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FTC Goes After More in Alleged Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission continued its crackdown on credit card rate reduction scams by adding eight new defendants to a case the agency brought last year, including a payment processor it alleges assisted in the fraud. The FTC filed an amended complaint against the defendants behind the firm Treasure Your Success (TYS), which allegedly made deceptive “cardholder services” robocalls, promising ... Read More »

Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Who Are They? And Then It Gets Weird.

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An interaction yesterday with a Kevin Jackson from Thomassen Law Group (if that is even a real entity) sparked my interest in Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Kevin referred to the party identified on the post card sent to consumers as “Fresh Start” and appears to indicate they are an affiliate or lead generator for Thomassen Law Group (I’m still unable ... Read More »

Debt Reduction Department Mailer Promises Underwriting and Approval

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I have a mailer in from of me that was sent from an entity who describes themselves with an extremely generic name, Debt Reduction Department. An amazing reader Kiwi101 send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer says the company is located at: Debt Reduction Department PO Box 4668 #66587 New York, ... Read More »

American Debt Mediators Debt Relief Offer, Reviewed

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A reader sent in a copy of a mailer they got from American Debt Mediators. They said ADM is allegedly charging the first three months in fees. If true it looks like American Debt Mediators is using an attempted catalog by mail loophole to avoid the Telemarketing Sales Rules. The letter appears to be an offer for debt settlement services ... Read More »

Foreclosure Advisers – Let’s Play Do They Comply

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A reader sent in a screen shot of a webpage that uses the American flag and the picture of President Obama to essentially sell foreclosure assistance services. It’s been a while since we played “Do They Comply” where readers leave comments if they think the advertisement does or does not comply with regulations. This page is for Foreclosure Advisers, foreclosureadvisers.com, ... Read More »

Thomassen Law Group Generic Debt Relief Postcard Sent in For Review

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An amazing reader Tissa send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer from “Fresh Start Legal Advocates” was sent from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. The same as another mailer I just covered, here. But I’m not sure if Thomassen Law Group is embarrassed to use their name on the postcard ... Read More »

Disturbing Wise Debt Relief Mailer Signed by David Hall / Indemnification & Disbursement Division

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An amazing reader Kiwi101 send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This one is VERY Interesting because is uses the logos of American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa to sell what appears to be a debt settlement program. The mailer does not easily identify who the company is behind the mailer. While the ... Read More »

Student Loan Assistance Report Out. Shows Danger of Such Programs.

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The National Consumer Law Center has just released their latest report. This one is all about student loan assistance programs. While I have been reporting about this new debt relief solution, the NCLC report goes into more detail. I was happy to see they referenced a number of the articles I’ve written in the footnotes. The report is titled “SEARCHING ... Read More »

Sanctuary Belize, Andris Pukke, Todd Cook, Peter Baker & Ameridebt

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Please see updates on July 15, 2013 and July 23, 2013 to this article at bottom. Recently tips and information has been trickling in regarding an old debt relief industry name I had not heard for awhile, Andris Pukke. Pukke was nailed by the FTC for his operation of Ameridebt and even did some jail time for it. You can ... Read More »

FTC-CFPB Debt Collection Roundtable Suggestions Could Kick Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement in the Nuts

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This past week the FTC and CFPB held a joint roundtable meeting where they brought together debt collection industry participants to talk about reforms in the debt collection space. A most interesting fact came out of the meeting, that the non-appearence rate among consumers being sued for debt is about 90%. That doesn’t surprise me. What does surprise me is ... Read More »

New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions Gets a CT Time Out

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The Connecticut Department of Banking has issued a cease and desist and civil penalty against New Life Consultants / New Life Financial Solutions for running afoul of the Debt Adjusters and Debt Negotiation statutes. After giving the New Life folks a chance to respond, the State gave up and has now issued a $100,000 fine against the troubled company. – ... Read More »

June, 2013 G19 Release Shows Little Movement for Debt Relief Industry

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The latest G19 report is out from the Federal Reserve. Typically the debt relief industry is most interested or able to deal with revolving debt such as credit cards. The April, 2013 data just released shows revolving consumer debt rose at an annual rate of 1 percent while nonrevolving consumer debt rose at 6.4 percent. Nonrevolving debt includes automobile loans ... Read More »

Innovative Wealth Builders in FTC News Again With Independent Resources Network

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It seems like forever Ive been writing about Innovative Wealth Builders and all the unhappy consumers that feel for their debt relief pitch. But it looks like the FTC has taken a step against their payment processor that could have ramifications in other parts of the debt world with payment processors and escrow companies. According to the Federal Trade Commission ... Read More »

CFPB Suit Against Debt Relief Company Should Make Industry Very Afraid

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Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against American Debt Settlement Solutions, Inc. and Michael DiPanni. If you are in the debt relief industry you need to become painfully familiar with this suit because it will make you soil your pants. For the first time the CFPB has laid out its hand on what they feel is an abusive ... Read More »

Universal Debt Services Gets Order to Make Restitution

The folks over at the Connecticut Department of Banking, otherwise known as the people you don’t want to F with, have reached out and touched Universal Debt Services, Inc. in New York. The State assets the following: 1. Respondent is a New York corporation with offices at 100 Veterans Boulevard, Massapequa, New York, and One Cross Island Plaza, Suite 100, ... Read More »

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