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American Express to Pay Big for Illegal Credit Card Practices. Consumers to Get Refunds.

In announcements today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) both announced fines and refunds against American Express totaling more than $100 million and creating refunds due consumers. Part of the issue at hand is how American Express falsely handled debt settlements on their cards. It is alleged American Express subsidiaries ... Read More »

    What Planet is Debt Free Angels On? I’m Going With Uranus.

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    A reader sent in a tip about a claim made on the San Antonio, Texas Debt Free Angels website (debtfreeangels.com) regarding how their service helps protect a security clearance. I thought they certainly can’t be saying that. And there it is. Debt Free Angels is a debt relief company that has appeared in this site before. You can see past ... Read More »

      Court Dismisses Lloyd Ward’s Suit Against GetOutOfDebt.org

      On October 7, 2011 Dallas debt settlement attorney Lloyd Ward sued my wife, myself, this site, and the company. You can read about the suit at Lloyd Ward and Lloyd Ward & Associates Sue GetOutOfDebt.org. Today the court dismissed the case. – Source Read More »

        Realty Attorney Group APC and Realty Group & Consulting Seized in California

        The State Bar of California announced today it has shut down the operations of an Ontario lawyer who allowed his name and law license to be used in a scheme to defraud distressed homeowners. The bar obtained a court order (attached) this morning to assume jurisdiction over the law practice of Gary David Tracy, 50, (bar # 167212). His firm, ... Read More »

          J. Hass Group Goes Missing. Offices Cleaned Out.

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          Thanks to a reader who alerted me to a story out of Arizona, the J. Hass Group, operating out of Scottsdale, Arizona has gone missing. According to a local television station, teacher Patricia Aker heard a radio commercial for J. Hass Group and was told that for a $4,200 fee, the J. Hass Group could settle her debt. After 17 ... Read More »

            Certified Forensic Loan Auditors Offers Quiet Title Class

            A readers sent in a link to an upcoming class on “Achieving Principal Reductions with Lenders by Creating Leverage,” a class on mortgage securitization and quiet title actions. – Source It’s an interesting class to see, especially as hard as the Florida Attorney General hit some land trust companies in Florida this week who were selling quiet title debt relief. ... Read More »

              Details on Florida Attorney General Lawsuit Against Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato and Others

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              The following is additional information about the complaint filed against Edward Cherry, Lawrence Diodato, Paul Gellenbeck, Shane Frankovic, Anthony C. Pintsopoulos, The Fidelity Land Trust Company, LLC, The Sunshine State Land Trust Company, LLC, Florida Land Trust Services, LLC, Growth Capital Funding, LLC, August Belmont And Company, LLC, Esquire Litigation Support, LLC, Click Media Consulting, LLC doing business as Florida ... Read More »

                United States Tax Lien Association the New Thing for Wealth Without Risk Saen Higgins

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                Remember the hotly pitched infomercial product Wealth Without Risk with Saen Higgins? Well since the recent FTC actions and shutdowns of related operations it looks like SaenHiggins.com which was promoting the tax lien scheme is either gone or offline. You can see a picture of the old Wealth Without Risk site here. A recent commenter posted the following observation: “I ... Read More »

                  Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato, Paul Gallenbeck, and Others Named in Florida AG Suit to Shut Them Down

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                  The Palm Beach post today is reporting the Florida Attorney General has filed a 45 page suit against some familiar names to readers of this site. The defendants include Edward Cherry, August Belmont & Company, Lawrence Diodato, Fidelity land Trust, Shane Frankovic, Anthony Pintsopoulos, Click Media Consulting, Florida Home Rescue Mission, Esquire Litigation Support, Growth Capital Funding, Sunshine State Land ... Read More »

                    MyDebtRelease.com – Watch List

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                    Steve Notes: This advertisement came to my attention for MyDebtRelease.com. The ad they place online doesn’t even make any sense. If we just focus on the get out of debt claims they make they are without substance and make a number of claims but provide no details. The claims appear to be unsupported to me. My recommendation is to run ... Read More »

                      NC AG Warns Consumers About Community Mortgage Assistance Program, Lender Exchange, and Tidewater Financial

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                      A tipster (send in your tips here) has alerted me that North Carolina has recently taken action against some foreclosure rescue companies. Three North Carolina companies that claim to help people win lower mortgage payments and save their homes from foreclosures are instead ripping off homeowners and must be shut down, Attorney General Roy Cooper said Monday. “These schemes promise ... Read More »

                        Your Rented Computer May Be Spying on You and Taking Pictures

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                        Seven rent-to-own companies and a software design firm have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they spied on consumers using computers that consumers rented from them, capturing screenshots of confidential and personal information, logging their computer keystrokes, and in some cases taking webcam pictures of people in their homes, all without notice to, or consent from, the consumers. ... Read More »

                          Attorney General Koster reaches $22,500 settlement with vehicle extended service contract seller

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                          Attorney General Chris Koster said today that his office has reached a settlement with Carsafe, LLC that will restructure the way Carsafe sells vehicle service contracts and provide $10,000 in restitution. Carsafe, which previously did business as Dealer Preferred Warranties, will also pay $12,500 to the state. The consent judgment against Carsafe prohibits deceptive sales techniques in the sale of ... Read More »

                            Debt Negotiation Business Program – Watch List

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                            Steve Notes: The following advertisement appeared online: “DEBT Is HUGE Business-MAKE Money Next Week! Little Known Business! – $300 (Everything You Need To Make Money NOW!) Price: 300 USD Date listed: 1 month, 1 week ago Been downsized? Out of work?One thing is for sure..SO ARE MANY OTHERS!EVERYONE has debt now!! EVERYONE needs help and solutons.This is a COMPLETE HUGE ... Read More »

                              Debt Busters System – Watch List

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                              Steve Notes I found the “Debt Busters System” as a result of an online advertisement: Powerful Information Based On Proven Techniques And Strategies To Get Out Of Debt Without Bankruptcy. High credit card interest charges are costing you your hard earned money and is only driving you further into debt. With the proper credit counseling information you can easily create ... Read More »

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