I made some bad credit decisions back in 2008 or 2007. A company called The Financial Expert Group, Inc
26650 The Old Road, Suite 110,Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381 is telling me if I pay them $5400 they can make this debt go away for every.
Save your money.
If you think you can pay $5,400 a have bad debt magical disappear without any consequences, you would be mistaken.
I agree, inaccurate information can be removed from a credit report. That’s something you can do yourself for free. All you have to do is get a copy of your consolidated credit report and notify the credit bureaus of information that appears on each credit report that is not accurate.
I did visit the Financial Expert Group website and found what I consider to be some misleading statements. For example, “Our Credit Restoration service is the most popular. It permanently removes derogatory accounts from your personal credit reports such as (Late Payments, Charge-Offs, Collections, Judgments, Bankruptcies, Tax Liens, etc.).”
That gives people the impression that this company has some way to remove accurate but negative information from your credit report. If you actually did that and then went and applied for credit using a false credit report you are committing credit fraud.
Additionally, any company that charges you in advance for credit repair services is in violation of the Credit Repair Organizations Act. No advance fee may be charged. And from their website it looks like an advanced fee may be charged since they say, “Our clients pay on a per-item basis. In the case that we are unable to delete an item by the time your contract expires, you will receive a full-refund* for that item, should you choose for us to stop working on it.” – Source
The company website seems to indicate their approach is to reportedly dispute items in hopes they go away.
The problem with that approach is while the credit bureaus may miss a review date and remove an item, there is nothing to prevent it from being re-reported by the original creditor.
If you want to clean up your credit of inaccurate information and rebuild a better credit score you can do that almost for free just by following the advice below.
Who is The Financial Expert Group?
The website for the company (financialexpertgroup.com) says the company is:
The Financial Expert Group is a team of experienced credit experts, knowledgeable support staff and professional customer service representatives who’s only goal is to assist you in improving you credit. – Source
They also list their address as 26650 The Old Road, Suite 110, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381. An online search using this address identified multiple companies. I have no way to confirm independently that this is not a mail drop or shared address.
The company is a registered California corporation since 2002.
Interestingly the owner and administrative contact of the domain name is listed as:
Sunshine World Services
18501 Calle Vista Cir
Porter Ranch, California 91326
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