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Hero Reader Sends in More Evidence of B.S. 2010 U.S. Stimulus Plan

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A reader and tipster (send in your tips here) just sent me this ridiculous example of a deceptive debt relief mailer. I’ve previously published examples of the 2010 U.S. Stimulus Plan mailer that has been sent out but what makes this so ridiculous is that the same consumer gets the same mailer about a week apart, both proclaiming this is ... Read More »

    Herschel Bentley’s Debt Elimination Advisory Promotional Video Says What!

    A reader forwarded me a link to a video that promoted a service called “Herschel Bentley’s Debt Elimination Advisory” that promotes debt settlement. I get it, it’s a marketing approach to sell the $497 product. – Source I am uncertain who the guy in the video is. The video makes some interesting odd claims about debt settlement. “Only really one ... Read More »

      Debt Solutions Research Group Makes Me Mad as Hell, Even After Sleeping On It

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      Yesterday a consumer posted a complaint about Debt Solutions Research Group – Royal Pacific Financial. You can see it here. I’ve seen enough complaints and shenanigans that not much stuff makes me downright boiling mad, but the way this consumer was treated sure did. And if you are in the debt relief industry, it should make you mad as hell ... Read More »

        Fake 2010 U.S. Stimulus Plan Mailers STILL Being Sent

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        Now I’m just in disbelief that bogus debt relief mailers like this are still being sent out. There is nothing compliant about this mailer. It makes unsupported claims, fails to identify the company, and in my opinion, should be avoided at all costs. I’ve covered similar mailers like this before, which you can see in the related links below. This ... Read More »

          Golden Financial Services Misplaces BBB A+ Rating

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          Yesterday I wrote Golden Financial Services Says the Darndest Things About Being a Law Firm. The article came to the attention of the BBB who apparently decided they were going to take some sort of action. According to the new BBB page for them, “! BBB Business Review on Golden Financial Services Debt Settlement Corp. is being updated by BBB ... Read More »

            Christian Sounding Debt Advice Groups Sued by Consumer – Good Shepherd Debt Relief and Trinity Financial Mission

            A recent suit against Good Shepherd Debt Relief, Trinity Financial Mission, and Allen Morrow was brought to my attention by a reader. I’ve written about both Good Shepherd Debt Relief and Trinity Financial Mission in the past. The suit by Dallas Yoder in Ohio claims Good Shepherd Debt Relief, Trinity Financial Mission, and Allen Morrow were offering debt settlement and ... Read More »

              Citizens’ Debt Settlement Fund Pays to Settle Debts of Citizens in UAE

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              President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates has just announced a national $2,722,600,000 fund for low-income debtors to use to settle their debts with a number of UAE and Dubai lenders. This fund will allow people to be able to settle their debts rather than face prosecution and jail time as they have ... Read More »

                Attorney Model Debt Settlement Employee Speaks Out On How It Really Works

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                My name is [redacted], and I worked for a debt settlement company in California known as [redacted] in 2010 and 2011. I was hired as a sales consultant, but was later moved into the negotiations department after most of our sales force was laid off as a resulting slowdown in our business due to the after effects of new government ... Read More »

                  North Carolina Calls Consumer Law Group Bogus in Settlement Announcement

                  It appears an issue with North Carolina and Consumer Law Group finally came to an end. You can read past stories about Consumer Law Group here. What was most interesting about the Consumer Law Group action North Carolina took was the definition of what true attorney representation was in a debt settlement program. Not only did North Carolina not buy ... Read More »

                    Scathing Report From Allegro Law Debt Settlement Bankruptcy Drags In Others

                    Allegro Law was an attorney model debt settlement company that charged advanced fees for services to consumers. The group previously fell and Keith Nelms, Esq. was subsequently disbarred and filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, taking client deposits with it. The Allegro Law debacle follows in line with the mess created previously by Hess Kennedy, another attorney model debt relief firm ... Read More »

                      Public Citizen Steps In to Oppose Persels & Associates and CareOne Class Settlement Offer to Consumers

                      The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen has stepped into a proposed class action suit involving a case against Persels & Associates and CareOne. The issues seems to be that the proposed class action settlement does not benefit consumers. A class of more than 120,000 people alleges that the law firm and an affiliated credit counseling company offered to help consumers ... Read More »

                        Which is Cheaper: Credit Counseling, Debt Settlement, or Bankruptcy?

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                        How can you determine what debt relief option is the right fit for a given set of cash flow limitations. The 3 options that people typically seek outside assistance with are Debt Management Plans (DMP), Debt Settlement Programs, and Bankruptcy. There are benefits and drawbacks to each option. Companies and people selling you a specific brand of debt help can ... Read More »

                          DIY Debt Settlement – How to Handle Lawsuits

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                          If you or someone you know is going through a difficult debt situation and want to do something about it there are many options available to consider but it’s no secret that debts can be settled directly with creditors and with the overwhelming amount of information online, consumers are educating themselves on how to negotiate settlements on their credit cards. ... Read More »

                            Reader Sends in More on Deceptive U.S. Federal Stimulus Package Mailer

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                            I’ve previously written about a mailer going out that is making bold claims about debt reduction under the 2010 U.S. Federal Stimulus Package. You can see those posts here and here. This time a reader sent in the back and the front of the mailer. And if you thought the back of the mailer was deceptive and intended to fool ... Read More »

                              Federal Stimulus Program Mailer. Yea, Avoid This One.

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                              A reader just sent in a mailer they got recently. It looks like the mailers that were going out over a year ago and claiming special debt settlement benefits. This mailer claims to offer debt reduction benefits under the 2010 Federal Stimulus Program and then refers to it as the FSPL. Where the L came from, I don’t know. The ... Read More »

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