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Student Loans Getting Shuffled All Over. Leaves Many Confused.

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by Marian Wang ProPublica The Department of Education has been transferring large batches of federal student loans to new loan-servicing companies — leaving in the lurch some borrowers who are suddenly encountering problems with their loans, such as payments that are mysteriously adjusted up or down. The switch, which has been going on for months and will ultimately include millions ... Read More »

Consumer Groups Call on CFPB to Provide Easy Access to Complaints Filed Against Companies

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Consumers Union and a bunch of other groups have submitted a letter to the CFPB to ask that consumers have easy access to complaints filed against companies. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Washington D.C.- A coalition of consumer, civil rights, good government, and community groups have called on the new federal financial watchdog, the Consumer Financial ... Read More »

Banks Ask Homeowners Facing Foreclosure to Waive Rights

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ProPublica This story was co-published with Slate. A few months ago, Bank of America offered Sergio Cortez of Staten Island, N.Y., the help he desperately needed to stay in his home: a break on his mortgage. Like millions of others, he was facing foreclosure. But there was a catch buried in the fine print. Cortez had to waive any possibility ... Read More »

The Importance of Data Transparency When Working With Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Regulators and Lawmakers

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Recently Christoper Viale, the president and CEO of Cambridge Credit Counseling, and I had a chance to talk about a number of issues that are important in the debt relief world today. You can read the full transcript of our conversation below. Some of the highlights are: Coming forward with actual credit counseling performance data was not embraced with open ... Read More »

Putting the Foreclosure Paperwork Scandal in Perspective

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by Marian Wang,ProPublica The scandal over flawed paperwork and sloppy practices by mortgage servicers continues to broaden. The issue is complicated, and “robo-signers” — individuals working for servicers and signing off on thousands of foreclosure documents without much verification — are only part of the picture. So we brought some of our questions about the broader foreclosure process to Geoff ... Read More »

Consumer Groups Make the Case to Not Exempt Debt Settlement Attorney Model From Regulation

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This letter was sent in by a loyal tipster (send in your tips here), thank you. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Oppose the House Offer on H.R. 4173 to Exempt Attorneys Engaged in Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Consumer Financial Practices June 22, 2010 House-Senate Conferees, H.R. 4173 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator or Representative: Americans for ... Read More »

The Latest Delivery of TASC and USOBA Debt Settlement Horseshit to the FTC.

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There were some recent interesting meetings over at the Federal Trade Commission. These involved the proposed telemarketing sales rules the Federal Trade Commission is going to put forward. The first meeting was with representatives of The Association of Settlement Companies (TASC) and the United States Bankruptcy Alternatives (USOBA) in attendance. At the June 3, 2010 meetings from TASC were: Andrew ... Read More »

There’s Big Bucks in Bad Debts

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For decades, credit-card companies and other firms would eventually give up after attempting to collect from deadbeat customers. Now, companies are packaging and selling many of those overdue accounts for pennies on the dollar to debt collectors. The collectors then aggressively pursue the debtors to repay, or they turn around and resell those same debts to other collection firms. This ... Read More »

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