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How The Advocacy For Consumer Rights Helps Consumers

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Recently, Leyton Ward and I, who used to be in a tussle with, had a chance to sit down together and meet. He was gracious to share what TAFCR does and why most people don’t understand it. After spending time with Leyton I will admit what he tries to do to help consumers with mortgage problems, sounds unique. Q. So ... Read More »

    What I Learned from Leyton Ward at The Advocacy for Consumer Rights

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    Yesterday Leyton Ward and I finally did what we probably should have done two years ago, and sat down together over a great lunch and just talked. You see for what feels like the last two years Leyton and I had been in, well, basically a pissing contest. I do owe Leyton a big hat tip for flying to Raleigh ... Read More »

      CFPB Pulls DriveTime Over and Slaps Them


      The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today took its first action against a “buy-here, pay-here” car dealer. The dealer, DriveTime, harmed consumers by making harassing debt collection calls and providing inaccurate credit information to credit reporting agencies. DriveTime must pay $8,000,000 as a civil money penalty, end its unfair debt collection tactics, fix its credit reporting practices, and arrange for ... Read More »

        FTC Stops Free Credit Score Bullshit


        The Federal Trade Commission has stopped an online scheme that allegedly lured consumers with “free” access to their credit scores and then billed them a recurring fee of $29.95 per month for a credit monitoring program they never ordered. The three companies have agreed to pay $22 million for consumer refunds under a settlement with the FTC and the state ... Read More »

          HDRP Approval Department Mailer


          An amazing reader, Roger, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This mailer is nearly identical to another one I covered here. The only differences are the name on the outside of the mailers, from HDRP Funding Department to HDRP Approval Department, and the phone number. The postal permit is 507 out of ... Read More »

            Top 10 Reasons You Should Stop Paying Your Unaffordable Private Student Loan

            What I most want you to do when facing bankruptcy is to stop assuming or reacting emotionally and start thinking logically.

            Right now if you have federal student loans there are good options to help lower or eliminate your monthly payment. To see those options, click here. But what about when your private student loan lender won’t work with you. What are your options? Well one of the options is to stop making payments on that unaffordable student loan. If the ... Read More »

              FTC Catches Debt Brokers Exposing Themselves


              At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has ordered two debt sellers that posted the sensitive personal information of more than 70,000 consumers online to notify the consumers and explain how they can protect themselves against identity theft and other fraud in light of the disclosures. In two separate cases, the FTC alleges the debt sellers ... Read More »

                Do American Premier Servicing Clients Have Something to Worry About?


                A few days ago I received an email from a tipster (send in your tips here). The email is alleged to be a copy of communications between Global Client Solutions and some debt relief servicing group called American Premier Servicing. The website for American Premier Servicing says “American Premier Servicing / Everest Debt Solutions / FDN Solutions” There isn’t much ... Read More »

                  BeginToSave Sends Out Advanced Fee Debt Relief Mailer


                  An amazing reader, Rhodesey, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. It certainly looks like this a rehash of the old debt settlement mailers we used to see. The fine print at the bottom says “Begintosave is a national advertising center contracted by both local law firms and non-profit debt resolution companies.” Outside ... Read More »

                    Mortgage Scams Take Minutes to Nab Consumer But Years to Unwind


                    I received an update on a case where a receiver had been appointed to liquidate a scam mortgage relief group and provide restitution to consumers. This goes all the way back to a 2011 action by the California Attorney General against companies selling “Mass Joinder” mortgage elimination. The pitch seemed like an instantly addictive drug to suffering consumers. They were ... Read More »

                      Complete Financial Solutions Mailer Goes to the Dogs


                      An amazing reader sent in one of the more unusual debt relief mailers I’ve ever seen through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Gary Jones from JW Financial Insights has apparently sent out a very odd mailer to people to promote something. The envelope appears to be very generic with a note attached. Inside the envelope the reader received what ... Read More »

                        Is This the Same Tim Daniels That Settled With the FTC?

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                        A reader sent in an email and said a Tim Daniels was running Student Help Network at So the first thought to come to mind was, “Who the hell is Tim Daniels?” Figuring the reader sent me the email I thought it must be about someone I’ve written about before. Otherwise, the email really made no sense, at all. ... Read More »

                          Benjamin Moskel: Why Do People Think You Are a Fat Ass Gambler?


                          Over the years I’ve seen a hell of a lot of strange links to this site. The most bizarre was some porn site that linked to me as the best get out of debt site. Ah, thanks? I don’t know why people link. But some recent links have to be some of the strangest links I’ve seen. Apparently someone is ... Read More »

                            Student Debt Solutions Scares the Hell Out of This Consumer


                            Yesterday I received a call from Matt, a friend, who said he just received a very disturbing call from someone who identified himself as Agent Raymond with the Department of Education. Matt said the call really rattled him and was frightening. Matt said Agent Raymond even gave Matt his badge number. I’ll let Matt tell you what his impression was ... Read More »

                              DA’s Office Wants to Give Money Back to Debt Free Associates Clients

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                              I was contacted by the Monterey County DA’s Office in California who said they had recently settled a case with Debt Free Associates. As part of that settlement Debt Free Associates was to refund consumers but not a lot of people were coming forward to claim the funds owed them. Some felt it was a scam. The DA’s office asked ... Read More »

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