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Debt Reduction Defendants Banned From Telemarketing

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Operators of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scheme Barred from Telemarketing, Will Turn Over Funds Frozen by Court The Arizona-based defendants behind an alleged fraudulent credit card interest rate reduction scam will be permanently barred from the telemarketing business, and must turn over all of their remaining funds, in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. As part of the ... Read More »

    Credit Counseling Services and the Bankruptcy Conundrum

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    A press release out by Advantage Credit Counseling Service drew me to their site today. – Source. While there I came across a good example of the ethical conundrum facing nonprofit credit counselors today. Advance Credit Counseling Service is not alone in dealing with this problem. According to the Advantage Credit Counseling Service website they are a proud member of ... Read More »

      Inexpensive Wines and Student Loans – Ask Steve – Episode 1

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      This week on Ask Steve I answer reader and viewer questions on how to find an inexpensive wine and what to do about student loans if you are unemployed. In the first question my team and I tasted ten of the least expensive wines in an attempt to find some good deals for little money. Surprisingly, there were some quite ... Read More »

        Federal Student Loans Discharged in Bankruptcy. A Look at the Surprising 2012 Data and Cases.

        The actual granular data presents a surprising reality.

        The more I research and study the reality of dealing with student loans through bankruptcy the more I am under the opinion the data does not support the assumptions many have that no good options are available in bankruptcy for student loans. In fact my research appears to show that even for government backed student loans there are some significant ... Read More »

          Student Loan Alliance Teaches Credit Counselors What About Student Loans?

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          Student Loan Alliance put out a press release earlier this week talking about the training they were giving credit counseling agencies in order to deal with student loan problems. Student Loan Alliance says the credit counseling agencies that participate in their approach and training are The participating organizations are: Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas, Consumer Credit Counseling Service ... Read More »

            A+ Financial Center Scheme Settles With FTC

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            The Federal Trade Commission has settled with a set of defendants associated with the A+ Financial Center scheme. They were charged in last year’s joint law enforcement sweep against five companies that made millions of illegal pre-recorded robocalls claiming to be from “Rachel” and “Cardholder Services” and pitching credit card interest rate reduction services. In the five complaints announced in ... Read More »

              Debt Defense America Brings Us More Debt Dispute Foolishness

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              Recently Michael Bovee and I collaborated on an article about the debt validation/debt dispute services being sold by Debt Defense Services. You can read that article, here. Right on the heels of that article I received a document from a tipster (send in your tips here) about a similar sounding company, Debt Defense America. It seems these debt dispute services ... Read More »

                Are Colorado Law Firms Overcharging People in Foreclosure?

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                Are people being charged inflated legal fees when they get foreclosed on? Well the Colorado Attorney General would like to know more and has filed suit for law firms to fess up. The Colorado Attorney General John Suthers is apparently concerned about law firms that handle foreclosures in the state. While fees are allowed to be passed on they are ... Read More »

                  Debt Consolidation USA Says Avoid Credit Counseling

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                  A nonsensical press release just out by Debt Consolidation USA warning consumers about credit counseling seems odd to say the least. Let’s go with the assumption the reason for this release was just to try and score some SEO points or something like that. The release refers to an article on their website titled “Reasons to Avoid Credit Counseling.” – ... Read More »

                    CrossCountry Mortgage Mailer Offering New Loan and Debt Refi – Review

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                    CrossCountry Mortgage is sending out offers for mortgage using the Making Home Affordable logo and offering quick closing loans. I certainly do have to give CrossCountry a hat tip on some items in the mailer. They did a much better job than you often see in the debt relief space. An amazing reader FitGal send in a recent mailer through ... Read More »

                      Why People Have a Tough Time Shopping for Debt Help

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                      The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia published a paper by Stephanie Wilshusen which made some very enlightened observations about why consumers struggle with getting out of debt. In the paper, “Meeting the Demand for Debt Relief” it describes the options available to borrowers who seek assistance in managing their debts and discusses the information and incentive problems associated with these ... Read More »

                        Computer Warning Seeking Money Is Scam

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                        A computer virus that locks up personal computers, and then issues a demand for money from the Department of Justice and the U.S. Courts, is a scam and has no link to the courts or other federal agencies. The virus locks up computers and warns users that they face criminal prosecution unless they pay a fee. Victims should contact the ... Read More »

                          Debt Collection Form Letters to Stop Debt Collectors in 5 Different Situations

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                          The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published five letters consumers can use in certain circumstances to deal with abusive debt collection practices. It is important for consumers to be aware that while these form letters may be helpful, the letters are best used in the right situation and to accomplish a specific task. For example, asking a collector or creditor ... Read More »

                            Perpetuating Poverty: Exploitative Businesses, the Urban Poor, and the Failure of Liberal Reform

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                            Here is a new paper out that may be of interest to all who want to know more about rent-to-own, payday lending and the title loan business. David Papke from the Marquette University Law School is to be commended for this paper. “This article scrutinizes the rent-to-own, payday lending, and title pawn businesses – all of which target and exploit ... Read More »

                              Federal Reserve Data Out Yesterday Still Shows Student Loan Concerns

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                              Yesterday the Federal Reserve released the latest data on consumer borrowing. It’s been interesting watching all the media reports about what it means. Some say the big percentage rise in revolving debt is an indication about consumer confidence, and it might be. But it’s not unusual to see a summer spike in charging as vacations ensue. What is more concerning ... Read More »

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