I received a phone call from my elderly mother yesterday, informing me that she had been contacted by the Law Office of Cockburn & Associate LLP, Debt Settlement about helping her settle her debts. My mother had been pay Cockburn and Associate $300 per month since April 2012 until this month October 2012 for which they told her that they had contact all the creditor and had consolidated her debt into one and that the $300 per month was going toward the debt payment.
She continued to receive phone calls from the creditor which she reported to Cockburn and Associates only to be told that the call will soon stop. But, the call did not stop and she was told by the creditors that they had never spoke or been contacted by Cockburn and Associates about any debt settlement. My mother is now further in debt and has been scammed out of $2,100 by this firm. My mother is a pensioner with limited income and this $2,100 that she has paid Cockburn and Associates could have been used to help reduce her debt.
I am completely dismayed that such a company can operate such a business in Canada under the premise of a law firm. Fooling people into thinking that they can legitimately help them get out of debt. In this economic downfall, prying on the less fortunate which include elderlies and poor people. These people are genuinely seeking help to get out of debt. They are not trying to avoid paying their debt, but are seeking help in paying their debt and to think that a firm like Cockburn and Associate see this as an opportunity to take advantage and to scam these people is shame-full.
We contacted the bank and put a stop payment on the monthly withdrawals, the bank then informed us that the best thing to do is to close the account all together. Fortunately for my mother she did not sign a contract.
I am writing this to inform innocent people and hope no one else will fall prey to these people.
Consumer Action Taken:
My mother call and requested her money back. She was told to continue paying the money and they will continue to try and contact the creditors and work something out. I have tried calling and is unable to reach someone.
Date This Problem Happened: April 27, 2012
State You Live in: Ontario, Canada
Race/Ethnicity: Alaska Native
Age Range: 66+
Total Amount of Fee Paid: $2,100
Company Name: Law Office of Cockburn & Associate
7111 Syntex Drive
Mississauga, ON L5N8C3
Company Telephone Number: 866-551-8349
Website of Company: clegal.ca
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