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Bogus Mailer Leads to The Consolidated Group and Law Firm

The other day I wrote about the mailer below. You can read my thought on that mailer, here. But thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) and awesome reader there is more to be uncovered from the mailer. Using the fax number in the mailer, 800-448-1840 the tipster (send in your tips here) pointed me to a Craigslist ... Read More »

So That’s How Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Finds Attorneys – Craigslist

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in this listing from Craigslist. Personally, wouldn’t you think that the best attorneys would be found by contacting them directly rather than through Craigslist? Here is the ad: “National consumer law firm seeks to affiliate with local attorney. (Helena) Date: 2010-10-13, 11:43AM MDT Reply to: [email protected] [Errors when replying to ads?] Prominent ... Read More »

Obama Administration’s Affordability and Stability Plan – Just BS Marketing for Rude Debt Settlement

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A mailer was recently forwarded to me from a tipster (send in your tips here). As you can see it clearly appears to look like a check and once you open it the layout pretends to be some sort of government program. I called the number given 800-880-9785 and spoke to a sales representative named Cesar Acosta who said this ... Read More »

Perfect Net Branch Claims TSR Exemption But I Don’t Get It?

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A fantastic tipster (send in your tips here) sent in the following email being sent out by Perfect Net Branch. The Future Of Debt Settlement is Here! Debt Settlement Programs: 1. ATTORNEY program: - Client receives a FACE TO FACE presentation (exempt from the TSR rules). Thousands of attorneys throughout 48 states and growing with a Dedicated Appointment Setting Department ... Read More »

National Debt Resolution Repeatedly Stands Behind 40% Settlement Rate Claim

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It is absolutely no secret that I secret shop in my research. I respond to a lot of online ads to see the type of material and claims they make. The reality is I just don’t have the time to write about every non-compliant claim I hear from sales reps but this one is a doozy and clearly not in ... Read More »

My Highlighted Copy of the FTC Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rules

Recently the FTC passed new rules to protect consumers from deceptive mortgage relief providers who claim that for compensation they can help save a home from foreclosure or modify a mortgage. Below you will find a link to the final rule issued by the FTC with my highlights of what I felt was most important in the rule. FEDERAL TRADE ... Read More »

Tipster Wonders, How Does Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Avoid Legal Fee Splitting?

Thanks to all the great readers, I get the most amazing tip emails and items. Today I received one from a reader who raised some interesting questions. The folks at Legal Helpers Debt Resolution seem to be a very smart group of people but the tipster (send in your tips here) and others have concerns about their model. The issue ... Read More »

Peachtree Settlement Funding – Debt Relief Television Commercial

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Commercial Name: Peachtree Settlement Funding Record Date: 11-15-2010 Network/Channel: Jerry Springer Description: Encourages people that need cash now to pay bills, save home or makes ends meet, to cash in their annuity or structured settlement. 800-706-4308 [quicktime]http://getoutofdebt.org/member/video/PeachtreeSettlementFunding-20101115.mov[/quicktime] The debt relief commercial above is presented only as an example and archive of debt relief marketing and NOT AS AN ENDORSEMENT by ... Read More »

CardWoo – Debt Relief Television Commercial

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Commercial Name: CardWoo Record Date: 11-22-2010 Network/Channel: Access Hollywood Description: CardWoo is a service that wants you to sell you unused gift card to them and offers unused gift cards for sale. 800-978-0709 [quicktime]http://getoutofdebt.org/member/video/CardWoo-20101122.mov[/quicktime] The debt relief commercial above is presented only as an example and archive of debt relief marketing and NOT AS AN ENDORSEMENT by this site. The ... Read More »

Wites & Kapetan Client Agreement for Debt Settlement Services

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me the following client agreement for Wites & Kapetan for debt relief services. See below. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook I can always use your help. If you have a tip or information you want to share, you can get it to me confidentially if you click here. ... Read More »

Rally in Raleigh 2010 – Video of Session on the Telemarketing Sales Rule With Allison Brown, FTC

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On November 13, 2010 we held the Rally in Raleigh, a meeting of debt relief professionals. At the meting we talked about a number of issues. Below you will find the video of the 3:00 p.m. session with Allison Brown from the Federal Trade Commission. The agenda: 10:00 – 10:30 Welcome and Who’s Here. 10:30 – Noon – Is There ... Read More »

FTC Announces New Advanced Fee Ban for Mortgage Assistance Relief Services

Homeowners will be protected by a new Federal Trade Commission rule that bans providers of mortgage foreclosure rescue and loan modification services from collecting fees until homeowners have a written offer from their lender or servicer that they decide is acceptable. “At a time when many Americans are struggling to pay their mortgages, peddlers of so-called mortgage relief services have ... Read More »

Legal Helpers Debt Resolution Mailer

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An awesome tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me a copy of the following letter received by a consumer that was being solicited for debt settlement services. What would be intriguing to find out is how they received the consumer name and mailing address. On this previous post a commenter said according to Florida Bar rules “Lawfirms and ... Read More »

Let’s Play Do They Comply – CreditCard-Debt.us.com

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A tipster (send in your tips here) brought the following site to my attention, CreditCard-Debt.us.com. The tipster (send in your tips here) said: Who is buying leads from this company? They are clearly lead gen based. They may be selling leads to companies that are not aware of what they are saying to a consumer to have them fill out ... Read More »

Attorney Model Debt Settlement Companies, Affiliates, and Marketers are Not Going to Like What’s Coming From the FTC

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This past weekend I held a meeting titled the “Rally in Raleigh” where a number of debt relief companies, and some guest regulators got together to talk openly and honestly about the current state of the debt relief industry. We wound up focusing more on debt settlement since it is a subset of the debt relief industry that is going ... Read More »

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