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Student Debt Relief – Review. Are They a Scam?

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Company Name Student Debt Relief Our Impression of What the Company Offers to Consumers Advance fee student loan assistance programs. Address 151 NE 5th Ave #401 Delray Beach, FL, 33483 Comes back as an apartment. – Source Additional Contact Information Phone (866) 921-8053 Web [email protected] Company Description “We offer individuals, seeking to consolidate or lower their monthly student loan ... Read More »

    California AG Sues Over Chase Credit Card Collection Activity


    Attorney General Kamala D. Harris yesterday filed an enforcement action against JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) alleging that the bank engaged in fraudulent and unlawful debt-collection practices against tens of thousands of Californians. The suit alleges that Chase engaged in widespread, illegal robo-signing, among other unlawful practices, to commit debt-collection abuses against approximately 100,000 California credit card borrowers over at ... Read More »

      My Student Loans Are Deferred And I Can’t Pay My Other Debts. – Annie


      “Dear Steve, I owe over $20k in credit cards (Discover and Visa, both of which are maxxed out) and over $40k in student loans (which are currently deferred). I changed my spending habits and budgeting over the last 6 months. Despite all of this, I am still only able to make slightly more than the min payments every month (before ... Read More »

        Denied for a Debt Consolidation Loan. What Now?

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        “Dear Steve, Total credit card debt due to starting an unsuccessful business that was good for about a year and a half then crumbled with the economy. Both lending club and prosper have denied me loans and my credit rating is 720. I am never late paying anything but am drowning in debt. I don’t know where to turn to ... Read More »

          I’m a Diabetic and Medical Debt is Dragging Me Down


          “Dear Steve, I have been diabetic since the age of 5 or 6 and not able to work but get a disablity ckeck I am 34 yrs now. 20 yrs ago I was in hospital and a 20k dollar bill has turned into close to 80k dollars. Please help me what should I do??? I DONT OWN ANYTHING AND LIVE ... Read More »

            My Husband Had a Traumatic Brain Injury and We Are In Debt. – Bobbi


            “Dear Steve, My husband has a traumatic brain injury and currently in therapy. He was on the job and he does get the workman’s comp pay each week. I have been told that when my husband goes back to his job they plan to fire him asap. He will not be able to do the job he had before the ... Read More »

              I’m 25 and Not Making Enough Money to Pay Off My Debt. – Jackie


              “Hi Steve, I am a 25 yr, who has a big load of student debt and i have debt from two credit cards when i was 20. I only make 20,000 a year so there is no way i can pay if off. If i have credit card debt from when I was 20, and never touch it yet, what ... Read More »

                It’s Been So Many Years But First Card Visa Collection Company Contacted Me. – Sally


                “Dear Steve, I was contacted by a collection agency regarding a First Card Visa that was opened in 1991 and closed as a charge off in 2006. They just contacted me yesterday and it’s 2013! Can they still collect from me even though it was a charge off? I am aware that collections is big business and they coming out ... Read More »

                  I Feel Cheated by Debt Validation of America and The Firm. Help! – Bonnie

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                  “Dear Steve, Several years ago I contracted with Debt Validation to negotiate and pay off my debts. Over two years, I gave them $400 per month, totally about $9,000. I have not been able to get info from them for awhile, and now I just found out they went bankrupt, are being picked up by The Firm, who did not ... Read More »

                    Where Can I Really Refinance My Private Student Loans? – Eveline


                    “Dear Steve, Ex husband co-signed on private student loan while married. There is a balance of approx. 11,000 left on the loan amount. My credit is bad, and I have not been able to refinance in my own name, of course Wells Fargo will not do it because it is better to have 2 signers responsible for this than 1. ... Read More »

                      Do You Do Personal Debt Counseling to Help Me Get Out of Debt? – Gayle

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                      “Dear Steve, It is way too long to write about but a couple bad divorces and helping my children through college then losing my own job. Long story short, want to get out of debt. Do you do personal debt counseling or help set up plans to get out of debt? What is the cost? Gayle” Dear Gayle, For many ... Read More »

                        Get Out of Debt Guy Meetup Group. It’s Free! – Info / Join

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                        I’ve started a new free outreach through and have created both a local and virtual support group meeting. There is no charge to participate and no products or services are sold. This is just an opportunity for me to help people in person and online through our virtual meeting. You Are Not Alone No matter what debt situation you ... Read More »

                          Nonprofit Mpowered Appears to Mislead Consumers

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                          A Facebook friend brought Mpowered to my attention and asked me about them. Mpowered was formerly Community Credit Counseling Services and is located in Colorado. The person wanted to know what I thought of their program. Since I have no personal knowledge about the solutions they offer I had to go to their website and rely on what they have ... Read More »

                            The CFPB Civil Action Against Mission Settlement, Levitis, Lupolover, and Others

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                            The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action yesterday in a coordinated effort with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney and took both civil and criminal action against Mission Settlement Agency and others. Named in the civil complaint filed were Mission Settlement Agency, Mission Abstract, Michael Levitis, Law Office of Michael Levitis, Premier Consulting Group, and Law Office of Michael Lupolover. Information ... Read More »

                              Is Green Student and for Real?

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                              “Dear Steve, Can someone check this website out for me before I make a mistake and sink my money into it to get out of debt with my Federal student loan? I called them up and they gave me a spelle saying that if I gave them 1% of my Student loan debt of 60,399.00 that they could erase my ... Read More »

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