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I’m Having Problems With My VA Student Loan Benefits, ECMC, and my GI Bill. – Harrison

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“Dear Steve, I have a 30 year old school loan I have been fighting for almost that entire time. I enrolled in a trade school and produced my DD214 and expected all those fees would come from the 5 years I served in the military under the G.I. Bill. I come to find out years later in the mail that ... Read More »

    Work-at-Home Defendant Settles with FTC

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    The final defendant charged by the Federal Trade Commission in a business opportunity scheme that he falsely claimed would enable consumers to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon has agreed to settle. Under the settlement, Benjamin Moskel, a former officer in the corporation, The Online Entrepreneur, ... Read More »

      What the Fuck is World Law Group Talking About?

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      A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of an email they received from World Law Group that made a claim that rose above the level of “what the heck” and “what the hell” to defcon “what the fuck?” In the email, World Law Group allegedly says, “Your attorneys at World Law Group are transitioning the accounting ... Read More »

        Is FSDR or Texas Assistance Center Legitimate to Help Me With My Debt? – Mary

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        “Dear Steve, Is this company legitimate? They talk about my credit card debt… how do they get access to that type of information? Mary” Dear Mary, Thank you for sending in a scan of the flyer you received. I have no idea what the outside looked like but my best is it may have been posing as an official looking ... Read More »

          Missing – Credit Advocates Law Firm Site. But is it Really Credit Advocates Debt Resolution Firm?

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          A reader posted a comment alluding to the fact a company out of Florida named Credit Advocates Law Firm, LLC may actually be controlled by Jeffrey Aleman, Thomas Macey, and Jason Searns. Normally I’d just pass on a tip like that but in this case what really piqued my interest was the fact the Nevada company registration does in fact ... Read More »

            FTC Recovers Luxury Cars and Watches in Mobile Phone Cramming Action

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            The operator of a massive mobile cramming scheme has agreed to surrender more than $1.2 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges, including the contents of numerous bank accounts, two luxury cars, shares in a number of startup companies and multiple luxury watches. “Ensuring that consumers are protected in the growing mobile environment is a top priority at ... Read More »

              FTC Extracts Dollars for Consumers From Tax Relief Scam

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              The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling more than $16 million to 18,571 consumers who paid money to American Tax Relief, which bilked financially distressed consumers by falsely claiming it could reduce their tax debts. Under a settlement, the defendants turned over millions of dollars in assets the court had frozen, including bank accounts, jewelry, and a Ferrari. ... Read More »

                Consumers Shedding Problem Debt Less and Less

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                The latest round of bankruptcy filing numbers is out and it paints a picture many in the debt relief industry see firsthand, a decrease in demand for debt relief services. Since the debt relief industry fails to provide any specific numbers about consumer demand, the best measure we have is to use the U.S. Courts bankruptcy filing numbers as a ... Read More »

                  How Can I Get My Father Off My Private Student Loans as a Co-Signer?

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                  “Dear Steve, I’m about $80,000 in debt in private student loans. I’m behind on my payments and my credit is a mess. My father co-signed on my loan with his perfect credit. I was wondering if you had any advice for me. Is there any way to consolidate private student loans without adding a co-signer? I am trying to consolidate ... Read More »

                    Juror Scam to be Aware of Says U.S. Courts – Scam Alert

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                    The U.S. Courts are warning about something they say is a new scam consumers should be aware of. According to the courts, the juror scam email fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft and has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they ... Read More »

                      Work-At-Home Scammer Tried to Hide Assets Says FTC

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                      At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has imposed a $26.9 million judgment against the operator of a phony work-at home scheme who lied about his financial assets in an effort to hide them from the FTC when he agreed to settle with the agency in 2010. Jonathan Eborn was one of the marketers behind a work-at-home scheme ... Read More »

                        Sallie Mae Says There is Nothing They Can Do to Help Us With Massive Loans

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                        “Dear Steve, My husband and I have been married for 6 months and have a baby due in the fall. My husband has over $100,000.00 in Sallie Mae private loans. His parents took these out for him on his 18th birthday, and sent him to a private college out of state where he graduated in 4 years with a bachelors ... Read More »

                          FTC Says It Stopped Office Supply Scammers

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                          At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that bilked nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities out of millions of dollars by deceptively sending them overpriced light bulbs and cleaning supplies that they never ordered. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal practices and make the defendants return victims’ money. ... Read More »

                            U.S. Fines Bank of America for Hustling Mortgage Loans

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                            U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff yesterday ordered Bank of America to pay a significant civil penalty of $1.27 billion for fraud it committed before and during the time taxpayers invested $45 billion in the bank through the TARP bailout. Additionally, former Bank of America executive Rebecca Mairone was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $1 million to the ... Read More »

                              The Most Overlooked Way to Stop a Federal Student Loan Wage Garnishment

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                              “Dear Steve, Student Loan in default. I have been paying my wage garnishment for almost a year. First of all, THANK YOU for being so helpful with these articles. I am trying to find more information on this new law is nearly impossible which I find odd and discouraging. So having your articles to read is so helpful. I wanted ... Read More »

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