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We Buy Houses Ploy Raising Concerns in Australia Now

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We’ve seen the We Buy Houses signs. You know, those ubiquitous signs on yard stakes and nailed to light poles that claim cash is waiting for your home. The way the business plan works is that investors can find desperate people, called “Don’t Wanters” who they can buy their house for less than it is worth and either flip the ... Read More »

    BestBuyDrawing.com – Scam Alert

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    The following information appears as a scam warning for consumers to avoid. The Pitch Consumers are reporting receiving text messages which say they are the winner of a $1,000 Best Buy gift card. This is a scam to get your personal information. If you receive a text message to visit BestBuyDrawing.com, ignore it and report it in the comments below. ... Read More »

      Obama Pay As You Earn Student Loan Forgiveness Program Details

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      The final rules and guidelines were released yesterday that can finally give us some guidance on a government student loan repayment program that can make it easier for many people. The Pay As You Earn program will provide much needed relief to more people that are drowning under a trillion dollars of student loan debt. The only downside here is ... Read More »

        FTC Chases Down a Couple More Debt Relief Companies Promising Magic Interest Rate Reductions

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        The Federal Trade Commission announced some additional coordinated enforcement actions against companies that promised fraudulent debt relief help and interest rate reductions. Recently I wrote about actions the FTC took against Purchase Power Solutions and The Green Savers. In actions that had been under seal, the FTC announced these additional companies have been targets of their sweep. These additional companies ... Read More »

          Florida Universities Agree to Provide Free Education to Eligible Students

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          A group of Florida universities have reached a settlement agreement with the Florida Attorney General over complaints about promises and claims made to student in marketing it’s services. Everglades College, Keiser University, Everglades University, Bar Education, and Keiser Career College have agreed, without admitting any fault, to provide retraining for students that attended the organizations since January 1, 2008 to ... Read More »

            Individual Voluntary Arrangements Trapping People Over Payment Protection Insurance

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            Brits in Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs) are finding that even after they have spent five years repaying their debt through the binding debt repayment approach they are still stuck in the IVA and can’t get out. As part of the IVA process in the UK, consumers are told they must file a claim for overpayments of payment protection insurance (PPI) ... Read More »

              South African’s in Debt Counselling Can Lower Credit Insurance Rates

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              The Debt Counselling Industry in South Africa has announced a new insurance product to assist consumers struggling with financial troubles. In South Africa, when consumers are working with a registered debt counsellor who can put together a court approved and mandated repayment plan, up till now there has been little relief from the exorbitant fees paid to creditors when they ... Read More »

                Washington Class Action Suit Refocused on Lloyd Ward and Meracord

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                Back in July a class action lawsuit was filed against Meracord (formerly NoteWorld) and Lloyd Ward, the Dallas debt settlement attorney who has sued my wife and I. The first compliant filed was a bit meandering and did not focus that much on the activities of Ward and his debt settlement companies. It appears the filing attorneys and firms have ... Read More »

                  FTC Sues Another Debt Relief Company – The Green Savers

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                  The Federal Trade Commission will announce in the upcoming days a suit filed against a Florida company, The Green Savers and Elite Services, Advanced Data Solutions, Christopher Adams, Vikash Jawalapersad, and Pavac, Inc. It seems it has been a busy ten days for the FTC and it’s pursuit of deceptive debt relief schemes. For that I applaud them. Just yesterday ... Read More »

                    Purchase Power Solutions and Others Sued by FTC

                    I just stumbled across a suit filed by the Federal Trade Commission against a number of interrelated companies. Some of which we’ve written about before and some of which consumers have filed complaints about them with us. The FTC also went for a Temporary Restraining Order and seized the operations of ELH Consulting, Proactive Planning Solutions; Purchase Power Solutions, Allied ... Read More »

                      Dumbest Debit Card Thief of the Day – India

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                      This young identity thief certainly wasn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. The Hindustan Times out of India is reporting that a nephew stole his uncle’s debit card information and purchased a Samsung Galaxy SIII on ebay.in using his uncle’s card. The uncle got a text message his debit card had been hit and he then filed a police report ... Read More »

                        Fee Only Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Upheld. Gives Consumers an Interesting Bankruptcy Tool.

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                        Now here’s an interesting situation, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the bankruptcy filing of a woman who was just existing on social security benefits and food stamps. The woman originally filed a chapter 13 bankruptcy after trying and failing to negotiate a repayment plan she could afford with her creditors. The filer, Patricia Crager, put forward a chapter 13 ... Read More »

                          An Examination of New CFPB Debt Collection Rules

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                          The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has released new rules that will give it the authority to supervise the activities and actions of the nations largest debt collection agencies. While supervision does not extend to all debt collection groups, the lessons learned will. The CFPB stated that the purpose of this action and regulations of the debt collection industry was ... Read More »

                            The Myth: American’s Have Learned to Avoid Debt

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                            So much of what you hear about the recent economic trends of people learning grand lessons about avoiding debt, are just not true. While the level of unsecured consumer debt has decreased over these past four years, it’s not as if that was some grand American consumer awakening. No, that was the result of poor economic times and a lack ... Read More »

                              Getting Your Credit Card Rejected at the Grocery Store, Sucks

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                              I think all of us can remember an experience like this. “Anyone who has had a credit card declined in a public place like a store knows the news almost always sounds as if it is being delivered via megaphone by someone convinced to the very depth of her – or his – soul that you don’t pay your bills. ... Read More »

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