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A+ Financial Center Scheme Settles With FTC

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The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme. They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardholder Services” and pitching credit card interest rate reduction services. In the five complaints announced in ... Read More »

Debt Consolidation USA Says Avoid Credit Counseling

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A nonsensical press release just out by Debt Consolidation USA warning consumers about credit counseling seems odd to say the least. Let’s go with the assumption the reason for this release was just to try and score some SEO points or something like that. The release refers to an article on their website titled “Reasons to Avoid Credit Counseling.” – ... Read More »

CrossCountry Mortgage Mailer Offering New Loan and Debt Refi – Review

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CrossCountry Mortgage is sending out offers for mortgage using the Making Home Affordable logo and offering quick closing loans. I certainly do have to give CrossCountry a hat tip on some items in the mailer. They did a much better job than you often see in the debt relief space. An amazing reader FitGal send in a recent mailer through ... Read More »

Freedom Debt Relief Out of Colorado

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A tipster (send in your tips here) alerted me to the fact the State of Colorado is now reporting that as of July 1, 2013 Freedom Debt Relief has had their license cancelled or revoked and reports a disciplinary action. Apparently, Freedom is no longer allowed to enroll new Colorado clients, or collect fees from new OR EXISTING Colorado clients. ... Read More »

Why People Have a Tough Time Shopping for Debt Help

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The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia published a paper by Stephanie Wilshusen which made some very enlightened observations about why consumers struggle with getting out of debt. In the paper, “Meeting the Demand for Debt Relief” it describes the options available to borrowers who seek assistance in managing their debts and discusses the information and incentive problems associated with these ... Read More »

Think You Might Owe the CFPB Money in Penalties? Read This.

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Tomorrow the CFPB will publish final rules regarding the collection of money owed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is very possible that fines levied against companies and individuals will fall under the rules. With tougher enforcements to come from the CFPB in the debt relief space, participants should be aware of the powers to collect the CFPB has ... Read More »

Consumer Credit Card Delinquencies Fall to Lowest Level Since 1990

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Consumer delinquencies declined significantly in this year’s first quarter, falling in 11 out of 13 loan categories as consumers more carefully manage their finances, according to results from the American Bankers Association’s Consumer Credit Delinquency Bulletin. The composite ratio, which tracks delinquencies in eight closed-end installment loan categories, fell 29 basis points to 1.70 percent of all accounts in the ... Read More »

Federal Reserve Data Out Yesterday Still Shows Student Loan Concerns

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Yesterday the Federal Reserve released the latest data on consumer borrowing. It’s been interesting watching all the media reports about what it means. Some say the big percentage rise in revolving debt is an indication about consumer confidence, and it might be. But it’s not unusual to see a summer spike in charging as vacations ensue. What is more concerning ... 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 »

Brite Solutions Financial Services Says What About the FTC?

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) in the debt relief industry forwarded me an email they recently received from Brite Solutions Financial Solutions that makes the dumbest claim, unless you want the FTC and CFPB breathing down your neck. The email to signup new Brite Solutions affiliates says: “Higher Commissions : FTC Compliant : Easy Sale Performance ... Read More »

Take Charge America Scores $300,000 Payday to Help Consumers

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PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Take Charge America, Inc., a non-profit credit counseling and housing counseling agency in Phoenix, was awarded $300,000 by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office over the next three years to provide free foreclosure intervention counseling to Arizona homeowners. “This award will enable us to assist even more residents in need, helping them navigate the complex mortgage loan industry and possibly ... Read More »

FTC Proposes New Rules to Protect Consumers From Being Scammed

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The Federal Trade Commission is proposing new rules to help protect consumers and is opening a public comment period in which anyone can offer feedback and the ability to comment on the proposed rules. The proposed changes in the Telemarketing Sales Rule, or TSR as many call it, is partially created because of some recent scams that have involved how ... Read More »

Debt Settlement Company Sends Mailer Warning Consumers of Scheme

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As if the 2013 version if the debt relief industry was not weird enough at times, this completely unexpected mailer was sent in and was allegedly sent by one debt settlement company who has appeared on the site to use this site as a weapon to prevent customers from leaving them and going elsewhere. I don’t want to name the ... Read More »

InCharge Getting Busy and Chasing Educators

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InCharge® Debt Solutions (“InCharge”), a nonprofit credit counseling agency, announced today that its Teach Money program reached the milestone of being completed by more than 1,000 future educators in Central Florida. The program is funded by Chase [Chasing, get it?] and is designed to address one of the fundamental steps outlined by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in its ... Read More »

US Debt Relief Center Mailer Seems Over the Line

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I thought the day of the fake looking official mailer from Washington, DC were over. I was wrong. An entity called US Debt Relief Center is sending out mailers offering debt settlement services. An amazing reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Front This mailer and several others I’ve posted recently are ... Read More »

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