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Want to See How Easy It is to Target Debtors For Ads and Build a “Sucker” List?

Debt Leads

A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a link for a website that is selling all sorts of data on debtors so debt relief companies can target them with ads of uncertain character. Look at all the ways a debtor can be targeted: Autodialer Leads Internet Leads Credit Bureau Information Daily or Weekly Internet Leads Exclusive Real-Time Internet ... Read More »

    Debt Settlement Marketers Still Selling Debt Leads

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    Interesting little email from a tipster (send in your tips here). It comes from a debt settlement lead seller. Apparently this lead seller is not too worried about complying with the new FTC telemarketing sales rules and making sure their customers are compliant. They say, “Through a number of conversations I’ve had with both debt companies and attorneys, it looks ... Read More »

      What Do You Know About Real Solutions Consumer Counsel? – D

      Real Solutions Consumer Counsel

      “Dear Steve, I am looking for a real solution- and this shows up in the mail. D” Click image for larger view. Dear D, Before this I had not heard of Real Solutions Consumer Counsel. Let me review the letter you sent in with your email. It appears that the data used to generate the letter may have come from ... Read More »

        Attorney Assisted Debt Resolution Program Said to Be Different Than Debt Settlement. How Can That Be?

        In the video below put out by Morgan Drexen today and distributed with their press release (source), Walter Ledda, CEO says attorney assisted debt resolution is an alternative to debt settlement. Is it somehow magically different? [flashvideo file=/wp-content/uploads/MorganDrexen.flv /] At 0:37 and you will hear Ledda make comments to advise consumers to avoid bankruptcy. “Bankruptcy is the last resort for ... Read More »

          Misleading Debt Relief Marketing Still Exists. What Do You Think of This?


          This morning I was online and I saw an ad that looked like it was offering some sort of government backed or sanctioned debt relief solution. The ad lead to another page, and another, and another. Here is what I saw. Do you think this type of advertising, that appears to be one thing, like news or government supported is ... Read More »

            Norton & Associates, New Debt Settlement Law Firm, Pitched as a Legal Alternative to the Advance Fee Ban

            Norton & Associates

            An interesting email went out yesterday introducing yet another entrant into the arena, a law firm, to sell debt relief services for/with. The subject line of the email read “A Legal Alternative to the Advance Fee Ban.” When I inquired with the law firm representative for clarification and additional information for this story I was advised to “cease and desist” ... Read More »

              Mailer From Lender Results in Referral to Debt Settlement Company Legal Helpers Debt Resolution

              Thanks to an awesome tip, I received a mailer that is being sent out. This one was received by a Pennsylvania resident. The mailer was sent out using a West Palm Beach, Florida mailing permit but it appears to come from a company called NFM, Inc. NFM was identified as NFM Lending. Apparently their name used to be National Fidelity ... Read More »

                Representative for Debt Settlement Law Firm Tells Me New FTC Rules Don’t Apply to Them

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                I was working on another story but I had to share this little nugget with you. Apparently the debt settlement law firm sales representative believes the new FTC Telemarketing Sales Rules apply to debt settlement companies but says they don’t apply to law firms. It was an interesting approach that the representative was telling me if I went with a ... Read More »

                  Listen to the Lies This Marketing Company Tells Consumers to Sell Attorney Based Debt Settlement Services

                  I’ve previously written about the attorney model debt settlement firm approach that some debt settlement companies are rushing towards in an effort to circumvent any fee ban that may be put in place. The logic is that attorneys are exempt from most laws so if an attorney is doing debt settlement then it must be okay to do. The reality ... Read More »

                    “Consumers Assume the Commercial They Are Calling Into is Your Company”

                    Just when you thought marketing debt relief services could not be more misleading, I read the press release of Spotlight Media and went to the site they mentioned, – Source The press release brags about selling debt settlement, auto loan modification, and mortgage modification leads. But what caught my eye was the release says “If you are a reputable ... Read More »

                      Consumer Credit Counseling Service Disturbed With GHS Solutions Marketing of Debt Settlement

                      From the news story: Jennifer Wallis works at Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma, and she’s always on the lookout for consumer scams. “That’s the problem I have, is tricking people into a program that’s going to damage their credit,” Wallis said. That’s exactly what Jennifer said a letter her client received is trying to do. It claims that ... Read More »

                        Roni Deutch Tax Centers Now Selling Debt Settlement Services

                        According to a recent statement from the Roni Deutch Tax Center, one of the Franchise Times top fastest growing franchise companies, they are now into selling debt settlement services. The press release says: In addition to their exceptional tax preparation services, Roni Deutch Tax Center locations have attracted entrepreneurs because they boast a number of additional year-round services including debt ... Read More »

                          Debt Settlement and Loan Modification Mailers and Then Halo Mac and American Debt Relief

                          Thanks to a tipster (send in your tips here) I wanted to show you some examples of debt settlement mailers that in my opinion appear designed to confuse of make recipients believe they come from some official or government resource. These mailers came from Budget Mailing Services at – Source I’ll post examples of the mailers they have available, ... Read More »

                            Websites Get FTC Warning on Marketing Free Credit Reports

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                            FTC Warns Websites That Offer ‘Free’ Credit Reports: Disclose Federally Mandated Free Reports or Face Prosecution The Federal Trade Commission is warning 18 Internet websites offering free credit reports that they must clearly disclose that a free report is available under federal law. The FTC’s recently amended Free Credit Reports Rule, which took effect April 2, 2010, requires certain disclosures ... Read More »

                              FTC Catches Bad Press For Doing Job Over Nestlé Milk

                              The Christian Science Monitor posted an article, “Does the FTC really protect consumers?” straight from Mises Economics Blog. The article claimed that the FTC was putting protecting consumers from fraud on the back burner and appeared to be more concerned with “expanding the federal government’s monopoly over food-and-drug-related speech”. This bold statement was made over Nestlé’s own Boost brand of ... Read More »

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