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Who is Consumer Legal Resources of Florida?

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A reader asked me today about a company out of Florida called Consumer Legal Resources of Florida that the State of Florida says Joseph Hilton is the president of. The company was registered in Florida on April 25, 2014. Does anybody know what this new company is going to be doing for consumers or selling? If you have a credit ... Read More »

    Kick in the Nuts for Attorney Model Debt Settlement?

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    I was remiss in not covering this sooner but at the end of March there was what appears to be an important decision regarding attorney model debt settlement services where attorneys claim they are not regulated by the state and can charge advance fees. In a decision that the Maryland based debt settlement group, Persels and Associates, says they will ... Read More »

      Consumer Assistance Project, Back Office Law Project, and Law Office of Timothy McCabe Hit CT

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      For years now I’ve talked about how tough the state of Connecticut is with debt relief companies. Well today marks another page turn in that story. The State attempted to contact Consumer Assistance Project, Back Office Law Project, and the Law Office of Timothy McCabe, numerous times, over concerns of unlicensed debt adjusting or debt negotiation. And apparently the Consumer ... Read More »

        Education Loan Network Mailer Raises Concerns for Reader

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        An amazing reader adalton sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer if for an entity identified as Education Loan Network and mailed from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, CA. The reader who submitted this mailer for review, said: “I noticed a couple red flags on this one: 1. This generically named ... Read More »

          Mortgage Delinquencies Plumet and Subprime Borrowers Get Shot

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          TransUnion, the credit reporting people, have just released new data that certainly makes it appear the big wave of mortgage defaults and delinquencies is over. In fact this data marks the ninth quarter of declines in the rate at which borrowers are 60 or more days behind on their mortgages. We haven’t see rates this low since the second quarter ... Read More »

            Debt Settlement Attorney Files Bankruptcy

            Sagging Economy

            It what is the ultimate irony, another big debt settlement attorney has filed bankruptcy. The first I remember was Keith Nelms of Allegro Law fame. A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a document to me that says now Lloyd Ward, the big Dallas based debt settlement attorney, has filed bankruptcy. According to the public documents, Ward filed ... Read More »

              The Scott Law Group Adds Lexxiom and The Iniguez Law Firm to List

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              The Scott Law Group out of Washington State has added two new companies to their list of companies they are pursuing. According to tracking, the firm added Lexxiom, Inc. and The Iniguez Law Firm, PC to their list here on April 17. I can always use your help. If you have a tip or information you want to share, you ... Read More »

                How Do I Deal With This Old Debt from the Collection Agency? – Tai

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                “Dear Steve, A collection agency is reporting that I opened a credit card in 2011. I was actually totally unable to get credit by 2011 because in graduate school I became unemployed and had some serious financial problems. I think this is a debt from 2004. Is there anything I can do about this? Thanks in advance. I am trying ... Read More »

                  Free Student Loan Money for Veterinarians

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                  The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, has announced there is money available in fiscal year 2014 for their Veterinary Medicine Loan Program (VMLRP). Veterinarians eligible must serve in two ares: (1) geographical areas that the USDA Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians; and (2) areas of veterinary practice that the Secretary determines have a shortage of veterinarians, ... Read More »

                    Crazy Times for Legal Helpers and Macey Bankruptcy Law

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                    Old dogs in the debt relief field will instantly recognize the names Legal Helpers and Macey Bankruptcy Law from the debt settlement heyday. A tipster (send in your tips here) brought to my attention that Macey Bankruptcy Law, Macey & Aleman, Legal Helpers, and Jacoby & Meyers Bankruptcy were all named in an involuntary bankruptcy filing by a handful of ... Read More »

                      Reader Sends n Student Loan Relief Group Mailer That Concerns Her

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                      An amazing reader FTC Investigator sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The reader said this about the submission: “This is a very misleading letter as it states that I am eligible for the student loan reform act. It implies that there is some sort of government program that I have been pre-qualified ... Read More »

                        Things Wrapping Up in Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Regner, and ABC Debt Relief Case

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                        Back in 2010 a bunch of debt settlement employees filed suit against ABC Debt Relief, The Debt Answer, Lloyd Ward, Lloyd Ward & Associates, and Lloyd Regner for wages owed. You can read more about that suit and its X-rated allegations, here. According to files just sent to me by a tipster (send in your tips here), the case has ... Read More »

                          Scott Law Group Adds Financial Solutions Legal Center

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                          The law firm Scott Law Group out of Washington has added another debt relief company to their list of targets. Lynch Financial Services, Inc, which is also doing business as Financial Solutions Legal Center was recently added to the growing member list. How the Scott Law Group finds all these companies is beyond me. I can always use your help. ... Read More »

                            Bank of America to Pay $727 Million for Illegal Credit Card Practices

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                            The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has ordered Bank of America, N.A. and FIA Card Services, N.A. to provide an estimated $727 million in relief to consumers harmed by practices related to credit card add-on products. Roughly 1.4 million consumers were affected by Bank of America’s deceptive marketing of their add-on products. Bank of America also illegally charged approximately 1.9 ... Read More »

                              Debt Settlement Exec Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges and Looks at Jail

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                              A former attorney and day-to-day controller of a New York based debt settlement company pled guilty to criminal charges on Tuesday. Michael Levitis faces up to 10 years behind prison for ripping off consumers with his Mission Settlement Agency, and Alpha Debt Settlement. The United States of America pursued Levitis for mail fraud and wire fraud as part of the ... Read More »

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