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Florida Credit Repair Firm, U.S. Credit Find, Reaches Settlement With Illinois Attorney General

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has shut down the alleged “phone cramming” operations of a Cape Coral, Fla., credit repair company that placed unauthorized charges on the phone bills of thousands of Illinois consumers, small businesses and local governments. Through a settlement agreement reached with the Attorney General, US Credit Find and its owner, Aaron Stanz, have agreed to cease participating in the alleged deceptive practice. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed by Attorney General Madigan against US Credit Find in February 2009.

As part of the settlement agreement, consumers who were victims of US Credit Find’s phone cramming scheme have until Aug. 20, 2009, to file complaints with the Attorney General’s Consumer Fraud Bureau to be considered for refunds from the company. US Credit Find also has agreed to cancel all current contracts with Illinois consumers and to cease the unauthorized billing of these customers immediately.

“Our investigation showed that the defendants made unauthorized charges on more than 9,000 Illinois consumers’ phone bills,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, because of scams like this, it is important that consumers review their phone bills carefully to make sure that no unauthorized charges appear.”

US Credit Find purports to offer an online tutorial that will help consumers fix their credit. Madigan’s office received complaints from consumers who began noticing monthly charges of $9.99 from the company on their phone bill even though they had never had any contact with the company, did not use the company’s product and never authorized any type of charge to their phone bill.

Madigan’s complaint alleged that in some instances when consumers disputed the charges, the defendants falsely claimed they had received approval from someone authorized to place charges on the phone bill. In some cases, the individual from whom the defendants claimed to have obtained approval was unknown to the consumer disputing the charges. In other instances, the defendants claimed to have signed consumers up for their services through the defendants’ Web site (www.uscreditfind.com), but a number of consumers denied having any contact with the defendants or their Web site.

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  • The Person who Owns u.s. credit find is a scam artist . His name is Aaron Stanz, he also goes by the name Angel . He was recently successfully sued by the Attorney General of Illinois. PLEASE – report him OVER and OVER to your AG until they do the same.
    His home address is in Florida. 5362 NW 55th terr coconut creek FL 33073.
    His cell phone number is 954-871-3805

    His home number is 310-597-4328

    personal email is [email protected]
    He has been scamming people for YEARS, and he will do it again until he is held accountable. File a class action suit – there are plenty of people who have been affected.

  • This guy should be in SO much more trouble than he is. He has spent years scamming people out of money, both people he knows and people he doesn’t. He has not filed/payed taxes in years, hires illegal overseas employees, and brought an immigrant into the country through a fraudulent marriage. The kicker? He started a “credit repair” company, but his credit is horrendous. I hope that someone catches on to him soon and makes sure he can’t keep doing this to people.

  • These criminal credit repair companies, at it again. You know, I think that there should be a law preventing ANY kind of charge to your phone bill that isn’t for using the phone. Phone sex companies, porn dialers, telemarketers, they all use this type of scam and people are getting the tail end of it. With the level of fraud in the world today, it just amazes me that someone can add charges to your phone bill that have nothing to do with your actual phone bill.

    They always find those loopholes, don’t they?
    .-= James Junior´s last blog ..The Average American’s Step-by-Step eGuide To Credit Repair – Step One =-.

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