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FTC Beats American Indians, Again

Run away. Here comes the FTC!

The poor American Indians get no respect. First they lose the continent, their land, and then this payday loan court battle. Actually the last one they should have lost. U.S. District Judge Finds that FTC Can Sue Deceptive Payday Loan Business Regardless of American Indian Tribal Affiliation Defendants behind AMG Services Had Argued That Tribal Affiliation Exempts Them from Federal ... Read More »

    Florida Clears Clouded Fidelity Land Trust Deeds for Consumers

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    The State of Florida has taken action to undo all the titles assigned to Florida company Fidelity Land Trust, a company that has been in the news here. FLT had been selling consumers a program they billed as a way to clear the mortgage on a Florida home. According to a recent article by Kimberly Miller of the Palm Beach ... Read More »

      Why Most Student Loan Debt Advice is Bad or Just Wrong

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      As a consumer debt expert it is exceedingly frustrating hearing from people all around the country on a daily basis who are seeking good help for their student loan troubles, only to get really bad advice, or worse, ripped off. The scammers are ahead of the experts on selling student loan solutions. It’s not unusual at all for me hear ... Read More »

        FTC Nails Debt Collectors With Court Order

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        Defendants Behind Buffalo, New York-based Operation Misrepresented They Were with the Government and Threatened Consumers with Arrest and Other Legal Action At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court halted a debt collection operation that the agency charged with violating the Federal Trade Commission Act and the Fair Debt Collection Act by misrepresenting that they were ... Read More »

          AmeriFree Says I Got It All Wrong

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          In a recent article “Why Isn’t AmeriFree Licensed in Their Own State?” a reader asked why AmeriFree did not appear to be registered to offer debt relief services in Arizona. As I said in the article, I had previously reached out to AmeriFree for a statement or response and heard nothing. Well today I have. A John Corey said, “AmeriFree ... Read More »

            Selling You a BS Copy of Your Deed Gets Pissy

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            Recently I wrote about a BS mailer from some company called Record Transfer Service and it was called a Deed Processing Notice. My objection was the mailer was offering consumers a copy of their deed, many can get online for free. Well it seems the bad blood of this effort extended back to 2012 when one party, Secured Document Services ... Read More »

              United Credit Consultants Says the Darndest Things

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              In a story I’ve been working on for a bit, United Credit Consultants in Minnesota had said something in a press release that caught the attention of readers who brought it to my attention. It seems United Credit Consultants was saying they had FICO certified negotiators who could provide debt settlement service. But not only did UCC wind up with ... Read More »

                Foreign Scammers Targeting U.S. Companies Stopped by FTC

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                In an action brought by the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court has banned a Slovakia-based operation from the online directory business and entered a $9 million judgment against them. “The last thing small business owners need is someone trying to trick them out of their hard-earned money,” said Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. “The ... Read More »

                  Who is Cornerstone Legal Group?

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                  A reader wrote in and wanted to know more about a debt relief company, Cornerstone Legal Group. I am not familiar with the company at cornerstone-legal.com so I’d love to hear from anyone who has used this company in the comments below. If we look at the ownership of the domain name it does not help to solve the mystery, ... Read More »

                    CFPB Sues For-Profit Colleges to Stop Screwing Students

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                    The CFPB announced yesterday they filed suit against ITT Educational Services, the owner of a number of for-profit colleges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services, Inc., accusing the for-profit college chain of predatory student lending. The CFPB alleges that ITT exploited its students and pushed them into high-cost private student loans that were ... Read More »

                      Deaf Reader Sends in Student Aid Center Transcript

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                      An apparent deaf reader sent in the following TTY transcript of a sales pitch from Student Aid Center. It appears the group is charging the deaf consumer a total fee of about $14,000 ($199 x 3 plus $56 per month for 240 months) for a service the consumer could get for free directly from the Department of Education. If that’s ... Read More »

                        Fake Looking Official Mailer for Student Loan Assistance

                        Student Loan Services Pre-Qual

                        An amazing reader, Emily, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. As you can see from the outside the mailer does not identify the company and pretends to look like an official mailer. It comes from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California, which has been responsible for sending out other debt relief mailers. ... Read More »

                          Big Changes Afoot for CareOne

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                          Whispers online were telling me about big changes to CareOne coming. According to CareOne spokesperson Suzanne Coblentz, there are. “CareOne, a subsidiary of Ascend One, will continue to provide the same great service our customers have come to expect from CareOne. For the time being, the CareOne brand will continue to be in the market, but will not be making ... Read More »

                            Now Here’s a New Scam Involving Your Property Deed

                            Buy Your Deed

                            The BBB has alerted me to a new scam that is really a scam by omission. It seems a mysterious company is using a DC mailing address to send out “helpful” notices to consumers that they can buy a copy of their property deeds for only $83. However what the mailer doesn’t say is most people can get a copy ... Read More »

                              FL Judge to Debt Settlement Companies. Fuck Me? Fuck You!

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                              In 2012 there was a stinker of a class action settlement offered to consumers in a Florida class action case. An agreement was reached in that settlement where the attorneys got paid, cash awards were made to charities and the 125,000 harmed consumers got nothing. Consumer organizations objected as unfair. You can read about that case, here. Thanks to an ... Read More »

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