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Despicable Debt Relief Mailer Spoofs IRS

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A kind reader just sent in the following mailer which seems problematic on two fronts. The first is the use of the consumer credit reporting data to send the mailer. Others are being sued over such actions. See this article. The second big problem is the letter appears to want to spoof an official government letter to look like it ... Read More »

    Hope for Home Gets Unwanted Attention in Connecticut

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    The State of Connecticut recently took action against Lamont Karriem and Hope for Home for allegedly operating as a debt adjuster or debt negotiator for residents. The State said: 1. Respondent is an individual, who at all times relevant hereto, was the sole proprietor of Hope for Home, which has an office located at 12523 Limonite Avenue, Suite 440-421, Mira ... Read More »

      Morgan Drexen Take Over Attorneys Held in Contempt by Court

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      What began in 2013 as an issue between the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen has now turned into a widening action that has resulted in several attorneys being found to be in contempt of court and facing a $10,000 per day fine if they don’t return client money. Sooner rather than later. On ... Read More »

        Reliant Account Management Fined by Connecticut and Gets Second Chance

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        The State of Connecticut recently fined Reliant Account Management (RAM) for operating in the state without a money transmitter license. A consent order entered into by Gregory A. Winters agreed to pay a $5,000 civil penalty and to “cease and desist from engaging in the business of money transmission in the future in Connecticut without a license.” The company also ... Read More »

          Orion Processing Says CFPB was Wrong to Seize Business

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          Debt relief company Orion Processing has filed court documents alleging the Consumer Financial Protection bureau had no authority to seize their business and shutdown Orion and effectively, World Law. For the background on this story, click here. Orion Processing, Derin Scott, and David Klein say, “Sometime before August 20, 2015, Counter-Defendant decided to bring this action under seal in this ... Read More »

            My Daughter Lives in the UK Now and Can’t Afford Her U.S. Private Student Loans

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            Question: Dear Steve, My daughter has about $100k in private student debt (and another $100k in federal). She did her undergrad in CA and her grad in NY. Federal debt is manageable because they adjust for her income. She can no longer afford to pay her private loans and they are unwilling to work with her and she has no ... Read More »

              TransUnion Releases Yet Another Credit Scoring Number – CreditVision


              TransUnion (NYSE: TRU) released today CreditVision®, the first credit score in market to combine both trended credit bureau data and alternative data sources — creating a more precise picture of consumer risk and their ability to manage financial commitments. CreditVision Link allows lenders to score up to approximately 95% of the U.S. adult population. The combination of the data within ... Read More »

                University of Phoenix Shot Down by Department of Defense

                The Department of Defense is telling the University of Phoenix they suck and get the hell off our bases. According to the Wall Street Journal the University of Phoenix will no longer be eligible for DoD tuition assistance as well. “Sen. Durbin said that he will be calling on the Department of Education and the Department of Veterans Affairs to ... Read More »

                  Nationwide Debt Direct Hit With Marking Suit

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                  Nationwide Debt Direct recently had a state lawsuit moved to federal court and it’s interesting because it’s yet another example of a suit brought over marketing. This case was filed by Brian Garvine ([email protected]) and Robert Parker ([email protected]), both Ohio attorneys. The suit alleges Nationwide Debt Direct “unlawfully obtained Plaintiffs consumer reports and used them illegally to obtain information for ... Read More »

                    Company is Chasing Me for a Debt I Don’t Owe. What Do I Do?


                    Question: Dear Steve, Back in December of 2014 I received an email from a company stating that I owed them $990.68 for a debt that I know I don’t owe. They state in their email that they put my social security # into their National Database checking system and said that I was never charged with fraud. I emailed them ... Read More »

                      Sallie Mae Screwed Up My Chances of Getting a Texas Public Education Grant

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                      Question: Dear Steve, I started my nursing training in WY and borrowed student loan money there. Then, in 1999, I moved to Lake Charles, LA, and took out loans through Sallie Mae since I was now in the South. Sallie Mae loaned me out too much money; however, they said that since it was their mistake that it would be ... Read More »

                        Social Worker Facing Retirement Can’t Pay Student Loans

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                        Question: Dear Steve, I’m a 60 year old female with one daughter in college. I took out loans to get my MSW degree which I needed to continue working in my job. I took loans totaling $50000, but during this time I went through a divorce, was jobless for 2 years, and I defaulted on the loan. I did consolidate ... Read More »

                          Why There is Nothing Inherently Wrong with Debt Settlement

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                          A recent article out of India about a business that entered a debt settlement agreement reminded me that I’ve wanted to write this article for some time. Over the past five or so years, debt settlement has developed a nasty reputation as a scam. Unfortunately it is the debt relief bad apples that the industry did not try to stop ... Read More »

                            Father Forged Kids Names on Student Loans. Do They Owe Them?

                            Question: Dear Steve, My ex husband left 2 of my children with over $100,000 each with student loan debt. He signed loans with their names without their knowledge, he missed months of payments which incurred high interest rates and now these kids both under 30 are saddled with these debts. They are beyond upset and see no end to paying ... Read More »

                              Dump of Debt Relief Offers Raises More Concerns Than Answers

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                              As part of my I Buy Junk Mail program, Eve sent in a number of recent debt relief mailers that landed in her mail box. Imagine how the average person would be able to decipher the claims made or even begin to understand what company would be able to offer the debt service or solution. As you can see in ... Read More »

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