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Sham Law Firm Employee Headed to Jail for Credit Repair

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Eric Phillips of California is going to have 33 months in federal prison to think back about his glory days of allegedly helping to create Georggin Law, pay the attorney who risked his license some compensation, and fleece consumers for credit repair services. As complaints about the debt relief services began to pile up with the FBI, an investigation began ... Read More »

Why Paying for Credit Repair is Stupid

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Paula Langguth Ryan, Mediator, Consumer Advocate and Communications Consultant. Every week, people contact me wanting advice on how to get their FICO or credit score up over the 700 mark. Here’s the first question I ask them: Which would you rather increase by 38% in six months– your FICO score or your net worth? The problem is, raising your ... Read More »

My Credit Score is Stagnant After My Bankruptcy. – Lynn

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“Dear Steve, I discharged my debt in 2010, opened a few charge cards to build my credit. Have been doing all the right things. On time payments, debt on cards never over 30%, paid my car off and my Fico score stays the same. 686 for a year now. Before bankruptcy my score was 750-790. What is going on? I ... Read More »

I Have an Old Credit Card on My Credit Report. Will It Go Away? – Julie

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“Dear Steve, There is a credit card debt on my credit report that is more than 10 years old. I can’t get any questions answered or removed from my credit report. I’m in California. How long is the debt collectable? What is the statute of limitation on collecting the debt? What can I do to get it removed? Julie” Don’t ... Read More »

Consumers in Life and Money Trouble More Likely to be Scammed

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Consumers who were more willing to take risks and those who had recently experienced a negative life event (such as a divorce, death of a family member or close friend, serious injury or illness in their family, or the loss of a job) were much more likely to have been victims of fraud and scams. Consumers who indicated they had ... Read More »

Should I Ignore My Old Debt and Let it Fall Off My Credit Report? – Adriana

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“Dear Steve, I have three old collections…1st one is 3yrs old, 2nd is 4yrs old and 3rd is 5yrs old…Should I try and pay them off??? I am trying to clean my credit but not sure if to the them if they are under 3yrs or 4yrs and the older ones wait to fall off? Which old collections should I ... Read More »

The Get Out of Debt Guy Free and Easy Credit Repair Guide

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I get so tired of ads proclaiming there is some magic to credit repair and they charge an arm and a leg. Or how about the ads that claim they can get you a new alternative number to use in place of your social security number. That’s just illegal to use to apply for credit. Repair your credit with this ... Read More »

How Do You Explain What Premier National Credit Repair Did to My Credit? – Debra

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“Dear Steve, I used premier national credit repair and this company did exactly what they promised. My credit score was raised by 124 points and they did get off many negative reports from my credit score. I read through your entire article and you talk about ‘it only takes time’. the company premier national credit repair was able to get ... Read More »

A Credit Repair Company Said If We Settle Our Own Debt it Will be Taken Off Our Credit Report. – Anne

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“Dear Steve, My husband and I had a financial meltdown 3 years ago. had to short sale our house, I wasnt able to work for medical and child reasons. Had got in over our heads with a large mortgage then ended up with large credit card debt trying to save our home.had approx $80000 in credit card debt. We were ... Read More »

Credit Repair Operator Gets 63 Months in Federal Prison

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Edwin Jacquet was sentenced yesterday in Manhattan federal court to 63 months in prison for his leadership role in what is believed to be the largest known credit repair fraud scheme ever charged. He was also ordered to pay more than $9.3 million in restitution for the losses caused by the scheme. Jacquet pled guilty in March 2012 to one ... Read More »

I Want to Start a Credit Repair Company in Texas to Help Members of My Church. – Karon

“Dear Steve, I’m a CPA and have retired from the federal government with over 38 years in Finance. I am interested is starting up a credit clean-up / repair business to help people in my community and church. I have also been a mortgae loan officer since 2001 and have some experience in reviewing credit reports. Since I don’t have ... Read More »

I’d Like to Open a Credit Repair Business in California. What Should I Do? – Edward

Dear Steve, I like to open my credit repair company in California and I can afford the down payment for the bound it is going to be $10,000 to $20,000 m I like to do this business because I know I can help a lot of people that need an honest solution to their problem, and not make them pay ... Read More »

SCN, CPN, File Segregation and Other Tricks to Hide Bad Credit Are Illegal

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‘File Segregation’: New ID Is a Bad IDea If you have filed for bankruptcy, you may be the target of a credit repair scheme called file segregation, SCN or Secondary Credit Number, or CPN or Credit Profile Number. In this scheme, you are promised a chance to hide unfavorable credit information by establishing a new credit identity. That may sound ... Read More »

Prime Credit Experts Makes Claims That Seem Deceptive for Consumers

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I saw an online ad for a company called Prime Credit Experts that said “Permanently Remove Charge Offs – Immediately Improve Your Credit Score.” – Source. So of course I had to go take a look at their site. When credit repair companies make claims about their services and being able to delete inaccurate information from a credit report, that’s ... Read More »

FTC Halts Advanced Fee Credit Repair Scam Hargrave & Associates Financial Solutions

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A U.S. district court granted a Federal Trade Commission request and has temporarily shut down a Florida-based operation that allegedly continued to pitch bogus credit-repair services nationwide, despite a 2010 court order requiring it to stop. The new court order, which will remain in place while the FTC seeks a contempt ruling against the defendants for violating the original order, ... Read More »

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