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CFPB to Credit Card Companies – A Big Finger Wag on Offers


Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warned credit card companies against deceptively marketing interest-rate promotions. The Bureau is concerned that some companies are luring in consumers with offers of reduced or zero interest for a specific purchase or balances transferred from another credit card, and then hitting them with surprise interest charges. In the bulletin released today, the Bureau ... Read More »

    Why Do I Feel Guilty Using My Credit Cards to Survive?

    Senior couple at home focusing on angry man

    “Dear Steve, In 2008 I was a building contractor in Florida and had all my money invested in Real Estate. With the money I had I keep paying until I just ran out of money. I now live in South America and depend on my credit cards to survive. I rent out my house but is not enough to keep ... Read More »

      U.S. Department of Education Practically Prison Raped Over Student Loan Collections

      NCLC Report

      To say the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) just took issue with the relationship between the U.S. Department of Education and private debt collectors would be like saying a pedophile Santa at the Mall was no problem. While I believe the U.S. Department of Education wants student debtors to be treated fairly and have access to all of the available ... Read More »

        Four Magic Words to Get Out of a Debt Collector Lawsuit

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        What I’m about to offer you can be used for good as well as evil so please use this information responsibly. Additionally, I always urge all of my readers to consult with an attorney licensed in their state for legal advice. I am not a lawyer. But over the decades I’ve been helping people with problem debt there is one ... Read More »

          How Can I Get Sallie Mae to Settle My Student Loan Debt? – Julio

          Drowning swimmer

          “Dear Steve, I have been paying on a $65,000 private student loan for about 4 years I worked out a deal where I pay interest only around $400 a month. None of the money goes to the actual principle. The original loan was for $30,000. Recently Sallie Mae started asking for $700 a month and I can not afford that! ... Read More »

            Are Debt Collection Companies Hated Too Much?

            Alone and Lost

            There is no shortage of reasons to be upset at debt collectors. Some are just assholes. But the problem is not all are. Some debt collectors actually want to help people to find ways to repay their debt. They want to play by the rules and follow the regulations. The bad debt collectors just give the entire industry a bad ... Read More »

              How Can I Repay My Sallie Mae Student Loans When I’m Broke?

              time and money

              “Dear Steve, I have 8 private tuition answer loans from Sallie Mae in the total amount of $138,000 taken out between 2004-2008. After school I was able to make some payments and paid the $150 forbearance fee. Then after the crash of the economy I have not found employment that would give me enough income to cover my living expense, ... Read More »

                How Can I Get Rid of My Private Student Loans if I’m Disabled? – Wayne


                “Dear Steve, I have had Federal and private student loans. I have Total & Permanent Disability discharge of the Federal loans. My private signature loans are with Sallie Mae. I have not been able to work forever. I have defaulted on the loans. I have not paid on the loans since Sept. 2010. The loans have been turned over to ... Read More »

                  Debt Settlement Nightmare Partially Over for Allegro Law Clients

                  upset young man

                  Back in 2009 one of the first debt settlement companies to colossally meltdown was a lawyer run company, Allegro Law. This case involved not only Keith Nelms, Esq. but dragged in groups like Americorp and people like Tim McCallan. A couple of days ago the Trustee in the Allegro Law bankruptcy case had finally cleared all the necessary hurdles and ... Read More »

                    Berges Law Group and Consumer Protection Counsel Still in Suit With a Twist


                    I got my hands on a copy of a recent court document on a suit by a consumer against Otto Berges, Berges Law Group, Paralegal Staff Support, and Consumer Protection Counsel. The suit out of Wisconsin alleges the companies and entities may have been intertwined in a effort to sell credit repair services. The motion from Judge Griesbach says, “the ... Read More »

                      More Debt Settlement Companies Added to The Scott Law Group List

                      law books

                      The Scott Law Group, who went after a number of debt relief companies over the past few years, has added some new names to their list of current companies they are involved with. They’ve added Consumer Legal Services America, Debt Aid Processing, and National Credit Assistance. – Source The full list of companies can be found here. Get Out of ... Read More »

                        Debt Relief Companies Doing Telemarketing to Face Higher Fees


                        The Federal Trade Commission is getting ready to announce an increase in fees for companies performing telemarketing under the Telemarketing Sales Rules The cost to access the Do-Not-Call Registry to screen telephone numbers is going to increase to $60 per area code. The maximum fee that can be charged is increasing to $16,228. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, ... Read More »

                          New York AG Goes After More Mortgage Relief Firms


                          As part of a joint federal-state sweep by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Federal Trade Commission and 15 states targeting scam operations that prey on financially struggling homeowners and those facing foreclosure. Along with the FTC and CFPB, attorneys general from the following states participated in the sweep: Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, ... Read More »

                            Debt Relief Providers Still Crying From Low Delinquencies

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                            According to the credit reporting agency TransUnion, credit card delinquency has hit a seven year low. That’s good for consumer but not so good for credit counseling, debt settlement, or bankruptcy providers. The national credit card delinquency rate declined to its lowest level in at least seven years, dropping from 1.27% in Q2 2013 to 1.16% in Q2 2014. The ... Read More »

                              Mass Joinder Player Phillip Kramer Resurfaces in Different Scheme Alleges CT & FL


                              In a bit of a shocker a couple of names who were hot and heavy in the front-end of the mass joinder schemes have resurfaced again according to the State of Connecticut and the Attorney General of Florida. On August 22, 2014 both parties filed an amended complaint against a whole chadre of individuals and companies. They included Berger Law ... Read More »

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