An Open Letter to The National Council On Aging “Please Stop”

“Dear Mr. Knickman and the Board of Directors of the NCOA: My Name is Eric Olsen, Executive Director of HELPS, a national 501 (c) nonprofit law firm that assists lower-income and poor seniors. I am writing concerning a topic of grave concern where the NCOA may be providing harmful information to seniors. Your website makes … Read more

Golden State Debt Management Advertisement is Not Awesome

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in an alleged image of an advertisement that appeared on Facebook. The advertisement is purportedly to be from Golden State Debt Management. The ad presents an issue with the recent crackdown by Google on debt relief industry advertising. The new Google policy is apparently designed to only … Read more

Inside Scoop From Creditors on Debt Relief Plans Like Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a very interesting report that paints a very different position on debt settlement than you might hear from say a credit counseling agency. While non-profit credit counseling agencies may talk down for-profit debt settlement companies, creditors seem to be embracing them. According to the CFPB, it appears a … Read more

Choosing a Debt Management Plan? Here are 9 Things You Should Know.

The majority of Americans carry some sort of debt — and many of them struggle with it. According to an analysis from The Urban Institute, 71 million Americans had debt in collections in 2017. If you have so much debt that you feel you’ll never see the end of it, you may need to enroll in … Read more

The CFPB Wants to Hear Your Opinion About Debt Relief and Credit Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has published this request for information regarding the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 (CARD Act or Act). Additionally, they are looking for feedback regarding debt settlement programs as well, the appropriate section of the request says, “How are the practices of for-profit debt settlement companies … Read more

Damian Kutzner Spills the Beans and Shares Advice on His Way to Prison to Help Protect Consumers in Debt

At one time Damian Kutzner was living the debt relief high life. He had participated or even concocted the mass joinder mortgage elimination scheme at the height of the real estate meltdown. A large number of good people believed the sales hype. The end result was a couple of attorneys who are suspended, a couple … Read more

Well That’s Interesting – Debt Collector Offers Credit Repair and Credit Counseling

Here is a recent press release from Riptide Recovery who is branching out from collecting money from consumers to offering credit counseling services. It is an interesting position that they have special expertise because they are debt collectors who engage in litigation and judgments. – Source It might just be a tough hurdle to persuade … Read more

Can Consumers Count on the NFCC to Find the Right Credit Counseling Agency?

Sometimes the strangest stories come out of the simplest questions. In this case it was an inquiry about National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) agencies in Connecticut. From the NFCC credit counseling agency locator page for Connecticut there were 25 agencies listed. So having some time to kill, research ensued. But what was perplexing was … Read more

Your Bank Will Drive You Longer in Debt Than the Return Trip

One of the options you can use to get out of debt is a Debt Management Plan (DMP) from a non-profit credit counseling agency. These groups can organize many of your unsecured debts into one monthly payment that consumers make to the agency. It is then divided up and sent along it’s merry way to … Read more

Newly Blended Trade Association Moves Forward in Debt Relief Industry

It’s always nice to see groups in the debt relief industry come together for the greater good. Effective in the early hours of 2016, two trade groups, mostly representing credit counseling organizations, decided to merge to become something bigger and better. The Association of Credit Counseling Professionals, Inc., known as ACCPros, and the Financial Counseling … Read more

Consumer Credit Counseling Looking for Debt Management Sales Closers

Let me be perfectly clear here, while this article is about a job posting from Trinity Debt Management, I’m not beating up on them. It’s just that their job posting is a good example to help consumers understand the reality of nonprofit debt help. And look, I totally understand the back office issues of needing … Read more

The Death of the Traditional Debt Relief Industry for Now

Recently a couple of statements from people I know inside the debt relief industry have struck me. It seems there is a general lack of understanding why it is getting harder to sell debt relief services. Some blame the Consumer Financial protection Bureau (CFPB) for cracking down and some blame me for writing about the … Read more

New Website Focuses on Andris Pukke of Ameridebt Fame

It seems some property owners of a development in Belize, named Sanctuary Belize, have taken concerns and matters into their own hands and launched a critical website for property owners there. The only reason those of us in the debt world should be interested is because whoever did the research and documentation of concerns, really … Read more

Hummingbird Credit Counseling Sues the United States of America

Hummingbird Credit Counseling and Education has filed suit against Attorney General Eric Holder, Department of Justice, and Executive Office of United States Trustee. This suit asks for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. This case caught my attention because it’s not often you see a credit counseling company suing the USA and it appears this … Read more