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Is The Steadman Group Really Ed Cherry?

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Earlier this month I received an email asking if a new website for The Steadman Group was really related to Ed Cherry. For readers who may not recognize the name, Edward Cherry has been a name floated around for some time in the debt relief world. You can click here for some past articles. I think the reader question came ... Read More »

    Destination Debt Solutions Denies Troubles

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    Recently I received a statement from a tipster (send in your tips here) who appeared to be concerned about a company called Destination Debt Solutions in Florida. The person wrote, “Destination Debt Solutions out of central Florida in dire financial straits. In process of laying off entire staff and considering filing BK. Not paying vendor marketing bills and other company ... Read More »

      How Can I Settle My Federal Student Loan for Less? – Ella

      Ready to Collapse

      “Dear Steve, I owe about $55K in student loan debt. I am interested in doing a lump sum pay off at a discounted rate. When I spoke to my lender, Total Higher Education/Great Lakes, they said this was impossible since the loan was through the government. After reading a bit more, it seems that a discounted lump sum payment may ... Read More »

        My Boyfriend is Scared of the IRS. – Journey

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        “Dear Steve, My boyfriend has the IRS after him from a 2009 audit that went into noncollectable status in 2010. Recently, we have had a knock on the door and a note left from the IRS with impending doom. My girlfriend said that adding a second person on the bank accounts will prevent any bank swipes from the government because ... Read More »

          Will My Parents Have to Pay My Student Loans? – Roger

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          “Dear Steve, Hi, I have some student loan debt (a total of $82,000) and I was wondering if something should happen to me, would my parents need to pay it off? I have always wondered this, because well frankly stuff happens and we don’t always know what might happen tomorrow. I am including a copy of the types of loans ... Read More »

            Federal Student Loan Notice Mailer Review

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            An amazing reader Alicia sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Alicia received a mailer from good old postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California which promises some amazing student loan benefits including total loan forgiveness. The outsides of the mailer does not say who the sender actually is and my opinion is it ... Read More »

              United Debt Services Sends Official Notice Mailer That Makes Odd Sounding Statement

              UDS Mailer Inside

              An amazing reader Karen sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Karen lives in Alabama where she received this mailer for debt help from United Debt Services. The outside of the mailer says Official Notice and does not give the name of the company on the outside. It seems I’ve written about United ... Read More »

                Rescue My Student Loans / Student Loan Rescue USA – Consumer Complaint – August 12, 2014

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                Consumer Statement: First off, They are asking 500.00. 125.00 in 4 payments starting in Sept. I don’t have there phone number just the company they are calling from. 305-330-9947. The company is Student Loan Rescue, USA. then they said all money owed will be cancelled after they sent in paperwork. Consumer Action Taken: I want to know if they are ... Read More »

                  CFPB Bitch Slaps Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Scheme

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                  Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate, Novo Appraisal Management Company, and the owner of both companies, Patrick Markert, for engaging in a deceptive bait-and-switch mortgage-lending scheme that harmed tens of thousands of consumers. The Bureau found that Amerisave lured consumers by advertising misleading interest rates, locked them in with costly up-front ... Read More »

                    EZPass Email – Scam Alert

                    E-ZPass Scam Email

                    The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. A reader sent in the following email and wanted people to watch out for it. The email pretends to be from E-ZPass but is actually sent from an email address in Russia, automania-group.ru. If you get an email like this, delete it, do not click on the link. ... Read More »

                      BS CBAP Consumer Balance Assistance Program Mailer

                      CBAP Inside

                      An amazing reader Michael sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This mailer comes from something called the Consumer Balance Assistance Program (CBAP). The self mailer looks like an official document on the outside. At least it looks that way to me. The inside of the mailer has a fake check attached. While ... Read More »

                        Is Student Loan Affordability Advisory Just Another Scum Bag Company?

                        Student Loan Affordability Advisory

                        “Dear Steve, I simply want to share this with you because I do not know if this is legit or if its simply another scum bag company trying to rip off students who already got ripped off by the predatory lending industry. Maybe you can shine light on this?” Thank you for sending in your information. Frankly I’m dismayed to ... Read More »

                          More Law Groups in Hot Water Over Mortgage Intervention

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                          Mader Law Group, American Financial law Group, Meridian Law Group, and attorney Eric Mader caught the attention of the Connecticut Department of Banking recently. According to the State site the companies were engaged in activities which triggered a closer look. This comes on the heels of a flurry of actions against other law firms engaged in mortgage assistance services. See ... Read More »

                            Mass Joinder Mills Targets of Attorney General Action

                            Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

                            Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson sued Berger Law Group, Resolution Law Group, and related entities and individuals over allegations that they collected at least $4.7 million in illegal upfront fees from distressed homeowners. Under their authority to enforce the federal Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule and Florida and Connecticut laws prohibiting deceptive and unfair ... Read More »

                              Three Charged in Mortgage Modification Scheme

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                              Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the unsealing of charges against Ped Abghari, a/k/a “Ted Allen,” Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” and Justin Romano for engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 homeowners in all 50 states ... Read More »

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