency rate for people more than 90 days past due has dropped to 0.73% from last quarters 0.78%. In addition the average credit card debt per borrower decreased by $242 to $4,962. While total credit card originations ... Read More »

Credit Counselor or Debt Collector? Midland Credit Management Applies Clever Approach.

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I just had an opportunity to look at the website for Midland Credit Management and I must say, for a collections agency they certainly appear more like a credit counseling group. Don’t get me wrong, it appear they provide full and apparent disclosure they are a debt collector, “Please understand that this is a communication from a debt collector. This ... Read More »

USADP – USA Debt Processors Says What?

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A reader sent in an email with a message about USA Debt Processors. They wanted to know: How can they say they are “FTC Compliant” at bottom of page? They do not appear to be licensed in Indiana. Global Client Solutions is identified as a bank and FDIC insured. So I went and checked the claims made. It does appear ... Read More »

Wow. HomeStreet Bank and American Financial Solutions Don’t Seem to Understand Debt Settlement, At All

A reader brought my attention to a press release sent out by HomeStree Bank in Hawaii and the nonprofit credit counseling group American Financial Solutions. One thing is clear after I read the release is either those two companies don’t understand how debt settlement works at all or the person that wrote the press release is not all that informed. ... Read More »

Nonprofit 501(c)3 Credit Counseling Group Kind of Offering Debt Settlement

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It seems like it’s been several years now since I first started talking about the need for nonprofit credit counseling groups to offer debt settlement as a tool they can use to assist consumers with. A reader sent me an email and pointed out that Community Credit Counseling Corporation out of New Jersey is now doing that openly. Apparently they ... Read More »

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 »

Debt Relief Companies Registered in Colorado Shows Little Registration Activity

A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a current list of debt management companies that are registered to offer debt management services. What surprised me in looking over the list was how few registrations there actually were, in the past 16 months, since January 1, 2011. The list of providers says only the following companies have ... Read More »

Nova Scotia, Canada Debt Settlement Protection Act

Nova Scotia has introduced the Debt Settlement Protection Act and it had the first reading on April 26, 2012. The act states: Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows: 1 This Act may be cited as the Debt Settlement Protection Act. 2 In this Act, (a) “agent” means a person employed, appointed or authorized by a debt ... Read More »

Texas Man Sentenced to Jail for Foreclosure Rescue Scam

An Austin, Texas, man was sentenced yesterday in the Western District of Texas to 61 months in prison and was ordered to forfeit $84,010 for his role in operating a foreclosure-rescue scam in Southern California and elsewhere that charged distressed homeowners fees in exchange for fraudulently delaying foreclosure sales. Frederic Alan Gladle, 53, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Lee ... Read More »

Debt Relief Options – What In The World is Going On?

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A couple of loyal readers sent me in tips about a recent press release by Debt Relief Options (DebtReliefOptions.com) out of Frisco, Texas. Both readers wanted to point out the $100,000 sweepstakes Debt Relief Options was offering and one made the point Debt Relief Options appears to not be registered to do business in Texas, which is an interesting point ... Read More »

Debt Relief Law Center Attorney Takes Cash to Modify Mortgages and Gets Disbarred Instead

A Los Angeles attorney accused of misappropriating $1.1 million from 10 clients has agreed to be disbarred, the State Bar announced Wednesday. In one of the largest misappropriation cases ever handled by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, Vafa Allan Khoshbin [bar# 165486], 52, had promised clients he could get their first mortgages modified and their second mortgages settled for ... Read More »

That’s Weird. Lloyd Ward Law Website Now Sells New York City Hotel Rooms

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Previously I wrote about a website, LloydWardLaw.com, that was about promoting apparent mass joinder marketing for Dallas, Texas attorney, Lloyd Ward and law firm Lloyd Ward & Associates. You can see a previous view of that site here. So imagine my surprise when I just got a tip the content on that site that promoted Texas attorney Lloyd Ward had ... Read More »

Bear Hunt Excuse Used in Update to Most Bizarre Debt Industry Lawsuit

In March I wrote about the most bizarre debt industry lawsuit of the year. It involved Lloyd Regner and Kevin Devoto, guys that had a relationship with Lloyd Ward. In the last article on this matter, which is a must read, the case against Devoto and others by Regner was laid out. The case involved characters identified as “Convict”, “Charlatan”, ... Read More »

Settlement Reached in The Mortgage Law Group and Underwater Property Solutions Suit by Arizona AG

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne has reached a settlement with Underwater Property Solutions, LLC (“UPS”), a Scottsdale, Arizona based mortgage loan modification service company that the State accused, in a consumer fraud lawsuit, of participating in a deceptive scheme designed to collect advance fees from consumers looking for assistance in obtaining mortgage loan modifications. In nearly all cases, it is ... Read More »

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