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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 »

My Husband Had His Sallie Mae Student Loan Discharged in Bankruptcy. Can I? – Lindsey

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“Dear Steve, I declared bankruptcy almost 5 years ago and the attorney told me that it was impossible to discharge student loans. However Sallie Mae immediately discharged my husbands private student loan of $165K without a fight or even asking them to, but not mine for 23K. I was wondering if I could still add that to the BK since ... Read More »

What Do I Do When I Can’t Afford My University of Phoenix Loans? – Eloise

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“Dear Steve, I have private student loans with University of Phoenix. I was able to pay off one of the loans however due to my low income I have not been able to make any payments on the outstanding ones. I am several months behind and I do not see the situation getting any better. I talked to a lawyer ... Read More »

Serial Debt Relief Scammer Busted Once Again by FTC

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Under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in two Tampa, Florida-area operations that allegedly bilked consumers of millions of dollars are banned from providing various types of financial services used in their schemes. In the spring of 2012, at the request of the FTC, a court shut down the two operations. According to the FTC, the defendants used ... Read More »

Consumer Assistance Project Agreement for Student Loan Services – Review

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Yesterday I had a consumer complaint and a story about Consumer Assistance Project, a company claiming to offer student loan elimination services. After writing my story I received a copy of a consumer agreement that was sent to them by Consumer Assistance Project. What follows is a plain language review of what the agreement says. And this one is a ... Read More »

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