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I Got Married and My Husband Got Laid Off

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“Dear Steve, I’m working full time and earning 46k annually. I got married this past spring and then my husband was laid off in June. His unemployment benefits are lower than his previous income and he is missing due dates every other month. We have barely been married long enough to merge bills but I’m scared because he already has ... Read More »

    I Don’t Want My Student Loans to Hurt My Credit Report

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    “Dear Steve, I owe $17,000 on my student loans. I have been able to make the payments each month, but I just learned that I will be soon losing my job. I don’t have an emergency fund and I will not collect enough on unemployment to make the payments with my other expenses. What is the best course of action ... Read More »

      Student Loan Service Managers Consumer Agreement Review

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      “Dear Steve, Can you look over this agreement Student Loan Service Managers Sent Me? Anonymous” The Answer Dear Anonymous, I’m happy to look over the agreement for you and give you some feedback. Keep in mind I am not a lawyer and can’t provide you with any legal feedback. All I can do is read it like a friend and ... Read More »

        I’m Willing to Go Back to Dubai to be Arrested Over My Debt

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        “Dear Steve, I had been living in Dubai for nearly 8 years and maintained a great job and income. Whilst there, my ex wife and I also brought a property and eventually sold the property after the recession hit. All in all, had never been in any trouble or debt. I then took out a C.Card with FGB and after ... Read More »

          My Federal Student Loan Payments are Getting Tougher to Make

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          “Dear Steve, I have 11 federal student loans totaling just over $55k. (DI Special subcns, DI Special UnSubcns, Stafford subcns, and Stafford unsubcns loans) see attachment These are loans for my undergraduate & graduate degree. To date, I have not been delinquent in any fashion. Also, I have a good credit score rating, over 730. I have found it more ... Read More »

            FTC Catches Debt Brokers Exposing Themselves

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            At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered two debt sellers that posted the sensitive personal information of more than 70,000 consumers online to notify the consumers and explain how they can protect themselves against identity theft and other fraud in light of the disclosures. In two separate cases, the FTC alleges the debt sellers ... Read More »

              Do American Premier Servicing Clients Have Something to Worry About?

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              A few days ago I received an email from a tipster (send in your tips here). The email is alleged to be a copy of communications between Global Client Solutions and some debt relief servicing group called American Premier Servicing. The website for American Premier Servicing says “American Premier Servicing / Everest Debt Solutions / FDN Solutions” There isn’t much ... Read More »

                BeginToSave Sends Out Advanced Fee Debt Relief Mailer

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                An amazing reader, Rhodesey, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. It certainly looks like this a rehash of the old debt settlement mailers we used to see. The fine print at the bottom says “Begintosave is a national advertising center contracted by both local law firms and non-profit debt resolution companies.” Outside ... Read More »

                  Should We File Bankruptcy on Our Student Loan Judgment?

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                  “Dear Steve, We have three student loans right now worth a significant amount of money. One of those creditors took legal action against us last year and won their judgement against us. We are waiting for wage garnishment against us to appeal that as we aren’t even in the state where the court awarded the judgement any longer. How long ... Read More »

                    I Have a Consolidated Parent PLUS Loan I Need to Find Relief For

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                    “Dear Steve, I have a consolidated federal parent plus loan for my daughter in the amount of 29k. I have been paying for 7 years is there any relief for me anywhere? I am 61 years of age. Elaine” The Answer Dear Elaine, There is so much unknown from your question. Please feel free to post updates in the comments ... Read More »

                      Mortgage Scams Take Minutes to Nab Consumer But Years to Unwind

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                      I received an update on a case where a receiver had been appointed to liquidate a scam mortgage relief group and provide restitution to consumers. This goes all the way back to a 2011 action by the California Attorney General against companies selling “Mass Joinder” mortgage elimination. The pitch seemed like an instantly addictive drug to suffering consumers. They were ... Read More »

                        If You Used Your Private Student Loans for Stuff Other Than Tuition, Read This

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                        “Dear Steve, I have both private and federal student loans. My private loans make up about 3/4 of my student loan debt which is around $36k. I fell for the whole, “wait until you graduate to deal with your loans” advice my school and others gave me. I definitely regret that now!! I saw in an article today that you ... Read More »

                          We Are Moving Out of America. Can We Just Leave Our Student Loans Behind? – Anouck

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                          “Dear Steve, I’m a Dutch citizen, my husband is a US citizen. He has federal student loans on his own (approx. $20K), and I co-signed for his private student loan with Sallie Mae (aka The Devil) for about $40K. We have filed for Chapter 13 and are currently not making payments. We are planning on moving to the Netherlands (most ... Read More »

                            Can the Statute of Limiations Make My Sallie Mae Student Loans Go Away?

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                            “Dear Steve, I have three Sallie Mae loans, all of which have gained interest in the past eight years. When I first went off to college I was very uneducated about student loans. Now, I wish I had better educated myself. I am scared to death of Sallie Mae because everyone I know that owes Sallie Mae has had their ... Read More »

                              I’m So Stressed Being a Sallie Mae Cosigner. I Want to Be Removed. – Ronda

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                              “Dear Steve, I co-signed student loan for my son, who has graduated from college, but is not working, cannot pay the loan…I am on Social Security, and the stress is killing me. Is there any possible way to get me out of this? What needs to happen to get me removed as a co-signer. How to get out of a ... Read More »

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