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FTC Amends Telemarketing Rule to Ban Payment Methods Used by Scammers

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Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including a change that will help protect consumers from fraud by prohibiting four discrete types of payment methods favored by con artists and scammers. “Con artists like payments that are tough to trace and hard for people to reverse,” said Jessica ... Read More »

    The Morgan Drexen Legacy – More Pain for Lawyers and Consumers

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    Morgan Drexen was a nationwide debt settlement enterprise that sold consumers hope they could eliminate their debt by settling it. And while debt can certainly be settled by knowledgeable people, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) had significant concerns about the company and attorney network they created. The entire Morgan Drexen debacle is a story too long for this article. ... Read More »

      The Death of the Traditional Debt Relief Industry for Now

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      Recently a couple of statements from people I know inside the debt relief industry have struck me. It seems there is a general lack of understanding why it is getting harder to sell debt relief services. Some blame the Consumer Financial protection Bureau (CFPB) for cracking down and some blame me for writing about the industry and scaring potential customers ... Read More »

        Paul Paquin and Golden Financial Services Want to Make Love Yet They Make War

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        Yesterday a debt relief industry friend pointed out to me an attack post Paul Paquin, president of Golden Financial Services posted about me on Linkedin. – Source The post then linked to another much longer attack post he published on November 1, 2015 on the nomorecreditcards.com website. I’m at a loss what motivates these folks to embark with the refreshed ... Read More »

          My Navient Student Loans Are Out of Control

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          Question: Dear Steve, I currently owe Navient $163,000 on my Private Student Loans. After graduating in 2009 with few job prospects, I put these loans into forbearance for the first two years while I could. This raised my original debt total from $153,000 to the current figure of $163,000. I have paid interest only repayments for the past 4 years ... Read More »

            Suit Against Debt Management Group Proves My Point

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            Two things just happened. First, I posted this article about a debt relief mailer. Second, a lawsuit just crossed my desk against Debt Management Group, The Davis Law Group, Brian Davis, Moore Legal Center, and Thomas Moore. The irony is the suit happens to contain a mailer that looks nearly identical to the one in the article and it’s for ... Read More »

              Has the Consumer Protection Counsel Closed Up Shop?

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              A reader let me know they think the Florida based group, Consumer Protection Counsel (CPC), has closed up shop. CPC has been in the news here and it is uncertain if they are really closed since their website now looks like it mostly is not working. As it stands right now, there is no contact information available on their website. ... Read More »

                Has Howard Law Thrown in the Towel with Debt Settlement?

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                In an ongoing situation with the former debt settlement company, Morgan Drexen and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) it looks as if the effort by successor law firms to service the former Morgan Drexen clients is heading towards a resolution. Howard Law, P.C., Williamson & Howard, LLP and The Williamson Firm, LLC had made claims or assertions they could ... Read More »

                  Reader Says Debt Relief Company PCG Swore At Her

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                  Question: Dear Steve, I received a letter stating that “:Their records indicated that my total bank card balance renegotiation has not been verified. Our underwriting department has pre-qualified me for this re-negotiation due to these specific qualifications……. They state I owe $22,500.00. This is false. I don’t owe anyone that much money on any of my credit cards. I feel ... Read More »

                    New Website Focuses on Andris Pukke of Ameridebt Fame

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                    It seems some property owners of a development in Belize, named Sanctuary Belize, have taken concerns and matters into their own hands and launched a critical website for property owners there. The only reason those of us in the debt world should be interested is because whoever did the research and documentation of concerns, really focused on the history of ... Read More »

                      HLDS – High Level Debt Solutions Mailer – Review

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                      An amazing reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Here is a look at that mailer and my observations. The first thing that caught my eye is the mailer does not appear to identify the company as High Level Debt Solutions. But a search of the street address leads to a website ... Read More »

                        School Accreditation Group in Tussle With CFPB

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                        The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently escalated a quiet action wit the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). The issue raises some interesting questions about what role a school accreditation agency might play in the problem of easy access to student loan debt. Here is what public records say, “On August 25, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection ... Read More »

                          Nationwide Student Financial Aid Scam is Punched in Face

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                          Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is taking action to halt a nationwide student financial aid scam that allegedly ripped off tens of thousands of students and families across the country by illegally charging millions of dollars in fees for sham financial services. The Bureau filed a complaint in federal court against the company, which operates under ... Read More »

                            Is Camden Legal Group Legitimate?

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                            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 ... Read More »

                              Reader says “Huh” About My Enrollment Center

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                              A reader sent me an email and brought up a good question I don’t know the answer to. They wanted to know how a debt relief company called My Enrollment Center in Wyoming could say to people, “Professional debt consolidation companies like My Enrollment Center can really help you get your debt back under control,” and “At My Enrollment Center, ... Read More »

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