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Identity Theft in a Digital Age: Deter – Detect – Defend.

ID Theft or Stolen Identity

Written by Daniel Boylan, instructor of finance at Ball State University Student debt is rising. It is rising at an alarming rate. According to NerdWallet, a typical student will leave college with about $33,000 in debt. Credit card is rising. It is rising at an alarming rate. According to JumpStart, a typical student will leave college with about $5,000. Add ... Read More »

    Destination Debt Solutions Denies Troubles


    Recently I received a statement from a tipster (send in your tips here) who appeared to be concerned about a company called Destination Debt Solutions in Florida. The person wrote, “Destination Debt Solutions out of central Florida in dire financial straits. In process of laying off entire staff and considering filing BK. Not paying vendor marketing bills and other company ... Read More »

      USA Discounters Agrees to Refund $5 Charge Collected in What Feds Called A “Fee Scam”

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      by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 15, 2014, 9 a.m. USA Discounters, a retail company that caters to service members, has agreed to refund $350,000 collected as part of what federal regulators termed a “fee scam.” The company also agreed to pay a $50,000 penalty to settle an inquiry by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau over a $5 fee charged to ... Read More »

        Federal Student Loan Notice Mailer Review

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        An amazing reader Alicia sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Alicia received a mailer from good old postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California which promises some amazing student loan benefits including total loan forgiveness. The outsides of the mailer does not say who the sender actually is and my opinion is it ... Read More »

          United Debt Services Sends Official Notice Mailer That Makes Odd Sounding Statement

          UDS Mailer Inside

          An amazing reader Karen sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Karen lives in Alabama where she received this mailer for debt help from United Debt Services. The outside of the mailer says Official Notice and does not give the name of the company on the outside. It seems I’ve written about United ... Read More »

            CFPB Bitch Slaps Bait-and-Switch Mortgage Scheme


            Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) took action against Amerisave Mortgage Corporation, its affiliate, Novo Appraisal Management Company, and the owner of both companies, Patrick Markert, for engaging in a deceptive bait-and-switch mortgage-lending scheme that harmed tens of thousands of consumers. The Bureau found that Amerisave lured consumers by advertising misleading interest rates, locked them in with costly up-front ... Read More »

              EZPass Email – Scam Alert

              E-ZPass Scam Email

              The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. A reader sent in the following email and wanted people to watch out for it. The email pretends to be from E-ZPass but is actually sent from an email address in Russia, If you get an email like this, delete it, do not click on the link. ... Read More »

                BS CBAP Consumer Balance Assistance Program Mailer

                CBAP Inside

                An amazing reader Michael sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This mailer comes from something called the Consumer Balance Assistance Program (CBAP). The self mailer looks like an official document on the outside. At least it looks that way to me. The inside of the mailer has a fake check attached. While ... Read More »

                  More Law Groups in Hot Water Over Mortgage Intervention


                  Mader Law Group, American Financial law Group, Meridian Law Group, and attorney Eric Mader caught the attention of the Connecticut Department of Banking recently. According to the State site the companies were engaged in activities which triggered a closer look. This comes on the heels of a flurry of actions against other law firms engaged in mortgage assistance services. See ... Read More »

                    Mass Joinder Mills Targets of Attorney General Action

                    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

                    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson sued Berger Law Group, Resolution Law Group, and related entities and individuals over allegations that they collected at least $4.7 million in illegal upfront fees from distressed homeowners. Under their authority to enforce the federal Mortgage Assistance Relief Services Rule and Florida and Connecticut laws prohibiting deceptive and unfair ... Read More »

                      Three Charged in Mortgage Modification Scheme


                      Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP), and Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the unsealing of charges against Ped Abghari, a/k/a “Ted Allen,” Dionysius Fiumano, a/k/a “D,” and Justin Romano for engaging in a mortgage modification scheme that defrauded over 8,000 homeowners in all 50 states ... Read More »

                        Work-at-Home Defendant Settles with FTC


                        The final defendant charged by the Federal Trade Commission in a business opportunity scheme that he falsely claimed would enable consumers to earn a significant income by affiliate marketing with websites of well-known companies such as Prada, Sony, Louis Vuitton, and Verizon has agreed to settle. Under the settlement, Benjamin Moskel, a former officer in the corporation, The Online Entrepreneur, ... Read More »

                          What the Fuck is World Law Group Talking About?

                          World Law Announcement

                          A tipster (send in your tips here) sent me a copy of an email they received from World Law Group that made a claim that rose above the level of “what the heck” and “what the hell” to defcon “what the fuck?” In the email, World Law Group allegedly says, “Your attorneys at World Law Group are transitioning the accounting ... Read More »

                            Missing – Credit Advocates Law Firm Site. But is it Really Credit Advocates Debt Resolution Firm?

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                            A reader posted a comment alluding to the fact a company out of Florida named Credit Advocates Law Firm, LLC may actually be controlled by Jeffrey Aleman, Thomas Macey, and Jason Searns. Normally I’d just pass on a tip like that but in this case what really piqued my interest was the fact the Nevada company registration does in fact ... Read More »

                              FTC Recovers Luxury Cars and Watches in Mobile Phone Cramming Action

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                              The operator of a massive mobile cramming scheme has agreed to surrender more than $1.2 million in assets to settle Federal Trade Commission charges, including the contents of numerous bank accounts, two luxury cars, shares in a number of startup companies and multiple luxury watches. “Ensuring that consumers are protected in the growing mobile environment is a top priority at ... Read More »

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