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Paul Gellenbeck and Fidelity Land Trust Facing Criminal Contempt


A tipster (send in your tips here) shared a court document with me showing the State of Florida being none to happy about the continued marketing efforts of Paul Gellenbeck and Fidelity Land Trust after a September 25, 2012 temporary injunction and asset freeze filed by the Office of the Attorney General in Florida. See this article. It appears just ... Read More »

    Debt Relief Legal Front Victimized Thousands Says FTC

    This appears to be a variation of a mailer many have received.

    The Federal Trade Commission just released the seal on actions it took to shut down a debt relief company that has appeared on this site before. – Source In an announcement made today, the FTC filed a complaint under seal against A to Z Marketing, Apex Members, Apex Solutions, Backend, Expert Processing Center, Smart Funding, William D. Goodrich Attorney, WDG ... Read More »

      Homeowner’s Relief Line Commercial – Caution


      Yesterday I spotted a new debt relief commercial on television for some company that claimed to be Homeowner’s Relief Line. The commercial made all sorts of claims about saving your home from foreclosure, helping with loan modification and giving the impression the consumer is the victim. In general and in my experience, these types of commercials are funnels for people ... Read More »

        Taxes May Be Due on Mortgage Settlement Checks. Slap!


        Double Whammy: Mortgage Settlement Payments Will Be Taxed (via If you are one of the more than 1.8 million people who have received a check from the Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) settlement — or if you have one coming — don’t spend it all in one place. These payments are considered taxable income for state and federal income tax ... Read More »

          Are No-Cost Mortgages Always the Best Deal?


          Are No-Cost Mortgages Always the Best Deal? (via A program made popular in the height of the subprime lending environment was the no-cost mortgage. No-cost mortgages have gotten quite a bit of exposure lately, as consumers seek to better understand loan terms, interest rates and how to qualify for mortgages in an ever-tightening credit market. And…   Read More »

            Foreclosure Rescue Scammers Plead Guilty to Fraud

            White Collar Criminal

            The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) today announced that Mark S. Farhood, 49, formerly of San Diego, Calif., and Jason S. Sant, 37, of Lecanto, Fla., pleaded guilty on Friday to conspiracy charges in connection with their operation of a nationwide online foreclosure rescue scam that went by various names, including Home ... Read More »

              Mortgage Relief Checks On the Way and Being Cashed


              Nearly 50,000 checks totaling nearly $50 million relating to the Independent Foreclosure Review Payments have been cashed or deposited as of close of business on Monday (April 15), according to officials at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Borrowers with questions regarding payments should contact the Paying Agent—Rust Consulting, Inc. at 1-888-952-9105, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – ... Read More »

                Fidelity Land Trust Sued to Give Title Back to Homeowner


                Kimberly Miller with the Palm Beach Post is reporting at least one homeowner is suing Fidelity Land Trust. “Kenneth and Joycelin Morgan filed a lawsuit last week against Fidelity Land Trust Co. and affiliated firms, saying they thought they were signing up for help reducing their mortgage amount but instead were deceived into a contract that cost them $5,000 upfront, ... Read More »

                  How Not to Get Scammed by a Mortgage Loan Modification Company


                  It’s easy to make you a victim and rip you off with a loan modification. People are willing to believe the wild claims companies make about being able to cut your loan balance or slice your interest rate. It sounds so good when the salespeople are pitching you. If you received a postcard or letter in the mail claiming you ... Read More »

                    New Documents Show Florida Land Trust, Whitestone Capital Trust, and Private Capital Trust Activities Continue

                    Mature woman confused

                    A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a number of documents which show companies in Florida are continuing to market land trusts. This is particularly interesting since Fidelity Land Trust was sued and given a Temporary Restraining Order in September, 2012 to cease all business. I’m going to post the documents I received below and we shall see ... Read More »

                      Mass Joinder & Forensic Loan Audit Marketers Surrender Assets to FTC


                      A number of different companies we’ve written about before have finally met the end of the line in their efforts to sell consumers mass joinder lawsuits against mortgage companies and expensive forensic loan audits. The defendants behind an alleged mortgage relief scam have agreed to settle FTC charges that they deceived cash-strapped consumers into believing they could hold onto their ... Read More »

                        Real Estate Law Center & Chad Pratt Still Sending Mass Joinder Offers

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                        A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of a mass joinder mailer they just recently received. The mailer looks familiar to the Form 1012-R and Form H-118 advertising mailers that were sent over the past few years in an effort to sell consumers mortgage relief services. As you can see below, the form looks official and ... Read More »

                          California AG Arrests Three, Including Public Notary, in Mortgage Elimination Scam

                          California AG Seal

                          Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have been intercepted and redirected to a resource page on the California Attorney General’s website. The felony complaint alleges that Ronald Vernon Cupp, ... Read More »

                            CFPB Rolls Our New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers

                            home foreclosure legal document with house key

                            The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just announced new rules that are aimed at mortgage servicing companies from lessons learned during this most recent mortgage meltdown crisis we are living through. While smaller banks and credit unions are exempt from these rules, the big loan servicing companies, those that service 5,000 or more loans, will have to fall in line. ... Read More »

                              Smart Credit Group – Dumbest Promises I’ve Seen Recently

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                              As part of my efforts to protect consumers, I poke around and look at advertisements and sales claims by debt relief companies. The help wanted ads are a great way to see who is motivated first by money rathe than offering exceptional consumer advice. Take for example the two advertisements today for a group called Smart Credit Group. The ads ... Read More »

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