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People Still Falling for Land Trust Mortgage Rescue Scam

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The one thing you have to admit about a scam is once it works and extracts money from consumers, it’s got some legs and has morphed and continued on longer than I expected it to. As part of the continued slow descent into the black pit of “Why?” more information is coming out about how unhappy people are with the ... Read More »

    Consumer Advocacy Assistance Mortgage Modification Mailer – Watch Out

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    A group, Consumer Advocacy Assistance, who reports to being located in Laguna Hills, California sent a mortgage modification mailer to a consumer in New Jersey. The mailer appears to be an official mailer from the Loss Mitigation Administrative Office. Frankly it looks like the standard B.S. mortgage modification mailer many have received. An amazing reader Hanna sent in a new ... Read More »

      Disappointing Debt Relief Mailer Leads to Debt Defense Services

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      A new debt relief mailer, which you will see below, poses as an official document but in fact leads to a potential sale for Debt Defense Services according to the tipster (send in your tips here). What do you think, is the mailer deceptive or perfectly fine from your point of view? Add your comment below. An amazing reader CLK ... Read More »

        FTC Gets Ass Kicked on Appeal and Wins at Same Time

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        Back in 2012 the FTC lost a case it had brought against Corey Butcher, Brent Butcher, and Financial Freedom of America, Financial Freedom Processing. The case was one where the FTC said the performance statements made by the debt settlement companies were not accurate and could mislead consumers. In what seemed like a ruling from an alternate universe, the judge ... Read More »

          Mortgage Modification Attorney Gets Her Day in Court. Ouch!

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          Pamela Stacey Gerber-Gressier gets to spend many days in court after being sued by the State Bar of California. PSGG has been the subject in a number of mortgage modification stories over the years. See here and here. She’s also been associated with The Remedy Group, Remedy Law, Prudent Law, and Prudential Law to name a few. All of these ... Read More »

            Nicholas Torgerson Sued in Florida After Following Fidelity Land Trust and Others

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            According to information sent in by a tipster (send in your tips here) another domino has fallen in the efforts to stop the ridiculous land trust efforts being sold in Florida to protect homes from foreclosure. On July 22, 2013 I wrote this article about how players in the Fidelity Land Trust scam had allegedly sucked in a willing participant, ... Read More »

              Wells Fargo Home Rebate Credit Card – Yawn

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              Is the Wells Fargo Home Rebate Credit Card a smart card to use? Despite an initial flurry of rebates, 3% rebate on gas, grocery, and drugstore net purchases for the first 6 months, cardholders will get 1% rebates that will pay down Wells Fargo home mortgage. So let’s do the math here. First off, a perfunctory hooray for rebates. But ... Read More »

                California Mortgage Modification Scammers Get Jail Time

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                The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) today announced that on July 29, four California men were sentenced for defrauding hundreds of victims in a real estate scam that included fraudulently collecting upfront fees for loan modification services and sending fake letters with mortgage servicer logos offering home loan modification assistance. Victim losses ... Read More »

                  How to Get Out of Debt Without Getting Scammed and What to Do if You Have Been

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                  I just published my latest free ebook titled “How to Get Out of Debt Without Getting Scammed and What to Do if You Have Been.” Book Description It’s tough enough to have to face financial problems, but how do you make sure you can trust someone to help you? This book gives you clear instructions about what to look for ... Read More »

                    Does Moran Drexen’s Preferred Creditor Program Create a Problem for Consumers?

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                    Last week new information in the lawsuit between Morgan Drexen and the CFPB brought to light a commission compensated department called the Preferred Creditor Program. You can read that article, here. At least one commenter mentioned Morgan Drexen is not the only company to have such a program. If not, then an industry wide problem may exist here. One commenter ... Read More »

                      Debt Settlement Providers Pocketed Money, Got Prison

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                      Houstonian Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23, now convicted in two separate debt relief scams, has been sentenced to prison again, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Chilo entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud in relation to this case Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Today, U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Chilo ... Read More »

                        How Payday Lenders Fight to Stay Legal

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                        by Paul Kiel ProPublica, Aug. 2, 2013, 9 a.m. A version of this story was co-published with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As the Rev. Susan McCann stood outside a public library in Springfield, Mo., last year, she did her best to persuade passers-by to sign an initiative to ban high-cost payday loans. But it was difficult to keep her composure, ... Read More »

                          Poser Government Mailer Sells Debt Relief for LCG

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                          This self-mailer was sent in and it is clearly a deceptive piece in my eyes. The outside envelope clearly pretends to be a government mailer with the eagle and everything. It was sent from postal permit 507 in Santa Ana, California. An amazing reader FitGal sent in this new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The ... Read More »

                            OneMain Financial Loan Offer Mailer

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                            Today I’m reviewing a loan offer mailer from OneMain Financial. This offer is for what appears to be a store front high interest rate lender. We shall see if that holds true as I go with this review. An amazing reader fitgal sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Top of First Page ... Read More »

                              Morgan Drexen Rumble With CFPB – Update

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                              Previously covered the suit filed by the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen against the CFPB, here. Today I went to see what, if any, updates there were on the case. Here is the latest: “The Court held two on the record telephone conference calls with the parties on July 24, 2013 and July 25, 2013, during which Plaintiffs consented to ... Read More »

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