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Watch Out for Utility Scam Warns FTC

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Imagine receiving a phone call from your utility company saying they’re about to cut off your electricity. The caller ID looks like it might be a legitimate phone number, but you know you’ve paid your bill. The caller says, “I can stop this, but only if you pay me.” It’s a scam, but there’s a new twist. Instead of asking ... Read More »

What the California Debt Collector Doesn’t Want You to Know

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When consumers are first approached by debt collectors, the consumers have limited options: avoid the letters and calls; try to negotiate a settlement or payment plan; or go on the offensive and attack the collections agencies. Each has its strengths and weaknesses depending on the type of debt, who the creditor is, who the collections agency is and the financial ... Read More »

FTC Halts Elusive Business Opportunity

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted an elusive business opportunity scheme that allegedly conned more than $6 million from American and Canadian consumers. The FTC has alleged that the defendants falsely promised consumers that they could make money by referring merchants in their area to the defendants’ non-existent money-lending service. The court froze the defendants’ ... Read More »

I’m an Optometrist Trying to Eliminate My Student Loans. – Jennifer

Debt Consolidation Loan Approved Stamp Shows Consolidated Loans Agreed

“Dear Steve, Optometrist graduated in 1996, consolidated student loan debt with Sallie Mae shortly there after, HEAL loan at 9% interest fixed, other loan 4% Stafford? Been paying over 17 years on debt and am current. Also have about $30,000 in credit card debt unable to bring down, husband has about $30,000 as well. What can I do to consolidate ... Read More »

California Attorney Sentenced to Prison in Financial Services Action

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- Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and André Birotte Jr., United States Attorney for the Central District of California, today announced that a Santa Monica, Calif., lawyer who was a partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm when he helped obstruct two separate investigations into an investment scheme that ultimately took $22 million ... Read More »

International Sweepstakes Scam Caught Consumers Unaware – Smacked

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At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted a massive sweepstakes scam that has taken more than $11 million from consumers throughout the United States and dozens of other countries throughout the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan. The FTC seeks to permanently end the allegedly illegal practices that have continued for ... Read More »

I Filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy are My Student Loans Discharged? – TMD

Student Loan Corkboard Concept

“Dear Steve, I filed ch 7 in 2011 & was succesful. My student loan was listed under my debts discharged but not in the student loan area. If my student loan debt was discharged as a listing of all of my debt but not under the student loan section of the paperwork should I still have to pay it or ... Read More »

Sallie Mae Won’t Counter My Settlement Offer. – Lauren

Student Loan Corkboard Concept

“Dear Steve, I have Sallie Mae private student loans ($25,000 or so original loan was $11,000 or so) taken out back in 2004 for Culinary School, Have used all deferment and forbearance and have had quite a bit of being unemployed since, but I have a more stable job now and was trying to work everything out — it has ... Read More »

My Recording Arts Degree is Keeping Me From Love. – Ryan

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“Dear Steve, I am a college graduate with $30,878 in Stafford Loans and $50,932 in private loans. Now I went to a for profit college and I also do admit that I didn’t take as much time as I should have in researching schools. I went to school for a degree in recording arts. Looking back I take full responsibility ... Read More »

Sallie Mae is Coming After My Son After His Co-Signer Passed Away. – Diane

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“Dear Steve, My father-in-law had co-signed sallie mae student loans for my son approximately seven to ten years ago My son has been paying interst only on these loans of 68,000 dollars. 40,000 dollars is the portion that was co-signed. In April of this year my father-in-law passed away and know sallie mae is telling us that this money is ... Read More »

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