A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a question that made me want to investigate further. The reader said:
“I read your recent article on National Debt Relief (same ownership as Eagle One). They are notorious for allegedly setting up fake ratings sites to make consumers believe they are a top rated debt relief company.
This erodes consumer trust in the industry and should be discussed. Your site is an appropriate forum to discuss. For example, look at this site they created, which is always in the top PPC results when you search for debt relief companies: http://www.debtconsolidationusa.net/
It makes it look like they’re receiving unbiased ratings when, in fact, it is allegedly just a complete advertising website. Didn’t sellers of acai berries get in trouble for fake news sites? How long before the regulators actually get involved to shut down the fake ratings sites?
The icing on the cake is National Relief was just accredited by the BBB.”
So I took a look.
Well sure enough National Debt Relief is the top rated site.
The debtconsolidationusa.net site says:
Hello, my name is Al and I needed help managing my debt. With so many options available, and after a lot of research; I found several reputable, honest and successful debt settlement companies. I talked with the best of them and evaluated their credentials and track records. Then I chose one to help me through the process.
These are the “best of the best” Debt Settlement Companies from my own personal research. If you think you might need help with your credit card and unsecured debt problems. – Source
It certainly gives people the impression it is an independent review site
The number one site, National Debt Relief, even has a review written that makes it sound as if there was a lot of research into them for the review site. “National Debt Relief Known for its compassionate and knowledgeable staff, National Debt Relief ranks #1 in our picks.” – Source
The BBB reports Daniel Tilipman, Alex Kleyner, Tom Leydiker, and Kevin Rice are manager of this company. – Source
debtconsolidationusa.net is owned by:
Daniel Tilipman email@example.com
New York, NY 10004
And guess who also owns the Eagle One Debt Solutions domain:
Domain Name: EAGLE-DEBT.COM
Created on: 28-Sep-11
Expires on: 28-Sep-14
Last Updated on: 04-Dec-12
New York, New York 10003
Tilipman, Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org
New York, New York 10003
And fastdebtsettlements.com is on the same server with eagle-debt.com.
It sure looks like this is a less than independent review site.
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