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Student Aid Bill of Rights to Assist Federal Student Loan Debtors

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In a move that could help make it easier for federal student loan debtors to deal with their loans, President Obama has just announced a new Student Aid Bill of Rights. It appears the government might be making it easier for consumers to discharge federal student loans through bankruptcy. Take a look at Section 3(b) below. In section 2(c) the ... Read More »

    Debt Settlement Industry – Sued in RICO Complaint

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    It what I can only describe as a bombshell of an email, apparently debt relief industry individuals received the email below from Ira Frazer of Consumer Legal Services America, that has explosive implications. The email reads like a conference listing of both sides of the debt settlement industry. I reached out to Ira Frazer yesterday for more information but as ... Read More »

      Reader Raises Concerns About Financial Rescue, LLC and Success Link Processing, LLC by Consumer

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      I received an email from a reader, along with a filed complaint, who expressed some serious concerns about two companies selling debt settlement services; Financial Rescue, LLC and Success Link Processing, LLC. The reader sent in the following statement: “In August of last year, I enrolled in this company from Financial Rescue LLC in Milpitas, CA. They are a local ... Read More »

        CC Brown Players Charged in Mortgage Modification Scheme

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        WASHINGTON, DC – Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Carlie Christensen, United States Attorney for the District of Utah, today announced that a 40-count federal indictment unsealed on March 5, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City charges six individuals with violations of federal law in what the indictment alleges was ... Read More »

          California Man Sentenced to 24 Years in Fed Prison for Foreclosure Rescue Scam

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          Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California, today announced that Alan David Tikal, 46, formerly of Brentwood, Calif., was sentenced on Thursday by United States District Judge Troy L. Nunley to 24 years in federal prison for his convictions on 11 counts ... Read More »

            Debt Relief Master Class to be Held in San Diego

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            MSTARS, the debt relief training company has announced a debt relief class for those in the debt relief industry. The class will be held in San Diego, California on April 6-7, 2015. Classes are designed for many different job roles in the debt relief company. These include owners, senior staff, sales managers, customer care staff, sales staff, and consultants. For ... Read More »

              I Don’t Give a Damn About My Credit, Said Almost No Car Buyer

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              The credit report folks, Experian have released data which surprised even me. There are whole camps of people out there, typically Dave Ramsey fans, who say they don’t need credit and don’t plan to ever use credit again. But according to Experian, 84% of people who purchase new vehicles actually do use credit. Credit avoiders can talk a big game ... Read More »

                U.S. Dept of Education Says Some of Their Debt Collectors Just Suck

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                Following a review of 22 private collection agencies, the U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will wind down contracts with five private collection agencies that were providing inaccurate information to borrowers. The five companies are: Coast Professional, Enterprise Recovery Systems, National Recoveries, Pioneer Credit Recovery, and West Asset Management. The Department also announced that it will provide enhanced ... Read More »

                  Is Your Better Credit Score Just Waiting For You?

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                  A recent TransUnion study found that more than 23 million U.S. consumers would be classified as Super Prime, the highest-rated consumer credit risk group, when evaluated by TransUnion’s CreditVision® risk score. Compared to the use of a traditional risk score, the use of CreditVision would increase the percentage of consumers in the Super Prime risk category from 12% to 21%. ... Read More »

                    British Columbia Pulls Rug Out From Under Advanced Fee Debt Settlement in Canada

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                    Enhanced protections for B.C. families, particularly those in financial distress, are at the heart of legislative changes introduced today by the B.C. government. The Province is taking action to regulate the debt settlement industry with amendments to the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act (BPCPA). If passed, these amendments will prohibit debt settlement companies from charging fees until both the ... Read More »

                      My Degree Isn’t Worth the Tuition I Paid With Massive Student Loans

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                      “Dear Steve, I’m not really sure that there is a solution to my issue but you seem to know about student loans so thought I would run it by you. Back in 2007 I wanted to go to school to get into the graphic and web design industry. At the time I was working full time so was exploring online ... Read More »

                        What Can I Do if I’m Delinquent on My Federal and Private Student Loans?

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                        Q: What are my debt relief options if I am delinquent on both my federal student loans and my private student loans? A: Falling behind on your student loan payments is a problem far too common. I speak with people on a frequent basis facing delinquency in payment of their student loans. One of the problems I hear most often ... Read More »

                          How Can We Really Get Out of Debt?

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                          Question: What is the Secret to Getting Out of Debt? Dear Steve, My husband and I have been limping along just breaking even for sometime now just trying to dig ourselves out of debt and save money. We’ve cut everything back to the minimum and have to constantly tell our kids to do without. I can’t even afford for them ... Read More »

                            Dealing With the Debt Collector Advice

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                            MINNEAPOLIS, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Have you ever been contacted by a debt collector? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to the Federal Reserve, the total amount of consumer debt in the United States now exceeds $13.4 trillion. Based on a recent study by Ernst & Young, third-party debt collectors recovered $55 billion in 2013 ... Read More »

                              The Very Odd BBB Statement About Student Loan Service Managers – SLS Managers

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                              A reader just posted a complaint about SLS Managers and in looking up the company address I came across the oddest comment by the BBB about this company. SLS Managers says they are located at 23172 Plaza Pointe #128, Laguna Hills, CA. – Source But the BBB says, “BBB received returned mail from “23172 Plaza Pointe Dr #138 Laguna Hills, ... Read More »

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