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FTC Extracts Dollars for Consumers From Tax Relief Scam

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing refund checks totaling more than $16 million to 18,571 consumers who paid money to American Tax Relief, which bilked financially distressed consumers by falsely claiming it could reduce their tax debts. Under a settlement, the defendants turned over millions of dollars in assets the court had frozen, including bank accounts, jewelry, and a Ferrari. ... Read More »

    Consumers Shedding Problem Debt Less and Less

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    The latest round of bankruptcy filing numbers is out and it paints a picture many in the debt relief industry see firsthand, a decrease in demand for debt relief services. Since the debt relief industry fails to provide any specific numbers about consumer demand, the best measure we have is to use the U.S. Courts bankruptcy filing numbers as a ... Read More »

      Juror Scam to be Aware of Says U.S. Courts – Scam Alert

      Know who you are really working with so you don't get scammed.

      The U.S. Courts are warning about something they say is a new scam consumers should be aware of. According to the courts, the juror scam email fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft and has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they ... Read More »

        Work-At-Home Scammer Tried to Hide Assets Says FTC

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        At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has imposed a $26.9 million judgment against the operator of a phony work-at home scheme who lied about his financial assets in an effort to hide them from the FTC when he agreed to settle with the agency in 2010. Jonathan Eborn was one of the marketers behind a work-at-home scheme ... Read More »

          FTC Says It Stopped Office Supply Scammers

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          At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of an operation that bilked nonprofits, businesses, and municipalities out of millions of dollars by deceptively sending them overpriced light bulbs and cleaning supplies that they never ordered. The FTC seeks to permanently stop the illegal practices and make the defendants return victims’ money. ... Read More »

            U.S. Fines Bank of America for Hustling Mortgage Loans

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            U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff yesterday ordered Bank of America to pay a significant civil penalty of $1.27 billion for fraud it committed before and during the time taxpayers invested $45 billion in the bank through the TARP bailout. Additionally, former Bank of America executive Rebecca Mairone was ordered to pay a civil penalty of $1 million to the ... Read More »

              Did the CFPB Just Totally Blow Off CCCS and NFCC?

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              I could not help but notice an absence of some familiar faces in an announcement by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) today on financial education. The CFPB announced an inspired national project to help those most in need to get more education about managing their finances. You would have expected the National Foundation for Credit Counseling to have been ... Read More »

                Yet Another Bullshit Debt Relief Mailer From Anonymous

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                Thanks to an awesome reader who received this recent debt relief mailer, I can share it with you. Just when you thought the debt settlement industry had cleaned up their act and was flying right, or at least a lot more level, comes this mailer. Again we have the standard deceptive mailer that appears to pretend to be an official ... Read More »

                  Four More in Custody for Mortgage Modification Scam

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                  It’s been a rough week for companies who are selling mass joinder and mortgage modification help. See here, here, and here for stories. But today brings a new round of alleged bad debt relief actors landing in trouble with the law. According to the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program on Tuesday, federal agents ... Read More »

                    CFPB Goes After Mortgage Relief Scammers

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                    Consumer advisory: Don’t fall for a foreclosure relief scam or bogus legal help The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and 15 states announced a sweep against foreclosure relief scammers that used deceptive marketing tactics to rip off distressed homeowners across the country. The Bureau is filing three lawsuits against companies and individuals that collected more ... Read More »

                      Hoffman Law Group Mass Joinder Marketing Complaint Unsealed

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                      Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and the State of Florida filed a complaint against a whole host of folks for selling consumers mass joinder lawsuits against their lenders. The named Plaintiffs included Benn Willcox, BM Marketing Group, File Intake Solutions, Legal Intake Solutions, Marc Hoffman, Michael Harper, Nationwide Management Solutions, The Hoffman Law Group, and The Residential Litigation ... Read More »

                        World Law Group Still Slogging It Out With North Carolina

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                        It was just brought to my attention that the issue between the debt settlement group World Law and The State of North Carolina is still going on. There was even a recent amended complaint filed by the State. In the latest round of public documents the State makes the following claims in its June 25, 2014 filing. The Amended Complaint ... Read More »

                          Guys and Gals With Guns Raid Mortgage Assistance Law Firm

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                          Yesterday The Hoffman Law Group in Florida was raided by armed law enforcement officers after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and The State of Florida obtained a temporary restraining order against Michael Harper, Benn Willcox, Marc Hoffman, The Hoffman Law Group, The Residential Litigation Group, Nationwide Management Solutions, Legal Intake Solutions, File Intake Solutions, and BM Marketing Group. From the ... Read More »

                            It’s Official Now, Student Loan Assistance is the New Debt Settlement

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                            This week has been a big week for the student loan assistance niche. Not only were groups like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal publishing articles about this vertical but a tipster (send in your tips here) just pointed out the Scott Law Group in Washington State is on the hunt for harmed consumers. And let’s not forget ... Read More »

                              Morgan Drexen Gets Slapped for Millions in West Virginia

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                              On July 15, 2014 a West Virginia court came down hard on the Morgan Drexen business model. You may recall that Morgan Drexen was a big player in the national debt settlement business but felt they could charge advanced fees for services since it was really lawyers delivering services and thus exempt from many laws or regulations. According to the ... Read More »

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