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Mitchell J. Stein Sues California AG Harris

Inactive California attorney Mitchell J. Stein has filed suit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Benjamin Diehl, and James Toma on February 27, 2012 in the Northern District of California. The case says it was filed by James Leickly, Esq but the email address of eric@ewittenberglaw.com seems to be likely associated with Eric Wittenberg, Esq who I wrote about in ... 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 »

      We Have a Lot of Debt From Colon Cancer Treatment. – Valerie

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      I recently used a non profit debt consolidation co. to reduce my credit card debt. Later that month I won a law settlement of $20,000. I thought this would be a good safety net to stay away from credit cards. A month later my husband was diagnosed with 3rd stage colon cancer. He had surgery. He started chemo. We have ... Read More »

        Can I Get My Dubai Debts Forgiven Now That I’m in India and Divorced? – Sheeba

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        Dear Sir, This is Sheeba. I lived in Dubai from April 2007 till November 2008. I have pending loans and credits in Dubai. Briefly, these loans and credits were forced by my husband for his personal use. He promised to clear it saying he wanted to start a business in Dubai. He could not apply himself as he wasn’t eligible ... Read More »

          Republican Presidential Candidates Not Specific on Help for Struggling Homeowners

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          by Lois Beckett ProPublica As we’ve detailed, President Obama’s plans to help homeowners have come up short time and again. We recently looked at Obama’s latest proposals, most of which are unlikely to make a major dent in the crisis. So, how about the Republican presidential candidates: What do they say should be done about the foreclosure crisis? They don’t ... 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 »

              Can I Nominate Steve Rhode for CFPB Consumer Advisory Board?

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              Several people have contacted me and asked if they could nominate me for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau new Consumer Advisory Board. I would be honored to be nominated and most appreciative of your confidence in my ability to help protect consumers as a member of the advisory board. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says: We are looking for Board ... Read More »

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


                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 »

                    Mass Joinder Mitchell Stein at Spire Law Group

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                    A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me in the following interesting document. Mitchell Stein is a person that has been in the spotlight by the California Attorney General and California Bar over alleged participation in mass joinder related issues. You can see all the past stories here. I probably would not have published this client document below but ... Read More »

                      Forgiven Debt from Mortgages May Soon be Taxed Again as Income Unless Congress Acts

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                      by Lois Beckett ProPublica You bought your house when the market was high and then lost your job. In order to avoid foreclosure, you negotiated a short sale for half of what you paid, ruining your credit rating for years and draining your bank account. But there is a tiny silver lining: Thanks to a 2007 law, you don’t have ... Read More »

                        Debt Collectors Suffering Reduced Income as Well as Debt Relief Industry

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                        A reader sent me a link to a story in Forbes that shed some light on the declining profit earned by debt collectors in this time where some assume they are cleaning up with so much past due consumer debt floating about. It’s not true. Profit margins have been slipping in the debt collection industry and layoffs and staff reductions ... Read More »

                          Watch Out for Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Peoples Bank, Marietta, Ohio

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                          Peoples Bank of Marietta, Ohio has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 044202505 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with scams targeting law offices. Counterfeit items closely resemble the bank’s authentic cashier’s checks but may be identified by the following: The checks do not include the bank’s ... Read More »

                            New Scam Claims You Need to Pay the IRS for Money Being Held by OCC, Homeland Security or Department of Justice

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                            Fictitious correspondence, allegedly issued by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) regarding funds purportedly under the control of the OCC and other government entities, is in circulation. Correspondence may be distributed via e-mail, fax, or postal mail. Any document claiming that the OCC is involved in holding any funds for the benefit of any individual or entity ... Read More »

                              Beware of Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks from GreenBank, Capital Bank in Tennessee

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                              This alert has just been issued. Apparently scammers are sending out counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the name of GreenBank (now Capital Bank, N.A.) and using a correct routing number of 064201832 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet scams. Counterfeit items closely resemble the bank’s authentic cashier’s checks but may be identified by the following: ... Read More »

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