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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 »

            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?

                World Law Announcement

                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

                  Texas Assistance Center

                  “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

                              Know who you are really working with so you don't get scammed.

                              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 »

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