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Debt Settlement Mailer From Frisco, Texas Raises Alarms

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Well here is yet another version of a debt settlement mailer being sent out to consumers. This one comes from Wichita, KS postal permit 1148. The address of the sender is 2611 Internet Blvd, #021, Frisco, Texas 75034. According to the BBB that is the address for United Debt Services. They list David Melrose as the owner. Melrose is also ... Read More »

CFPB Anti-Scamming Regulation to Better Protect Consumers

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A fascinating new paper out by Jean Braucher talks about the historical context of scamming and what history has taught us about why consumers are so easily scammed. “Nineteenth century American literary masters Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain (with co-author Charles Dudley Warner) all examined scamming in their largely pre-regulatory time. These authors made two prescient observations ... Read More »

I Have Stage 4 Colon Cancer and Student Loans. – Maria

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“Dear Steve, 2001 got private student loan grandfather co signed. Grad 2007 after a divorce and a child born in 2008 I had finical hardship. Ive paid on time in 2012 . 2013 diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer im on full disability, my co borrower is now 87 and on ssa as well. Its 160 days past due. What ... Read More »

Can I Get a Mortgage After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? – Kellie

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“Dear Steve, I recently discharged my ch 13. I am interested in understanding how long I should wait to consider a new home purchase. My fiancĂ© has excellent credit but I contribute the bulk of the income. I am hoping that the 2 years you eluded to can be minimized with his credit history. Thoughts? Kellie” Don’t miss our free ... Read More »

Consumers Still Prime Targets for Debt Settlement Bogus Mailings

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I just received a submission from my I Buy Junk Mail program that serves as an example of the continued marketing that is going on to consumers with money troubles. In just a week or so, one consumer received the three irritatingly deceptive mailers you see below. I’ve reported before on mailers sent bearing the same postal permit numbers, (Santa ... Read More »

Lloyd Ward and His BFF Lloyd Regner Found Guilty

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The only part of this story which make it even more bizarre is the fact Lloyd Ward and Lloyd Regner, ex-business partners, are now involved in suing each other and allegedly trying to win back their mutual former clients from each other. Whatever was going on between them, can be read here. But in a press release issued a couple ... Read More »

Kicking Ass, Taking Names Trust Owners Arrested

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Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP); Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California; and Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General for the State of California, announced today that Tamara Teresa Tikal, 43, of Brentwood in Contra Costa County, Calif., and Ray Jan Kornfeld, 57, of Las Vegas, Nev., were arrested ... Read More »

Mortgage Rescue Scammers Get 17 Years in Slammer

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Mark S. Farhood, 49, formerly of San Diego, Calif., and Jason S. Sant, 38, of Lecanto, Fla., were sentenced today for their roles in operating a nationwide online foreclosure rescue scam that went by various names, including Home Advocate Trustees and Walk Away Today, and used various websites, including walkawaytoday.org and sellfastusa.com, to deceive hundreds of vulnerable, distressed homeowners into ... Read More »

Rachel Slapped Down Yet Again

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Deceptive Robocallers Permanently Shut Down In FTC Settlements The Federal Trade Commission has continued its crackdown on illegal robocallers, with two more companies agreeing to settle charges that they used prerecorded calls to trick consumers into deceptive credit card interest rate reduction scams. Under separate proposed settlements, the defendants behind Treasure Your Success and Ambrosia Web Design will be banned ... Read More »

How Can I Find My Individual Taxpayer Identification Number? – Miriam

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“Dear Jim, When I was younger my aunt got me an ITIN number from the IRS so that she could claim me as a dependent on her taxes. Now that I’m an adult is that ITIN number still valid? and if it is how do I find out what the number was? Thank you. Miriam” Don’t miss our free Get ... Read More »

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