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Canada Pushes Back on Debt Settlement With New Regulations

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In Ontario a bill passed recently which significantly impacts the delivery of debt settlement services there. First, I owe a big hat tip to a good friend up there in the great white north for alerting me to this. This new bill impacts both debt settlement companies and credit counselors. Bill 55, the Stronger Protection for Ontario Consumers Act 2013, ... Read More »

Canadians Targeted in Student Loan Assistance Scheme From U.S.

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The flurry of student loan assistance programs exploding is the latest debt relief pitch rolling out. I’ve covered these here, here, here, and here. An amazing reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The consumer lives in Canada but the mailer came from the same notorious postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. ... Read More »

Canada’s Largest Province Working to Ban Advance Fee Debt Settlement

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Hey Canada, better late than never, eh? Tracy MacCharles, the Minister of Consumer Services, stated today, “Ontario consumers need to have confidence that they’re getting what they pay for when purchasing debt settlement services. We’re going to introduce legislation that would protect some of our most vulnerable consumers from being taken advantage of, at a time when they need the ... Read More »

I Live in Canada But Back in Debt Again. Help! – Lisa

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“Dear Steve, Hi Steve, My bankruptcy drops off my credit report in June (my 7 years is up) but because of medical problems that my daughter and I have had in the last 3 years I have some bills in collections (none are credit cards) now and I am so afraid of this whole situation I can’t even tell you ... Read More »

I Moved to the UK From Canada But Left Debt Behind. – Anna

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“Dear Jon, I moved to the uk from Canada to work. lived there for nine years. year and half ago dad died suddenly and moved back to Canada to help support mom. I want to go back to the uk to just visit friends for two weeks. when I arrive is there any chance custome/immigration will stop me from entering ... Read More »

Ontario Canada to Implement Advance Fee Ban for Debt Settlement

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Ontario Canada has announced new pending regulations to catch up with other provinces to protect consumers from advance fee debt settlement companies. The Minister of Consumer Services, Margarett Best said, “There is evidence of harmful practices used by some debt settlement companies and that is why our government is taking steps to protect consumers. We want to put a stop ... Read More »

Nova Scotia, Canada Cracks Down on Debt Settlement Companies

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Nova Scotia, Canada has recently introduced new legislation to help protect consumers from debt relief companies and rogue debt collection companies. The Debt Collection and Management Reform (2012) Act will target debt relief companies that make disturbing marketing practices and unachieved promises. It will also target debt relief companies that charge advance fee or up-front fees for debt help. “The ... Read More »

Canadians In Trouble – “Half of Canadians are Living Paycheque to Paycheque”

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For those living in the United States, while we’d like to think at time the world should revolve around us and we should be the center of everything, when it comes to mastering consumer debt, that’s not true. Consumer debt problems exist in every single nook and cranny of the earth. The early warning signs are appearing in Canada. Even ... Read More »

Canada Concerned About Exploding Consumer Debt Becoming a Drag

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Consumer debt levels in Canada continue to grow, creating a concern for the Bank of Canada. It’s a tightrope to encourage Canadians to spend to stimulate the economy and help improve the general economy in Canada and act prudently in order not to run up household debt to problem levels. As Canadian households have engaged in a borrowing spree, Federal ... Read More »

I Left Debt in Dubai and Now in the Philippines but Headed for a Job in Canada

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“Dear Steve, I work in dubai for 3 years from 2004 to 2007, then left due to credit cards and personal loans I cannot pay due to high cost of living in dubai, I’m here in the philippines and applying for a job in canada which luckily got an offer and start to process my documents but last week a ... Read More »

I’m a Client of a Debt Settlement Company in Canada But Debt Collectors Are Still Calling Me. – John

“Dear Steve, Debt settlement company in Canada send a power of attorney via fax to a collection agency, and I am still receiving phone calls as they stated that the debt settlement company is not a lawyer If you hire a debt settlement company in Canada and they forward a power of attorney to the collection agency, does that agency ... Read More »

Go Ahead, Take a Guess Which Countries Have the Most Credit Card Fraud

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Now here is a study that will probably surprise some people. A recent survey by the Aite Group and ACI Worldwide of consumers who experience credit card fraud found some countries are much more at risk of consumers having their credit cards used fraudulently. As someone who has lived and travelled to many countries outside of the United States, a ... Read More »

Canadian Cambridge Life Solutions Draws More Unwanted Attention With Alleged Links to Past

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A reader sent in a tip about a recent article out in Canadian Business about the debt settlement efforts in Canada. Here are some excerpts: “The most visible of the new firms, Cambridge Life Solutions, launched a marketing campaign during the past year on radio, television and the Internet. It’s fronted by Ontario-born actor and pitchman Alan Thicke, star of ... Read More »

Canada BBB Debt Settlement Warning Both Helps and Hurts Consumers

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I’m at odds about some of these blanket warnings to consumers about debt settlement. This time it is from the BBB out of Canada. I completely understand that there have been and still are some debt settlement companies that take advantage of consumers with bad advice and front-loaded fees. Those warnings need to get out to consumers so they can ... Read More »

Canadians Turning Away From Debt. Debt Growth Down 30 Percent.

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It will be interesting to see what happens to the wave of U.S. debt settlement companies that ran north of the border in the last year or so trying to capture Canadians in advanced fee debt settlement programs. It seems Canadians are slowing demand for new credit, the Equifax Canada reports. The growth in Canadian non-mortgage debt in the 12 ... Read More »

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