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First Debt Settlement Plan Approved in Ireland Today

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It feels like a lifetime ago I first began working to bring debt settlement to the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland already has a form of debt settlement known at the Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). Not only did ROI not have any chance of a formal debt settlement approach to dealing with creditors, but there was also no real consumer ... Read More »

Rural Housing Service is Looking for Debt Settlement Help

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If you are a debt relief company and have not yet reached out to the Rural Housing Service (RHS) to provide debt settlement or debt relief help to their clients, maybe you should. The Rural Housing Service (RHS) is a credit agency for rural housing and community development within the Rural Development mission area of the Department of Agriculture. RHS ... Read More »

CRL Report Results in Silence From the Debt Relief Industry

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The other day I published the debt settlement recommendation report from The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL), click here. As vocal as critics have been in attacking this site and myself for being outspoken about consumer unfriendly debt relief practices I felt certain people would have comments to offer about the CRL recommendations. But silence, except for one commenter. Some ... Read More »

CRL Comes Out With Debt Settlement Warning. Is it Fair?

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The Center for Responsible Lending just released a paper on debt settlement. Take a look at the information they published and add your comment below if you think their research is on the mark or way off base. It appears CRL relied upon data published by the American Fair Credit Council in making their determinations on effectiveness. CRL even thanks ... Read More »

Debt Relief Mortgage Modification Guys Headed to Jail

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The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program has announced two Florida men were convicted of defrauding homeowners in Massachusetts and elsewhere in a home loan modification scam. Christopher S. Godfrey, 44, of Delray Beach, Fla., and Dennis Fischer, 42, of Highland Beach, Fla., were convicted of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, and misuse of ... Read More »

Debt Collection Complaints Latest Data

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A big hat tip to the folks at Collections & Credit Risk for posting a breakdown of the CFPB October data on debt collection complaints. According to the October data the debt collection complaints fell out like this: 485 (40.9%) continued attempts to collect debt not owed 244 (20.6%) communication tactics 233 (19.6%) disclosure verification of debt 82 (6.9%) false ... Read More »

New Opportunities for Debt Relief Under Community Development Services

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Treasury (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have issued a notice that may be an opportunity for debt relief companies. Under the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) banks are encouraged to participate in community development services. The community development services assist the banks ... Read More »

Connecticut Announces New Wave of Debt Relief Company Actions

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The State of Connecticut is very active when it comes to going after debt relief companies. I publish these actions as a warning to other debt relief companies so they can learn from the issues others have faced and avoid them. In particular it appears the State Department of Banking is taking action against attorneys who are not licensed in ... Read More »

Golden Financial Services and Paul Paquin Attack Get Out of Debt Guy Steve Rhode

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A reader brought to my attention a post by Golden Financial Services titled Steve Rhode – Scam, Complaint, Illegal, Fraud or Applause. – Source It did make me laugh since some in the debt relief industry criticize me for my post title asking consumers for feedback on companies yet Paul elected to use a similar format. Nice touch. The post ... Read More »

CFPB to Begin Accepting Debt Relief Complaints. Game Changer.

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A source from the CFPB has reveled that the CFPB will begin to accept complaints from consumers in 2014, and most likely by summer 2014. This means debt relief companies will most likely be in the same boat as other entities the CFPB supervises when it comes to identifying what specific company is generating complaints. Consumer complaints filed will most ... Read More »

2013 Holiday Spending Set to Change Debt Relief Industry

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In the debt relief industry the post-holiday period was always the busiest as those pesky holiday bills rolled in and people realized they overspent. The past recent years have been tough for debt relief companies since tough economic times had erased the big post-holiday debt relief peak we all used to know. New data is out that shows what we ... Read More »

The Beginning of the End for the Attorney Loophole?

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A sidebar in a recent article by Jenna Greene identified an important fact that should not be lost of attorneys who feel the “attorney loophole” for debt relief services is getting thinner and thinner. According to Greene, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been going after entities like banks and some debt relief companies. But take a guess what ... Read More »

Want to See Why Debt Relief is Dying Right Now?

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For years now I’ve been warning debt relief companies to expect less demand for services until consumers began to load up on credit again. The pipeline of unsecured debt being issued is really dry and the vast majority of consumers who needed help have already worked their way through the pipeline. But this information out today in Zero Hedge will ... Read More »

Disturbing Student Loan Client Services Mailer to Watch Out For

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A reader has just sent in a mailer they received from an entity called Student Loan Client Services. Talk about a generic name. The mailer, which appears to pretend to be an official government mailer, and was sent from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. The reader sent in the new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail ... Read More »

EFA Processing Signs Consent Order

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The State of Connecticut has just entered into a consent order with EFA Processing and Ken Talbert over debt relief help offered to State residents. According to , EFA Processing “voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the Consent and Agreement described below without admitting or denying any allegation or any claim contained in the Order and Notice and ... Read More »

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