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I’m So Far in Student Loan Debt There is No Hope for Me. – Adam

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“Dear Steve, I have private student loans as well as federal ones, but they gave me the loans without cosigners and the interest rates have basically made it so, despite making payments, the principal hasn’t gone down. At this point, I can’t afford to repay them all, have defaulted a few, and can barely afford the necessities needed to live. ... Read More »

    I’m in an Administrative Wage Garnishment. How Can I Consolidate My Student Loans? – Tina

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    “Dear Steve, My wages are garnished for a defaulted student loan. I read your post about consolidating and getting on a reduced payment plan (IBR). I have tried this with my federal student loan agency and they will not allow me to do this. Their response is that I cannot consolidate while I am in administrative wage garnishment. They insist ... Read More »

      Complete Financial Solutions Mailer Goes to the Dogs

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      An amazing reader sent in one of the more unusual debt relief mailers I’ve ever seen through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Gary Jones from JW Financial Insights has apparently sent out a very odd mailer to people to promote something. The envelope appears to be very generic with a note attached. Inside the envelope the reader received what ... Read More »

        Colorado Moves to Lower Debt Settlement Fees

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        A reader forwarded me a copy of this document from the State of Colorado regarding debt settlement. It contains some interesting sections. For example there is this one. Recommendation 2 – Limit settlement fees to 15 percent of the debt forgiven from a completed settlement. “A Settlement Provider negotiates with a creditor to convince it to forgive a portion of ... Read More »

          Is This the Same Tim Daniels That Settled With the FTC?

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          A reader sent in an email and said a Tim Daniels was running Student Help Network at IBRPlan.com. So the first thought to come to mind was, “Who the hell is Tim Daniels?” Figuring the reader sent me the email I thought it must be about someone I’ve written about before. Otherwise, the email really made no sense, at all. ... Read More »

            Benjamin Moskel: Why Do People Think You Are a Fat Ass Gambler?

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            Over the years I’ve seen a hell of a lot of strange links to this site. The most bizarre was some porn site that linked to me as the best get out of debt site. Ah, thanks? I don’t know why people link. But some recent links have to be some of the strangest links I’ve seen. Apparently someone is ... Read More »

              Student Debt Solutions Scares the Hell Out of This Consumer

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              Yesterday I received a call from Matt, a friend, who said he just received a very disturbing call from someone who identified himself as Agent Raymond with the Department of Education. Matt said the call really rattled him and was frightening. Matt said Agent Raymond even gave Matt his badge number. I’ll let Matt tell you what his impression was ... Read More »

                DA’s Office Wants to Give Money Back to Debt Free Associates Clients

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                I was contacted by the Monterey County DA’s Office in California who said they had recently settled a case with Debt Free Associates. As part of that settlement Debt Free Associates was to refund consumers but not a lot of people were coming forward to claim the funds owed them. Some felt it was a scam. The DA’s office asked ... Read More »

                  Mortgage Relief Marketers Now a Half Million Dollars Lighter

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                  A federal district court in Southern California has ordered a judgment of nearly $515,000 against Mark Nagy Atalla, a defendant in a 2013 Federal Trade Commission action targeting deceptive mortgage and debt relief pitches. The court imposed the judgment after finding Atalla had hid assets and misrepresented his financial condition to the agency. The judgment originally was suspended in Atalla’s ... Read More »

                    How Can Reven Media be Student Loan Experts?

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                    Update and Response from Reven Media I’d like to offer a hat tip and pat on the back to Reven Media for responding to the story below. It is truly uncommon for a company to be open, transparent, and offer a public comment. Reven Media Response to the Story Steve, We sincerely appreciate your concerns to consumers and welcome any ... Read More »

                      Bicoastal Funding Debt Consolidation Loan Offer Review

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                      An amazing reader Burgemj sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. It appears to be yet another offer sent from a very common sender, Sacramento, California Postal Permit 1297. Consumers have received a number of debt reduction offers from that postal permit. The debt consolidation loan offer from Bicoastal Funding arrived in a ... Read More »

                        Keep Up – It’s Novicore Solutions From Now On. Or is it?

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                        Remember Garden State Consumer Credit Counseling changed their name to Novadebt? Well now they’ve decided to change it again and on October 31, 2014 the company formally known as GSCCC will now be Navicore Solutions. According to information from the company the name change “more clearly conveys or mission and the growth of our counseling services beyond financial guidance.” – ... Read More »

                          Otto Berges and Consumer Protection Counsel Back in Court Again

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                          I previously published a story about an outfit out of Florida being challenged in court over allegations they were selling credit repair services. See this story. Well some of the same players are back in it again. This new suit names Berges Law Group, Otto Berges, Consumer Protection Counsel, Debt Be Gone, and Gregory Fishman. Well apparently a couple of ... Read More »

                            Debt Free Student Runs Most Unbelievably Dumb Advertisement

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                            A reader forwarded an advertisement they saw on Facebook for a student loan assistance company called Debt Free Student. Apparently they didn’t get the memo on using President Obama likeness in debt relief advertising. I’m sure the FTC is going to love seeing this one. Debt Free Student says they are located at 1200 Main Street, Suite G, Irvine, CA ... Read More »

                              Why Didn’t the Bankruptcy Court Discharge My Student Loans? I’m a Teacher.

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                              “Dear Steve, My husband & I filed Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Arizona in 2011, discharged May, 2011. We filed due to his medical conditions, which caused our family to loose a decrease in wages, which eventually led to permanent disability. We lost our house & moved back to Arkansas (5/2011) to be closer to family. I am a certified teacher, ... Read More »

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