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Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Who Are They? And Then It Gets Weird.

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An interaction yesterday with a Kevin Jackson from Thomassen Law Group (if that is even a real entity) sparked my interest in Fresh Start Legal Advocates. Kevin referred to the party identified on the post card sent to consumers as “Fresh Start” and appears to indicate they are an affiliate or lead generator for Thomassen Law Group (I’m still unable ... Read More »

    Debt Reduction Department Mailer Promises Underwriting and Approval

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    I have a mailer in from of me that was sent from an entity who describes themselves with an extremely generic name, Debt Reduction Department. An amazing reader Kiwi101 send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer says the company is located at: Debt Reduction Department PO Box 4668 #66587 New York, ... Read More »

      American Debt Mediators Debt Relief Offer, Reviewed

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      A reader sent in a copy of a mailer they got from American Debt Mediators. They said ADM is allegedly charging the first three months in fees. If true it looks like American Debt Mediators is using an attempted catalog by mail loophole to avoid the Telemarketing Sales Rules. The letter appears to be an offer for debt settlement services ... Read More »

        Thomassen Law Group Generic Debt Relief Postcard Sent in For Review

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        An amazing reader Tissa send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The mailer from “Fresh Start Legal Advocates” was sent from postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. The same as another mailer I just covered, here. But I’m not sure if Thomassen Law Group is embarrassed to use their name on the postcard ... Read More »

          Disturbing Wise Debt Relief Mailer Signed by David Hall / Indemnification & Disbursement Division

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          An amazing reader Kiwi101 send in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This one is VERY Interesting because is uses the logos of American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa to sell what appears to be a debt settlement program. The mailer does not easily identify who the company is behind the mailer. While the ... Read More »

            Student Loan Assistance Report Out. Shows Danger of Such Programs.

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            The National Consumer Law Center has just released their latest report. This one is all about student loan assistance programs. While I have been reporting about this new debt relief solution, the NCLC report goes into more detail. I was happy to see they referenced a number of the articles I’ve written in the footnotes. The report is titled “SEARCHING ... Read More »

              Credit One Bank Platinum Visa Offer Review

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              Thanks to an awesome reader, Almost Debt Free in Seattle, I have received the following credit offer to review as part of my I Buy Junk Mail program. This offer is from Credit One Bank for a Platinum Visa card to build a “solid credit history.” These type of major credit cards that report to the credit bureaus are a ... Read More »

                Bank of America Employees Allegedly Rewarded for Foreclosing

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                Paul Kiel ProPublica Bank of America employees regularly lied to homeowners seeking loan modifications, denied their applications for made-up reasons, and were rewarded for sending homeowners to foreclosure, according to sworn statements by former bank employees. The employee statements were filed late last week in federal court in Boston as part of a multi-state class action suit brought on behalf ... Read More »

                  The Growing Impossibility of Affordable Student Loans

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                  Student loan debt is an impossible crisis that is the result of the divergence of society assumptions and affordability. The chart below clearly shows how the cost of both a public and private college education, while assumed to be the path to success, is becoming out of reach. The chart shows the inflation adjusted increases in costs and as you ... Read More »

                    I Buy Junk Mail. Sell Me Your Junk Mail.

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                    I’m back in the market for advertising letters and mailers (no emails) people receive promising some sort of debt or credit help. As a reward for helping me scout out the latest mailers so I can review them I’m reinstating my “I Buy Junk Mail” program I offered a few years ago. Why I Do This I’ve found the best ... Read More »

                      Student Loan Infographic. Yep, Student Loans Suck.

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                        Payday Loan Reality: What It Is, What It Does, and Who Falls in the Trap

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                        The kind folks over at Pew Trust did a great series on payday loans to help make them more understandable. The videos help to explain the pros and cons of payday loans and why they can be helpful for some and incredibly expensive for most. The payday loan issue is another one of those situations where when used appropriately it ... Read More »

                          Sanctuary Belize, Andris Pukke, Todd Cook, Peter Baker & Ameridebt

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                          Please see updates on July 15, 2013 and July 23, 2013 to this article at bottom. Recently tips and information has been trickling in regarding an old debt relief industry name I had not heard for awhile, Andris Pukke. Pukke was nailed by the FTC for his operation of Ameridebt and even did some jail time for it. You can ... Read More »

                            Having Problems With a Debt Collector. Affordable Legal Help Available Here.

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                            One of the common requests I hear from readers is for legal help with issues surrounding their debt problems when they feel they’ve been hurt or abused by a debt collector. In the past I’ve always referred people to the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the GetOutOfDebt.org legal friends and protectors to find an attorney that is licensed in ... Read More »

                              Timeshare Resale Scam Infographic

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                              The FTC gets clever and puts of a great infographic on timeshare resale scams. Read More »

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