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Who is SelectSLHelp.com Asks a Reader

I received an email asking me if I knew anything about a new website SelectSLHelp.com. I have to admit, I’m scratching my head about the website.

According to public domain records the domain name was created on July 1, 2015 but their testimonial page has testimonials that appear they have been around longer. One testimonial says, “SelectSLHelp.com was able to lower my payments from $345/month down to $35/month and I was out of default within 5 months!” How is that possible?

Another of the three testimonials says, “Their Teachers Loan Forgiveness program kept me from defaulting and eliminated my heavy debt load. Now I can afford to pay my bills and save money for my retirement.” Which I find incredible since the site was only registered three weeks ago.

The third testimonial says, “Select Student Loan saved my credit and saved me money each month on my expenses.” But since the site has been up less than a month, how is that possible?

The SelectSL.com site is silent about who they really are. There is no street address published or a real registered company name. A quick search of registered companies could not find a listing in California. Why California you might ask. Well the domain name is registered to:

John Bartel
8560 West Sunset Blvd 5th Floor
West Hollywood, California 90069
866-844-1101 (That number links to a BBB listing for a company with a consumer alert. Not sure if their is a relationship.)
info@goodebusiness.com

The SelectSLHelp.com website says their telephone number is 855-571-4161. That number is also the same number used by Select Doc Prep which is another student loan assistance website.

SelectDocPrep.com is registered to:

John Bartels
Select Doc Prep
5670 Wilshire Blvd #1800
Los Angeles, California 90036
310-402-2353
ericstudentloans@gmail.com

The telephone number for Select Doc Prep is linked to a help wanted advertisement looking for telemarketers.

WE ARE HIRING SALES EXECUTIVES WITH CLOSING ABILITIES TO SPEAK TO OUR EXCLUSIVE LEADS …………EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY…. .. UNLIMITED EARNING POTENTIAL WITH LOTS OF REAL TIME EXCLUSIVE HOT LEADS . MAKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER WEEK …EASY SELL =)… WE OFFER MULTIPLE SOLUTIONS TO CURRENT MORTGAGE PROBLEM LITIGATION OR MODIFICATION & CREDIT CARD DEBTS.

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
Proficiency in conventional and government EDUCATION loan guidelines
Focused, driven professionals and self starters.. – Source

So it appears they are a sales outfit.

I did reach out to AFSLR to see if there is any confirmation StudentSLHelp.com is a member. After all they are using the AFSLR logo as a consumer confidence booster.

The Association for Student Loan Relief said, “The website SelectSLHelp.com is using the AFSLR logo but we are not quite certain who the company is yet as that website was not registered by any of our current members. We’ve reached out to them to confirm they might be Select Student Loan who became a member with AFSLR last August. We have never had a complaint against this company. Select Student Loan registered their phone number as 866-848-4072 and their website as www.selectstudentloan.com.”

Now that might just help explain some things. Check out the commonality the three websites have.

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Care to guess who registered the domain name SelectStudentLoan.com?

John Bartel
8560 West Sunset Blvd 5th Floor
West Hollywood, California 90069
8668441101
info@goodebusiness.com

It appears the testimonials used on SelectSLHelp.com really came from the Select Student Loan Help website.

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The State of California does have a listing for a corporation, Select Student Loan, that registered on 12-24-2014 and says they are located at 4201 Wilshire Blvd, #623, Los Angles, CA.

The BBB gives this company an F rating.

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I suppose I’ll have to fall back on my typical generic advice for these sorts of situations.

I would recommend that anyone considering using such a company should read the following free guides.

  1. The Ultimate Consumer Guide to Checking Out a Debt Relief Company Before You Sign On the Line
  2. How to Check Out a Business or Company to Avoid Getting Scammed or Ripped Off

Just to save time in the future, here is a list of other domains reported to be registered to the same bloke.

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Registrant (Owner) Exactly Matching “JOHN BARTEL” – Current Only
Reverse Whois Report PreviewReport Compiled: 7/24/2015

firstalliancetax.us
johnbartel.us
johnbartelfinancial.com
kandecapital.com
kandecapital.info
kandecapital.net
kandecapital.org
leadvirtuoso.com
lifeandknowledge.com
selectcreditrepair.com
selectsl.help
selectslaid.us
selectslhelp.com
selectslhelp.net
selectslhelp.org
selectslhelp.us
selectslhelps.us
selectsslh.com
selectsslh.net
selectsslh.org
selectsslh.us
selectstudentloan.us
sldocprep.org
sslhelp.net
sslhelp.org
student-loan-helpers.com
student-loan-repair.com
student-loan-repairman.com
studentdocprep.net
studentdocprep.org
studentloanhd.com
studentloanhelpconnect.com
tackleboss.com
tobeywestbeverlyhills.com
tobeywestcag.com
tobeywestdfi.com
tobeywestmortgageloans.com
tobeyweststateofwashington.com
tobeywestwa.com
tobeywestwashington.com
usselectstudentloan.com
usselectstudentloan.org
usslh.com
usslh.net
usslh.org
usslh.us
usslhelp.org

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13 thoughts on “Who is SelectSLHelp.com Asks a Reader”

  1. If they have any good reviews, it’s probably just about the actual student loan repayment plans that the company got them on- which are free to apply for. “Select SL Help” (what a weak name) is just like all the other student loan scam companies that don’t tell people that they are helping them apply for free programs. “Incessant robocalling” is really not a good sign either that it’s a legit company.

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  2. Our goal and mission is to assist students/graduates who wouldn’t otherwise know where to turn to resolve their student loan debt. We do not wish to harm consumers, only to help them. If we called you, it was because you had requested information regarding your student loans at some point in time. We buy marketing from other companies, so we have limited control over the source of the calls. Although we will cease doing business with marketing companies if we find out they are in violation of any State or Federal Rules regarding Advertising/Marketing. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience we have cause and hope to resolve your grievances.

    We are a member and abide by the AFSLR code of ethics.

    The Association for Student Loan Relief (“AFSLR”) is the leading association of professionals associated with the sole purpose of assisting Americans burdened with student loan debt. We were formed as a resources for companies operating in this industry, as well as for individuals needing assistance and wanting to know they are dealing with a reputable company. Our founding principles are as follows:

    -To support individuals dealing with
    student loan debt;

    -To promote and enforce industry
    “best practices”;

    -To provide a forum for like-minded
    companies in the industry to exchange ideas and networking opportunities

    -To advocate for consumer-centric
    legislation at the state and federal level that protects consumers.

    AFSLR companies work on behalf of
    consumers by assisting them with a wide variety of programs, many of which are
    government based programs that are available to the consumer free of charge.
    There are a number of different programs and services that our members may
    offer, however we encourage all consumers to take advantage of the advice and
    knowledge base offered by the government and to understand their options before enrolling with any company. All AFSLR members agreed to abide by our Code of Ethics.

    What can we do to resolve your
    grievance?

    Thanks,

    Eric Decker – General Manger

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    • Maybe you shouldn’t buy leads from companies that are using deceptive marketing – just an idea. You could also do quite a bit more to provide full disclosure on your website (that you are helping people apply for free programs)

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    • Eric Decker, we know your real name is Tobias West. The FTC is suing you in federal court, but predators like you really belong in prison where you can’t continue to harm people.

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  3. A happy customer tells a friend; an unhappy customer tells the world. However, NONE of the posts and reviews are made by unhappy customers. All of the negative reviews are either former employees who didn’t even last 2 days due to our strict customer-centric rules, or random review websites like GetOutaDebtGuy making assumptions based on information pasted together from the web. Most of our business is done over the phone and most of our clients don’t have time to surf the web because they are in hardship. Our Testimonials get posted through a 3rd party verification company called Verified Credible. They are posted here: http://selectslhelp.com/client-reviews/

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    • Since most of your business is done over the phone, that would subject you to the TSR Amendments “no upfront fee” rule. Do you hit people’s credit cards before helping them apply for consolidation or income based payment plans?

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    • Oh, now that you’ve been caught copying testimonials you signed up with sham verification company called “Verified Credible” to give the illusion of credibility. The only problem is that reviews aren’t credible simply because you say they are.

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  4. Why do our comments get denied? We think it’s unfair that our side of the story isn’t posted. We have tried to contact you to speak with you and we get ignored. Is there a phone number we can call to speak with you directly? Thank you very much.

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  5. SelectSLHelp understands thatyou can’t satisfy 100% of the people, 100% of the time. No one likes to findnegative reviews of their company or business on customer review sites orsocial media, but unless you are perfect, it will happen to you too. We live ina world where everybody has the power to make their voice be heard. Customerscan interact with each other, take pictures, and create negative or positivepress about their experience with your business. The worst part of it all isthat what they say isn’t necessarily true.

    You can go on OpenTable, Yelp, Verified Credible, or any social media sites and
    within seconds you can read a bunch of different opinions of your business. While the majority of opinions may be positive, you are bound to get a few negative ones. We want you to know that we pride ourselves on customer service and making sure our clients are treated with respect and dignity.

    So while you may not be able to satisfy 100% of the people, 100% of the time, we try! SelectSLHelp is here to support students and graduates all over the country take care of their debt problem.

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  6. SelectSLHelp understands that you can’t satisfy 100% of the people, 100% of the time. No one likes to find negative reviews of their company or business on customer review sites or social media, but unless you are perfect, it will happen to you too. We live in a world where everybody has the power to make their voice be heard. Customers can interact with each other, take pictures, and create negative or positive press about their experience with your business. The worst part of it all is that what they say isn’t necessarily true.

    You can go on OpenTable, Yelp, Verified Credible, or any social media sites and
    within seconds you can read a bunch of different opinions of your business. While the majority of opinions may be positive, you are bound to get a few negative ones. We want you to know that we pride ourselves on customer service and making sure our clients are treated with respect and dignity.

    So while you may not be able to satisfy 100% of the people, 100% of the time, we try! SelectSLHelp is here to support students and graduates all over the country take care of their debt problem.

    Reply

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