This website had a hand to play in helping law enforcement to take action or warn consumers early about the following debt relief scams.
For more information on the individual issues, click on the links below.
ABC Debt Relief
Extensive reporting about ABC Debt Relief reveled the underlying criminal past.
Timeline Debt Solutions
My early concern about Timeline Debt Solutions turned out to be warranted. Despite of their early grumblings that my initial review of them was wrong and they threatened to sue over it, they wound up going out of business and leaving their clients without services and without refunds. See more about Timeline Debt Solutions.
Lang Smith and his Credit Mastery package led to consumers not getting refunds.
Mass Joinder Marketing
This site worked closely with the California Bar in helping to identify law firms that were sending out deceptive mailers to lure consumers in to file suit against their lenders but pay large advanced fees that were split with non-attorneys.
United Financial Systems
The Florida based 501(c)3 nonprofit credit counseling group wound up taking consumer payments but not paying creditors. This site provide early warning of the problems and advice on how to get out before consumers were harmed.
Fake Process Servers
The site was featured in a newscast and one of the first, if not the first, to break the story about the network of fake process servers that are really debt collectors. You can read the original story here.
Fake Consumer Protection Agency
After writing about the fake consumer protection agency called “Department of Consumer Services Protection Commission” I brought the matter to the attention of the FTC. They later sued the company for their false and deceptive portrayal as a government consumer protection agency and reveled it to be part of a lead generation network to sell debt relief services. See World Law Debt and Others Sued by FTC for Misrepresentation.