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Illinois Attorney General Sues Two Debt Settlement Firms

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Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Acting Secretary of the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) Michael T. McRaith warned consumers facing significant credit card debt about the risks of debt settlement offers as she announced two lawsuits filed against debt settlement firms. Attorney General Madigan s lawsuits allege that these companies engage in deceptive marketing practices, charge excessive ... Read More »

    West Virginia Attorney General Sues Non-Profit Credit Counseling for Really Being All About Profit

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    Attorney General McGraw Sues James R. Armstrong, Jr. and His Web of Florida Shell Companies Over Fraudulent Credit Counseling Scheme Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed a suit today alleging that James R. Armstrong, Jr. of Coral Springs, Florida, masterminded a web of for-profit companies to enrich himself under the guise of providing debt management services with Family Credit Counseling Corporation, ... Read More »

      Able Debt Settlement Spanked by West Virginia Attorney General

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      Able Debt Settlement, Inc., of Irving, Texas, was stopped from doing any business in West Virginia by the Circuit Court of Kanawha County as of May 14, 2009. Attorney General Darrell McGraw sued Able Debt Settlement last month, seeking injunctive relief and restitution for consumers who paid for debt settlement services they never received. Able, formerly of Dallas, Texas, claims ... Read More »

        Some End of Week Saturday Morning Thoughts: Technology, Friends, and You

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        I’ve never done this before, just sit down and write about the week. But what the hell, it is my blog so I’m going to exercise my executive privilege and do it. Comments I always like to start with bad news first so let me start with my biggest disappointment for the week, comments. I will admit that I am ... Read More »

          Credit Card Reform News as Only Stephen Colbert Can Give It

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          The Colbert Report Credit Check Gay Marriage Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Need More Help? Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, Facebook Read More »

            The Collection Manager Yelled at Me. I’m in the United Arab Emirates. – Cery

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            Cery “Dear Steve, I missed one payment for my first gulf bank credit card in the UAE so i wrote them an email to inform them of my current situation and to find a way to settle the matter with them, i paid 1,000aed against the minimum amount of 9,000aed. However i was shouted at by the collection manager and ... Read More »

              My Photo of the Day – The Old Bright Lady of San Juan

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              One of my greatest joys, is my photography. It is something that I love to do. It is an extremely personal part of me that I thought I’d share with you. Even if you are facing difficult financial times, find something you love to do as well. Read my previous post “Don’t Let Your Debt Consume Your Life. Take Advantage ... Read More »

                My Photo of the Day – The San Juan Convergence

                One of my greatest joys, is my photography. It is something that I love to do. It is an extremely personal part of me that I thought I’d share with you. Even if you are facing difficult financial times, find something you love to do as well. Read my previous post “Don’t Let Your Debt Consume Your Life. Take Advantage ... Read More »

                  I’m Thinking of Using Debt Settlement to Clear Our American Express Debt. – Lynn

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                  “Dear Steve, A move from California to Texas (and a pay cut… though cost of living decreased, credit card bills/car loans did not!) is putting us in financial strain. We just had our second child and I am still paying on the medical bills 3 months later. We’re not yet *behind* on anything, but one of our bills is really ... Read More »

                    I’m About to Have a Nervous Breakdown Because of My Debt. –

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                    “Dear Steve, 60k in IRS debt and 20k in credit card debt, already living paycheck to paycheck supporting kids and adopted grandkids What can I do, IRS has placed a federal tax lien so i can’t get a loan and credit card company is calling my work and home 20 times a day and applying 20% interest but is unwilling ... Read More »

                      I’m Thinking of Bailing Out My 30 Year Old Son and Payoff His Debts. – Irma

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                      Irma “Dear Steve, Mother of only son with serious debt. My son is 30 years old and has $10,000 in debt. All of his bills are late accruing late charges etc. 7 months ago he lost his job. He earned $50,000 / year. He is single. He bought a house and recently worked out a deal with Countrywide and lowered ... Read More »

                        I’m Saving $20,000 in Electricity Because I Don’t Want to Work to Pay the Bill

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                        This morning I had to wake early to greet the electrician. He was kind enough to come over to help me install my latest gadget, the TED, the electricity detective. It was advertised as a DIY kit, and for some homes I’m sure it is a breeze to install. But for some unexplained reason, my house does not have a ... Read More »

                          Are Thre Any Stimulus Packages or Grants That Can Help Me Get Rid of My Debt? – Julie

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                          Julie “Dear Steve, I’m 18 and went through a lot trying to make it possible for me to go to college I couldn’t save up the money to go so I got credit cards to pay for it because I didn’t even think about getting a loan now I’m in $9,000 worth of debt and am paying all my money ... Read More »

                            My Husband Just Got Laid Off. How Can We Fix Our Debt Problem Without Ruining Our Credit? – Amanda

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                            “Dear Steve, My husband and I have recently bought our first home and made some other big purchases using credit and have gotten ourselves into debt and then to top it off, he was just laid off, so we are down to just my income and much more than that in monthly payments. How can I fix this without completely ... Read More »

                              I’m Thinking About Canceling My Chapter 13 Bankruptcy. – Sandi

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                              Sandi “Dear Steve, I was forced to start bankruptsy 13 procedure to save my house I purchased in Colo in June 06. I got behind on payments due to a guardianship issue with my mother. I no longer have that issue & feel that I can work with my mortgage co and my debtors without filing bankruptsy. My bankrupsty attorney ... Read More »

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