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The Stress From Sallie Mae is Abusive. – Sue

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“Dear Steve, My 28 year old daughter Laurie has incurred over 160,000 in student loans with Sallie Mae. They are relentless and even at times harassing her for payment. They are wanting over 900.00 per month which she is not able to do at her job as a vet tech making 15.00 an hour. She tried moving out for the ... Read More »

    Misleading Student Loan Mailer to Watch Out For From Student Loan Servicing Center

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    A consumer just submitted a complaint about Student Loan Servicing Center and included a mailer they received. I wanted to review the mailer for you and show you all the items that raised my concern. It’s worth discussing these items so you can be more aware of what marketing messages you may receive so you can evaluate them. If you ... Read More »

      Disturbing Student Loan Client Services Mailer to Watch Out For

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      A reader has just sent in a mailer they received from an entity called Student Loan Client Services. Talk about a generic name. The mailer, which appears to pretend to be an official government mailer, and was sent from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. The reader sent in the new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail ... Read More »

        EFA Processing Signs Consent Order

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        The State of Connecticut has just entered into a consent order with EFA Processing and Ken Talbert over debt relief help offered to State residents. According to , EFA Processing “voluntarily agrees to consent to the entry of the Consent and Agreement described below without admitting or denying any allegation or any claim contained in the Order and Notice and ... Read More »

          Tell Me About US Student Loan Services

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          A new debt relief company selling student loan debt help has come across my desk. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve used their service or have been through the sales presentation. The company is US Student Loan Services and is on the web at usstudentloanconsolidation.org. When new companies like this appear I’m really interested in your feedback on ... Read More »

            Why Debt Relief Help is Broken in America

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            Being in debt is a terrible situation. You are at your lowest moment in life or darn near close to it. On top of that you may be experiencing the common side effects problem debt brings like depression, hopelessness, feelings of failure, or marital strife. The one point most can agree on is being in debt is not a happy ... Read More »

              Loan Modification Debt Company Owner Sentenced to Prison

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              Ian Kideys, 40, of La Jolla, California was sentenced to five years in club fed for his role in K2 Capital Management, U.S. Mortgage Bailout, and iLoanAudit. Shocker, a loan modification company owner found guilty of fraud. According to prosecutors, “US Mortgage Bailout obtained some mortgage relief for its customers through fraudulent representations to lenders, but otherwise simply collected money ... Read More »

                CFPB Publishes Advice if You’ve Given Someone Power of Attorney Over Your Money Matters

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                The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has recently published guidance that appears to have a direct connection to debt relief companies that manage the finances of others using a Power of Attorney (POA). I frequently see these types of relationship between consumers and debt relief companies, like settlement companies, and now more student loan assistance organizations. While the guidance in ... Read More »

                  Big Changes Coming for Those Struggling with Federal Student Loans

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                  Let’s get the bad news out of the way, none of this good news in this article applies to private student loans. When it comes to private student loans my advice remains the same as it has been, avoid them like the plague. But for federal student loan holders as of July 1, 2014 a big change is being made ... Read More »

                    I’m a Kindergarten Teacher With $100K in Student Loans

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                    “Dear Steve, I went to a private, out if state, christian college and I am not a kindergarten teacher. I currently have over $100,000 in both federal and private loans all from Salliemae. I’ve been looking for the past 3 years (since I started paying my loans off) for a way to fix this problem. I’m paying over a $1,000 ... Read More »

                      Reader Want to Know if Performance Settlement Recruitment / Sales Claims are True

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                      A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) in the debt settlement industry sent us an email they recently received from Performance Settlement, an AFCC member. The email made some recruiting performance claims that should be a snap for Performance Settlement to respond to and verify. This issue isn’t so much a consumer issue foremost but an issue to ... Read More »

                        Debt Relief Company Officers to Face More Personal Liability From CFPB

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                        Indications out of the CFPB are that the agency plans to go after individuals in enforcement actions and not just companies. “In a speech last week to the Reuters Washington Summit, Director Cordray is reported to have indicated that the CFPB is committed to pursuing individuals, and not just companies, when exercising its enforcement authority.” The same report stated that ... Read More »

                          Bankruptcy Filings Plummet in Three Years

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                          As further evidence about the decreased demand for debt relief help, the United States Courts have just released the latest statistics which revel the number of non-business bankruptcy filings. According to the year end September 30th data the number of consumer bankruptcies fell 31 percent from the same period in 2010. Current filings, for the last twelve months, were 1,072,807 ... Read More »

                            AFSLR Growing. Adds American Student Loan Consolidators.

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                            The trade group, Association for Student Loan Relief (AFSLR) has added a new member according to the group. American Student Loan Consolidators has been recently added as a member. – Source It appears American Student Loan Consolidators is an outgrowth of Upbin’s formerly religious debt management activities as Christian Credit Counseling Center. According to CorporationWiki, “Daniel Upbin is the Managing ... Read More »

                              My Addictions Have Left Me Broke and Hopeless. – Jane

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                              “Dear Steve, I don’t know where to start. I am an alcoholic and a drug addict. I got sober when I was 25 years of age. I had no education or skills. I went on welfare. I went to college after that and obtained a professional degree and license. I also met my husband and had two sons. I had ... Read More »

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