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FTC Halts Elusive Business Opportunity

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At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has halted an elusive business opportunity scheme that allegedly conned more than $6 million from American and Canadian consumers. The FTC has alleged that the defendants falsely promised consumers that they could make money by referring merchants in their area to the defendants’ non-existent money-lending service. The court froze the defendants’ ... Read More »

    I’m an Optometrist Trying to Eliminate My Student Loans. – Jennifer

    Debt Consolidation Loan Approved Stamp Shows Consolidated Loans Agreed

    “Dear Steve, Optometrist graduated in 1996, consolidated student loan debt with Sallie Mae shortly there after, HEAL loan at 9% interest fixed, other loan 4% Stafford? Been paying over 17 years on debt and am current. Also have about $30,000 in credit card debt unable to bring down, husband has about $30,000 as well. What can I do to consolidate ... Read More »

      California Attorney Sentenced to Prison in Financial Services Action

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      - Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and André Birotte Jr., United States Attorney for the Central District of California, today announced that a Santa Monica, Calif., lawyer who was a partner at the Nixon Peabody law firm when he helped obstruct two separate investigations into an investment scheme that ultimately took $22 million ... Read More »

        International Sweepstakes Scam Caught Consumers Unaware – Smacked

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        At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has halted a massive sweepstakes scam that has taken more than $11 million from consumers throughout the United States and dozens of other countries throughout the world, including Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan. The FTC seeks to permanently end the allegedly illegal practices that have continued for ... Read More »

          I Filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy are My Student Loans Discharged? – TMD

          Student Loan Corkboard Concept

          “Dear Steve, I filed ch 7 in 2011 & was succesful. My student loan was listed under my debts discharged but not in the student loan area. If my student loan debt was discharged as a listing of all of my debt but not under the student loan section of the paperwork should I still have to pay it or ... Read More »

            Sallie Mae Won’t Counter My Settlement Offer. – Lauren

            Student Loan Corkboard Concept

            “Dear Steve, I have Sallie Mae private student loans ($25,000 or so original loan was $11,000 or so) taken out back in 2004 for Culinary School, Have used all deferment and forbearance and have had quite a bit of being unemployed since, but I have a more stable job now and was trying to work everything out — it has ... Read More »

              My Recording Arts Degree is Keeping Me From Love. – Ryan

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              “Dear Steve, I am a college graduate with $30,878 in Stafford Loans and $50,932 in private loans. Now I went to a for profit college and I also do admit that I didn’t take as much time as I should have in researching schools. I went to school for a degree in recording arts. Looking back I take full responsibility ... Read More »

                Sallie Mae is Coming After My Son After His Co-Signer Passed Away. – Diane

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                “Dear Steve, My father-in-law had co-signed sallie mae student loans for my son approximately seven to ten years ago My son has been paying interst only on these loans of 68,000 dollars. 40,000 dollars is the portion that was co-signed. In April of this year my father-in-law passed away and know sallie mae is telling us that this money is ... Read More »

                  How Can I Find a Student Loan Bankruptcy Attorney? – Katina

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                  “Dear Steve, Thinking about filing bankruptcy but I keep being told it will not cover student loans How do I find a lawyer that will help me file bankruptcy that will include my student loans? Katina” The Answer Dear Katina, I understand what you basically want to do but I think you are asking the wrong question. It’s a long ... Read More »

                    Best Buy, Target, and Walmart Text Spammers Settle With FTC

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                    An affiliate marketing company and its two principals have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges for allegedly sending out more than 42.5 million unwanted and deceptive text messages to consumers. The case is part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on spam text messages and the settlement prohibits the defendants from sending unwanted texts to consumers, and from misleading consumers ... Read More »

                      Debt Settlement Mailer From Frisco, Texas Raises Alarms

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                      Well here is yet another version of a debt settlement mailer being sent out to consumers. This one comes from Wichita, KS postal permit 1148. The address of the sender is 2611 Internet Blvd, #021, Frisco, Texas 75034. According to the BBB that is the address for United Debt Services. They list David Melrose as the owner. Melrose is also ... Read More »

                        CFPB Anti-Scamming Regulation to Better Protect Consumers

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                        A fascinating new paper out by Jean Braucher talks about the historical context of scamming and what history has taught us about why consumers are so easily scammed. “Nineteenth century American literary masters Edgar Allen Poe, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain (with co-author Charles Dudley Warner) all examined scamming in their largely pre-regulatory time. These authors made two prescient observations ... Read More »

                          I Have Stage 4 Colon Cancer and Student Loans. – Maria

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                          “Dear Steve, 2001 got private student loan grandfather co signed. Grad 2007 after a divorce and a child born in 2008 I had finical hardship. Ive paid on time in 2012 . 2013 diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer im on full disability, my co borrower is now 87 and on ssa as well. Its 160 days past due. What ... Read More »

                            Can I Get a Mortgage After a Chapter 13 Bankruptcy? – Kellie

                            Real Estate Concept

                            “Dear Steve, I recently discharged my ch 13. I am interested in understanding how long I should wait to consider a new home purchase. My fiancé has excellent credit but I contribute the bulk of the income. I am hoping that the 2 years you eluded to can be minimized with his credit history. Thoughts? Kellie” The Answer Dear Kellie, ... Read More »

                              Consumers Still Prime Targets for Debt Settlement Bogus Mailings

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                              I just received a submission from my I Buy Junk Mail program that serves as an example of the continued marketing that is going on to consumers with money troubles. In just a week or so, one consumer received the three irritatingly deceptive mailers you see below. I’ve reported before on mailers sent bearing the same postal permit numbers, (Santa ... Read More »

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