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Weak Laws Offer Debtors Little Protection

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by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 16, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Like any American family living paycheck to paycheck, Conrad Goetzinger and Cassandra Rose hope that if they make the right choices, their $13-an-hour jobs will keep the lights on, put food in the fridge and gas in the car. But every ... Read More »

    Wages of Millions Seized to Pay Past Debts

    Moving Up

    by Paul Kiel, ProPublica, and Chris Arnold, NPR, Sep. 15, 2014, 5 a.m. This story was co-published with NPR. Back in 2009, Kevin Evans was one of millions of Americans blindsided by the recession. His 25-year career selling office furniture collapsed. He shed the nice home he could no longer afford, but not a $7,000 credit card debt. After years ... Read More »

      Anyone Know for Sure About World Law and Global Client Solutions?

      Adult Ed - Questions

      I received the following message from a reader and it brought up an interesting issue. “My understanding is as follows; Global Client Solutions recently entered into a settlement agreement with the CFPB. Among other things, under that agreement, GCS is barred from providing “substantial assistance” to any debt relief services provider. Thus, World Law Group and GCS terminated their relationship ... Read More »

        Internet Mortgage Lead Generator Pays Steep Penalty to FTC

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        The Federal Trade Commission has taken harsh action against a lead generator for the mortgage industry. According to FTC, Defendant Falsely Claimed Mortgage Refinancing Was “Free,” Carried No Hidden Fees, and Would Save Consumers $2,000 a Year An Internet-based operation that finds potential borrowers for mortgage refinancing lenders will pay a $500,000 civil penalty to settle Federal Trade Commission charges ... Read More »

          Scam Fax Promises Gullible Employees Vacation Package

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          I just got this fax from my alleged H.R. Department, who is me. But you just know someone, somewhere is going to fall for this crap. This is clearly landing on the fax machines around the country and it appears to just be a pitch for some travel voucher and not an actual trip. You know you’ve got to worry ... Read More »

            Debt Cures Pitchman Behind Bars Serving 10 Year Sentence

            Kevin Trudeau

            Kevin Trudeau, the proverbial infomercial pitchman who has hawked and sold all sorts of miracle cure books is in the early days of serving his 10 year sentence by a federal judge. His current address is in a federal prison camp in Montgomery, Alabama. In the debt world Trudeau is best known for his 2008 book “Debt Cures “They” Don’t ... Read More »

              Take Charge America Deserves Pat on the Back

              Clapping Business People

              While this appears to be a press release sent out by Take Charge America it still deserves a pat on the back for the nonprofit credit counseling group taking action to defend against bad behavior by debt collectors. While it is not clear they took specific action against a specific debt collector, at least they are speaking up about consumer ... Read More »

                Ballsy FTC Scam Shut Down by FTC

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                In the world of scams, schemes, trips, and traps, this recent one certainly had the direct attention of the FTC. An entity was spoofing the FTC toll-free telephone number in caller ID and contacting consumers to get information from consumers. The ruse was the consumer was due a refund from some scam and the caller said they needed the personal ... Read More »

                  HDRP Funding – National Hardship and Debt Relief Program

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                  An amazing reader Denise sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. She received a mailer from HDRP Funding Department for something called the National Hardship and Debt Relief Program which they abbreviate as HDRP. It was sent from postal permit 507 in Santa Ana, California. The back of the check contains handwriting, presumed ... Read More »

                    CFPB to Credit Card Companies – A Big Finger Wag on Offers

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                    Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) warned credit card companies against deceptively marketing interest-rate promotions. The Bureau is concerned that some companies are luring in consumers with offers of reduced or zero interest for a specific purchase or balances transferred from another credit card, and then hitting them with surprise interest charges. In the bulletin released today, the Bureau ... Read More »

                      U.S. Department of Education Practically Prison Raped Over Student Loan Collections

                      NCLC Report

                      To say the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) just took issue with the relationship between the U.S. Department of Education and private debt collectors would be like saying a pedophile Santa at the Mall was no problem. While I believe the U.S. Department of Education wants student debtors to be treated fairly and have access to all of the available ... Read More »

                        Four Magic Words to Get Out of a Debt Collector Lawsuit

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                        What I’m about to offer you can be used for good as well as evil so please use this information responsibly. Additionally, I always urge all of my readers to consult with an attorney licensed in their state for legal advice. I am not a lawyer. But over the decades I’ve been helping people with problem debt there is one ... Read More »

                          Are Debt Collection Companies Hated Too Much?

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                          There is no shortage of reasons to be upset at debt collectors. Some are just assholes. But the problem is not all are. Some debt collectors actually want to help people to find ways to repay their debt. They want to play by the rules and follow the regulations. The bad debt collectors just give the entire industry a bad ... Read More »

                            Debt Settlement Nightmare Partially Over for Allegro Law Clients

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                            Back in 2009 one of the first debt settlement companies to colossally meltdown was a lawyer run company, Allegro Law. This case involved not only Keith Nelms, Esq. but dragged in groups like Americorp and people like Tim McCallan. A couple of days ago the Trustee in the Allegro Law bankruptcy case had finally cleared all the necessary hurdles and ... Read More »

                              Berges Law Group and Consumer Protection Counsel Still in Suit With a Twist

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                              I got my hands on a copy of a recent court document on a suit by a consumer against Otto Berges, Berges Law Group, Paralegal Staff Support, and Consumer Protection Counsel. The suit out of Wisconsin alleges the companies and entities may have been intertwined in a effort to sell credit repair services. The motion from Judge Griesbach says, “the ... Read More »

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