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Is Camden Legal Group Legitimate?

Written by Steve Rhode

Question:

Dear Steve,

I was contacted by this law firm about getting my loan modified. They kept pushing me to pay them 4200 dollars and I informed them I was scammed by Real Estate Law Center in Los Angeles. I feel as if I am being preyed upon by the same people and it sounds similar to what Real Estate Law Center told me they could do for me. I was just scammed by them a year ago and don’t want to be scammed again by this Camden Legal Group. Are they legitimate? Please let me know – http://www.camdenlegalgroup.com

Vickie

Answer:

Dear Vickie,

I’ve never heard of Camden Legal Group so I went and visited the link you sent me. What follows is my opinions and observations. But I invite you to do your own research as well. You might want to 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

Camden Legal Group Research

The website camdenlegalgroup.com is registered to CreativeNote, Inc., 115 W. California Blvd, #275, Pasadena, CA 91105 and lists a contact email address at creativenote.com. The web address was registered on January 1, 2015.

There is a registered company in California under the name Camden Legal Group, P.C. that lists their address as 8383 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. That address is listed as a virtual Regus office space. – Source

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The Camden Legal Group website says, “We have represented buyers, sellers, lenders and developers nationwide since 1998” but the company name was only registered in 2014. – Source

CorporationWiki says a Jimmy Swinder is the President of Camden Legal Group, PC and he is also associated as President with Brighton Legal Group, PC. – Source

The California Bar Association says a Jimmy Swinder is a registered attorney with the firm of Skane Wilcox, LLP, 1055 W 7th St, Suite 1700, Los Angles, CA 90017.

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The Skane Wilcox website gives this information about a Jimmy Swinder.

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I’ve reached out to Skane Wilcox and Swinder to ask them if they are affiliated with Camden Legal Group and to see if they can clear up any confusion and comment below to assist you. Who knows, maybe this is all an utter coincidence.

I have no idea about the business model of Camden Legal Group but this page says “Can Camden Legal Group out of Beverly Hills really get me current on my mortgage and reduce my interest rate? I am being told they can do it, but they want me to pay a fee. What should I do here? I am despreate and really need the help. They are asking me to pay $3500 to resolve my situation.”

A Timothy McCormick responded by saying, “You have already received a correct answer to this question. If they were legitimate they would not be breaking the law by requiring an up front payment of any kind. It is a crime and grounds for disbarment. They are not legitimate if they are doing that. Find other help.” That’s a statement that should prompt you to do further research and make sure if that’s accurate. The State of California provides this advice when advance fees are asked for. That page says, “It is unlawful for anyone–including attorneys and real estate brokers–to charge an advance fee for modifying your loan.”

Here are a couple of things you might want to pursue in your investigation.

  1. Why doesn’t the Camden Legal Group website list the actual licensed attorney(s) who are offering legal services?
  2. Why is the alleged legal firm web domain owned by a web development company?
  3. If Swinder is an attorney with Skane Wilcox, and it is the same guy, then why is he the president of two other legal groups which are selling legal services?

And that’s what I found with a ten minute look. I hope that helps.

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Steve Rhode

Steve Rhode is the Get Out of Debt Guy and has been helping good people with bad debt problems since 1994. You can learn more about Steve, here.

1 Comment

  • I am personally familiar with this firm they scammed me out of $3600. I paid them $600. for 6 months to help me. I sent them all my information and they said they would do what’s necessary to save my home. They told me to send all correspondence from my bank to them. This went on for almost a year and a half, then I got the foreclosure letter and one attorney in their office said they’re not licensed to practice in NJ (that’s where I live). By that time it was to late to make up the payments. They’re crooks, run…away from them they are wolfs and will take your money and do nothing!!! I lost my home and had to move. Don’t trust them!!! Run the other way!!!

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