Remember those days in the good old USA when we had all those ads promoting debt reduction services using President Obama’s picture? Now that the advanced fee services have been exported across the border to Canada it looks like the marketing ploy to use leaders and bogus messages went with it. See the ad below.
One Canadian reader reported seeing the advertisement above online and sent in a tip that the picture is that of Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia. And of course, there is no program to force banks to accept less, unless we are talking about bankruptcy.
The tipster (send in your tips here) also reported the ad links to a company debt180.ca at 888-293-5102. You will notice this Canadian oriented website contains messages that used to be rampant in the U.S.
The website had a number of disturbing red flags for me.
Debt180.ca, 0910385 B.C. LTD
7304 196 A St
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That address is apparently for this house and not the location of a thriving debt settlement company with throngs of busy workers. So it leaves me wondering, how are the listed testimonials true?
Apparently the debt180.ca website is a lead generation site that collects the information of unsuspecting consumers that believe they may be applying for debt relief help directly with the website and then have their information sold on.
As one page on their website says:
Debt180.ca collects personal information, referred to as Leads, and sells that information to companies that offer debt solution opportunities to individuals.
The site sells the leads for $75 CAD plus taxes. – Source
The site was first registered on January 16, 2012 and is apparently being served up from a U.S. based web server with Godaddy in Arizona.
So as far as I’m concerned, consumers should stay away from Debt180.ca.