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Has Practical Debt Relief Gone Poof? Police Confirm Investigation.

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A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in the following statement: “Practical Debt Relief is gone. Around $250K was embezzled from the client accounts held by Global Client Solutions. The local police department are investigating which is Davie, Florida. Global Client Solution closed the accounts of all clients and sent them refunds and a letter explaining. If you call ... Read More »

    Is Consumer Credit Counseling Becoming Less Relevant?

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    I could not help but notice the number of new financial initiatives that seem to just disregard Consumer Credit Counseling as we know it with groups like the National Foundation for Consumer Credit. Could it be true that out in the wider world the NFCC and its members have just lost their luster? Here is what prompted my question over ... Read More »

      What Should I Do If My Student Loan Relief Company is Not Delivering Results?

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      I recently asked the Association for Student Loan Relief (AFSLR) to submit a guest post that described what consumers should do when a student loan relief company, and even an AFSLR member, didn’t deliver as promised. Imagine my pleasant surprise when they stepped-up and accepted the challenge. A big hat tip goes out to Ward Welke and Robby Birnbaum for ... Read More »

        Student Loans Will Kill Your Dreams of Home Ownership

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        The vast majority of consumers in America make important financial decisions basically by-the-seat-of-their-pants. I know people mean well but it is commonly bad advice and accepted assumptions that cause a bright financial future to be scuppered. Let’s take the issue of student loans for example. Loads of people blindly regurgitate “student loans are good debt” so much so they believe ... Read More »

          Legal Helpers Goes Out With a Whimper and Likely Bankruptcy.

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          The State of North Carolina has finally resolved their action against Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. It marks a depressing end to an attorney loophole case that in the day was the business model of the attorney debt settlement company. It is interesting that when LHDR was fresh out of the box, people were aggressively defending their business plan and attorney ... Read More »

            Care One and Bernie Dancel Say What!

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            As part of my junk mail program a reader sent in a recent copy of a letter they say they received from CareOne that has a very fit picture of founder Bernie Dancel on it. There is only one big problem, the domain name listed on the bottom of the letter, CareOneInfo.com, isn’t actually owned by CareOne anymore and it ... Read More »

              DOD Purposes Lending Rule Change to Protect Military Families From Abusive Interest Rates

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              The Department of Defense is proposing changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA) to extend financial protections for military members and in turn, their families. The MLA limits the amount of interest that a creditor may charge on “consumer credit” to a maximum annual Military Annual Percentage Rate (MAPR) of 36 percent. Not that it’s a fabulous rate. It appears ... Read More »

                Details on Florida Bar Complaint Against Howard Feinmel

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                The Florida Bar has sent me a copy of the complaint they recently filed against Florida attorney Howard Feinmel. I reported yesterday about the case. But today there are more facts available after reading the filed complaint. Right off the bat I found it intriguing the Florida Bar makes the statement, “Respondent has represented various persons and entities, including but ... Read More »

                  The Importance of the Asterisk in Credit Offers Using a MiLEND Example

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                  A reader sent in a mailer about an offer from MiLEND for a new mortgage. MiLEND appears to be all licensed and registered so for once that’s not the issue. The offer appears to be legit and for a new mortgage and cash back “to use any way you like for just an additional $101.18 per month.” But this is ... Read More »

                    Money Management International Accused in Kick-Backs in Class Action Settlement

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                    Now here is something you don’t get to witness often, if at all. Apparently there is a bit of disturbed blood milling about in the credit counseling world right now. In just doing some routine checking on activity I came across a very, very odd letter from the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA) to the U.S. District ... Read More »

                      U.S. Bank Slapped With Massive Fines Over Unfair Billing Practices

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                      The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has just announced a $4 million civil money penalty against U.S. Bank National Association, Cincinnati, Ohio, and ordered restitution of $47.9 million to more than 420,000 consumer accounts. The OCC says the bank unfairly billed customers for identity theft protection products marketed by the bank and sold by its vendor. The restitution ... Read More »

                        Howard Feinmel Sparks Attention of Florida Bar With Mortgage Elimination Arguments

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                        Florida attorney Howard Feinmel seems to hav in hot waeter according to the Palm Beach Post. Kimberly Miller is reporting the Florida Bar has taken action against Feinmel for his participation with the company the Florida Attorney General went after, Fidelity Land Trust. Fidelity Land Trust was closed by the Attorney General after “charging the company, its operators and affiliate ... Read More »

                          CFPB Recognizes Dangers of Student Loan Debt. Works to Forgive More Loans.

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                          After an announcement today there can be no confusion that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau takes the dangers of looming consumer debt seriously. I am encouraged by the focused effort by the CFPB to help more students to have their student loans forgiven after ten years. Director Rich Cordray gave a presentation in which he said, “Student loan debt is ... Read More »

                            FTC Bitch Slaps Debt Collection Operation Over Phantom Debts

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                            Lately I seem to be getting a bunch of reader questions about debt collectors going after old debts. See this and this. Well the Federal Trade Commission has just announced they have halted the abusive debt collection practices of an operation that used fictitious names and threatened consumers into paying debts they may not have owed. I don’t even need ... Read More »

                              Quick, Get Your Shocked Face Ready to Read About Bitcoin Scam

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                              At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri-based company that allegedly deceptively marketed specialized computers designed to produce Bitcoins, a payment system sometimes referred to as “virtual currency.” The FTC’s complaint against the company and its corporate officers alleges that Butterfly Labs charged consumers thousands of dollars for its Bitcoin ... Read More »

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