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Is Afni Collections Really a Scam?

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Question: Dear Steve, Do you know anything about Afni Collections? I recently looked into their legitimacy and was extremely confused. There are many websites that allege Afni is a scam. I was contacted by Afni recently. I checked out their website, which shows they are located in California, but many of the websites claiming Afni is a scam state that ... Read More »

    Debt Relief Advocates Sued in Ohio Over Claiming Debt Owed, But Not

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    I was alerted to a lawsuit that was filed yesterday against Debt Relief Advocates, out of Plano, Texas. The suit claims the consumer was approached with an offer to settle their debt and wants to turn this action into a class action lawsuit against Debt Relief Advocates. But what makes this suit interesting and newsworthy is the allegation made by ... Read More »

      Navient is Being Rude and Nasty But I Can’t Pay

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      Question: Dear Steve, I attended UMFK, took every private and federal loan offered to me for my tuition because I was young and dumb. I graduated with a measly associates in general studies, and work full time as an insurance agent making a take home of about $17,000 ($10,000 of that goes to childcare). Granted I do pay my family’s ... Read More »

        I Went to a Scam School and Now I Have Private Student Loan Problems

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        Question: Dear Steve, I got suckered into a month long school that promised a job as a finance manager at a dealership upon graduation. They had all kinds of people working there with a background in dealership management, so I never thought to ask an F&I manager. Once I graduated, I walked into a dealership to apply, and they laughed ... Read More »

          E Entertainment Television And Miranda Lambert Get Scammed to Sell Garcina Cambogia Slim

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          The following fake E Entertainment Television page caught my eye as it crossed my browser. The average person is going to be fooled by this scam advertisement. You see, it’s a fake E News site. The site this add appears on is eOnline-Celebrit.com. Sounds legit but the site was registered on May 5, 2015 and the ownership of the domain ... Read More »

            How Can I Stop My Perkins Loan Wage Garnishment?

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            Question: Dear Steve, 3 years ago, I received a letter from my employer stating that there was a judgment against me for a perkins student loan that I signed off on after I graduated, agreeing to pay a debtor (not knowing the damages that this would cause in the future). I should have never signed the contract because I didn’t ... Read More »

              Should I Raid My IRA to Pay the IRS?

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              Question: Dear Steve, I have recently received letters from the IRS about taxes owed from previous filings (2012, 13, 14). I don’t have the financial resources to pay them outright. I am considering using Roth IRA funds to settle the debts. The IRA was initiated over 5 years ago. One of the exceptions to the early distribution penalty is an ... Read More »

                CFLA Agent Apparently Goes Rogue

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                It appears an agent of Certified Forensic Loan Auditors went rogue and tied the name of the company to some unfortunate activity. According to the State of Connecticut, a James Graham, CFLA Agent, was selling debt relief services in the State and managed to run into trouble with the Department of Banking. The State of Connecticut says, “WHEREAS, James D. ... Read More »

                  Account Control Technology Didn’t Lower My Parent Plus Loan Balance

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                  Question: Dear Steve, Took out a Parents Plus Loan for my oldest child’s college. Right about the time payments were due had to defer them due to economy. Unable to find secure employment. Had to go on state assistance (embarrassed) have 3 minor children at home. ACT (account control technology) offered me another way. Sounded good to me being very ... Read More »

                    Home Tech Group Gets Unwanted Attention in CT & WA

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                    The State of Connecticut Department of Banking just published information on Home Tech Group, LLC out of South Dakota, Arizona, and California and they claim the company was operating in Commecticut without a license. MATTERS ASSERTED 1. At all times relevant hereto, Respondent was a South Dakota limited liability company with offices at 3213 W. Main Street #239, Rapid City, ... Read More »

                      How Can I stop Making Payments on My Heald College Private Student Loans?

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                      Question: Dear Steve, My student private loan was through chase now its through AES (American Education Services). The school is Heald College graduated in the year 2007. AAS degree in Medical Administration Assistant. When I first applied to the school I was promised to graduate with experience and job placement assistance. Before graduating I asked about an Internship for the ... Read More »

                        What Direction Should I Take to Deal With My Student Loans?

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                        Question: Dear Steve, I recently graduated from veterinary school in 2011. Since then I have been trying to pay back my student loans. I was advised to consolidate my loans in 2012 because if I did this I would only have to pay for 25 years and then whatever debt was left would be forgiven. When advised what the standard ... Read More »

                          Great Lakes Higher Education Authority Says They Can’t Sue Me

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                          Question: Dear Steve, In 2001, I took out a private student loan from Great Lakes Higher Education Authority to pay for massage school. After finishing school I took a deferment while seeking work. The payments eventually kicked in and were prohibitively high in combination with high credit card debt and federal student loans. In 2007 I applied for bankruptcy in ... Read More »

                            How Can I Stop Being a Cosigner on My Ex-Wife’s Student Loans?

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                            Question: Dear Steve, I cosigned on two private student loans for my ex-wife when I was 23. Oops. It was during the time when a lot of private loan companies were very predatory. Each loan was for about $40,000 (Total $80,000). My ex and I agreed via a bi-lateral agreement that she would take all responsibility for these loans and ... Read More »

                              Was My Sallie Mae Student Loan Eliminated in My Bankruptcy?

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                              Question: Dear Steve, Hope you can give me the answer that I want. : ) I filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and the final discharge date was February 1, 2012. Included in the creditors’ payment was Claimant: Sallie Mae and the payment they received $2,566.88. Does this mean that my student loan was included in the bankruptcy? Does this mean ... Read More »

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