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Sovereign Associates and Sovereign Funding Sent Me This Offer. What Do You Think?

Sovereign Associates

A very nice reader sent in the following offer they received and said, “I will just be grateful if this is not legitimate and it helps me and/or others that are in a financial hardship and get something that seems to answer their prayers and may fall subject to an even worse situation. That in itself is awful! Thank you ... Read More »

    Marc Hoffman of Hoffman Law Group to Face Bar Issues

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    The Hoffman Law Group is/was a Florida based company that is said to have provided foreclosure rescue services and solicited consumers for mass joinder suits against lenders. This approach has been problematic and a number of authorities have warned consumers about this type of activity. The Palm Beach Post is reporting: “A North Palm Beach lawyer who advertises foreclosure-rescue services ... Read More »

      FTC Bans MLM Executives and Says Claims Were Bogus

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      The operators of a Kentucky-based pyramid scheme, which enrolled more than 350,000 consumers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in the last four years, have been banned from multi-level marketing under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky and North Carolina. The settlement also requires the operators to surrender assets totaling at ... Read More »

        Who is Consumer Legal Resources of Florida?

        Adult Ed - Questions

        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 »

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