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Why is My Son’s WyoTech Navient Student Loan Being Reported as a Federal Loan? – Ava

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Question: Dear Steve, My son had a Sallie Mae student loan…it was sold to Navient which turned it into a private loan or so they tell me. We have tried the loan forgiveness or reduction twice with no results because it’s a private loan. The lender as so stated on his account site says “Navient Federal Loan Trust” How can ... Read More »

    My Bank Won’t Work With Me So I Can Pay My Debt

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    Question: Dear Steve, The bank called me and told me that I must pay 12600 first before I can apply for account restructuring with an interest rate of 1%. I was not able to pay it as of now because I am jobless. What should I do or how should I respond to the threats of a law firm that ... Read More »

      What Can I Do About a Private Student Loan Wage Garnish?

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      Question: Dear Steve, Took out a private student loan for instrumentation school did not graduate ran out of money tried working an going to school got 3 to 4 hours sleep a night had to drop out. Got a garnishment of 25% of my wages by lender Borrowed 30,000 garnishment is for 52,000 plus 7.5% interest on the $52,000 till ... Read More »

        Returning To The UK With Debts Outside the UK

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        As the world becomes a smaller place and we move around more, we may find ourselves living and working in other countries, and also living by that countries rules and laws. I know myself as I lived in America, and now I live here in the UK, and getting and staying in another country can be a bit of work ... Read More »

          Four dishonest debt collectors down…

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          Even though it’s a new year, some things remain the same. Illegal debt collection is still a big problem – which means it’s a big deal here at the FTC. We’ve made some progress: you might remember the 115 cases we announced in November, working with more than 70 law enforcement partners. That was big, but we’re not done yet. ... Read More »

            Fraud affects every community: debt collection

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            There’s not much doubt that fraud can happen anywhere. To anyone. That’s the whole idea behind the FTC’s Every Community Initiative: fraud affects every community, and the FTC works to stop fraud wherever it happens. When we look at all the reports we get from consumers in communities across the country, these scams start to feel like something we face ... Read More »

              10 Reasons to Repair Your Credit This Tax Season

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              1. There is no better time than NOW Why wait a day longer to start repairing your credit, the sooner you begin the sooner you will feel the benefits. Not only will your FICO score rise when you begin to repair your credit, but by paying off debts or getting current on outstanding bills, you will be saving yourself interest ... Read More »

                LifeLock agrees to pay $100 million for allegedly violating FTC order

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                Have you ever wondered what happens when a company is charged with violating a settlement order with the FTC? Well, ya got trouble. I mean trouble with a capital “T”. And for LifeLock, that trouble comes partly in the form of full refunds of up to $100 million for consumers affected by its alleged order violations. Let me set the ... Read More »

                  Accountant for Michael ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino Admits Tax Fraud Conspiracy

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                  The former tax preparer for television personality Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, today admitted filing fraudulent tax returns on their behalf, Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey announced. Gregg Mark, 51, of Spotswood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty ... Read More »

                    I Thought My Art Institute Student Loans Were Eliminated in My Bankruptcy? – Stephanie

                    Question: Dear Steve, I went to the Art Institute of California for video production. I graduated in December of 2009. Due to life I had not been able to pay my loans. The went from being 54,000 when I graduated to over a 120,000 last year. Most of the loans were private and I got them discharged in bankruptcy at ... Read More »

                      FTC Approves Final Order In Craig Brittain ‘Revenge Porn’ Case

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                      After a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved a final order resolving the Commission’s complaint against Craig Brittain, alleging he used deception to acquire and post intimate images of women, then referred them to another website he controlled, where they were told they could have the pictures removed if they paid hundreds of dollars. The settlement was ... Read More »

                        Agencies Submit Joint Statement Regarding South Carolina Certificate-of-Need Laws for Health Care Facilities

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                        In response to a request by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division (the agencies) have submitted a statement regarding the competitive implications of certificate-of-need (CON) laws and South Carolina House Bill 3250 – a legislative proposal that ultimately would repeal South Carolina’s CON laws. Although they vary considerably by state, ... Read More »

                          Your Chances of Winning The Lottery

                          “You have to be in it, to win it.”  Let’s all stop what we are doing, me writing this blog, and you reading this blog, and just think what we would do if we won the lottery….I mean won big….millions ££££. What did you dream of? * A new house * A new car * Travelling around the world * ... Read More »

                            I Have A Dream

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                            Recently during a conversation with a newly acquired friend – who has been a great encouragement to me in my Undue Hardship battle – my friend mentioned that he felt I was part of something big. He went on to say that the significance of what is happening in the student loan crisis is attune to the struggle in the ... Read More »

                              Is that online review true? Watch this video.

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                              If you’re like me, you probably look up online reviews before you go holiday shopping, make vacation plans, or even hire a plumber. Seeing what other people think can be super helpful in weighing decisions — especially before you fork over your hard-earned money. But did you know that some people are paid to say good things about a company, ... Read More »

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