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California AG Arrests Three, Including Public Notary, in Mortgage Elimination Scam

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Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced the arrest of three suspects who have been charged in a mortgage fraud scheme targeting struggling Northern California homeowners. Six websites allegedly used by the suspects to advertise their scheme have been intercepted and redirected to a resource page on the California Attorney General’s website. The felony complaint alleges that Ronald Vernon Cupp, ... Read More »

    Innovative Wealth Builders Finally Shutdown by FTC

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    Tampa Telemarketers Alleged to Have Falsely Promised To Save Consumers Thousands on Credit Card Debt At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has temporarily shut down Innovative Wealth Builders, Inc. (IWB), which allegedly operated a credit card interest rate reduction scam, pending resolution of the FTC’s cases against the operation. The ... Read More »

      FHTM Path to Financial Independence Scam Stopped by FTC

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      At the request of the Federal Trade Commission and the states of Illinois, Kentucky, and North Carolina, a federal court has halted an allegedly illegal pyramid scheme pending trial. The FTC and the state attorneys general seek to stop the allegedly illegal practices of the Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing (FHTM) operation, which claimed consumers would make substantial income by joining the ... Read More »

        Debt Related PTSD and Financial PTSD Quietly Hurts Many

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        We commonly think that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is something that only combat troops face. It’s thought of as an effect only of war. But that’s not the whole story. Through news reports and media coverage we are also aware of the ripples and problems PTSD can create in the lives of many brave military members after they return home. ... Read More »

          Timeshare Resale Scammers Barred From Business, Must Pay Millions

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          FTC Alleged that Defendants Falsely Claimed They Had Buyers Lined Up for Consumers’ Properties As the result of a Federal Trade Commission action, the operators of a scheme that allegedly deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare properties are permanently banned from the timeshare resale business, and from all telemarketing, and one of them has been ordered to ... Read More »

            Jeremy Johnson and I Works Drag Family Down. Mansion and Silver Bars to Go.

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            This enterprise hit my radar about 18 months ago when I wrote BadCustomer.com Investigative Report. Is it a Scam or Something You Need to Be Afraid Of? The story of the fall of Jeremy Johnson is one for the record books. Another sad tale of a tumble from philanthropist to incarcerated. The Federal Trade Commission has asked a federal court ... Read More »

              Unemployment – What It’s Like To Be Unemployed

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              Some think being unemployed is like a paid vacation. Really? What do you say we take a quick look at what people have to say about being out of a job and looking for work. Have you experienced being unemployed? Share your feedback and experiences about being unemployed in the comments below. Get Out of Debt Guy – Twitter, G+, ... Read More »

                This is Why People Need to Be Aware Who They Are Talking to at Debt Relief Companies

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                Every once in a while I look around the web to see who is advertising. Today I spotted an help wanted advertisement by Preferred Financial Services that typifies why consumers need to be careful when calling the average debt relief company. People think that what they are getting is fair and balanced advice by an independent person who wants to ... Read More »

                  Why Transferring Student Loans to Credit Cards is Not a Good Idea

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                  As the looming crisis of student loan debt nears, some enterprising debtors are no doubt getting desperate. Student loan debtors are being hounded by collection agencies night and day, tax refunds are being intercepted, and wage garnishments are inevitable. So some enterprising debtors are getting the idea to transfer their student loan debt to credit cards with the idea of ... Read More »

                    CFPB Rolls Our New Mortgage Rules to Help Consumers

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                    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has just announced new rules that are aimed at mortgage servicing companies from lessons learned during this most recent mortgage meltdown crisis we are living through. While smaller banks and credit unions are exempt from these rules, the big loan servicing companies, those that service 5,000 or more loans, will have to fall in line. ... Read More »

                      FTC Awarded Millions in Action Against Business Coaching Marketers

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                      Ivy Capital Allegedly Took Millions from Consumers Trying to Run Their Own Online Businesses Most of the defendants in a massive business “coaching” scheme that allegedly took more than $100 million from consumers have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they misrepresented the earning potential of the coaching program they sold, misrepresented their goods and services, and failed ... Read More »

                        Tax Club Nailed by Federal Trade Commission

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                        The Federal Trade Commission and the New York and Florida Attorneys General charged The Tax Club’s telemarketing operation with deceiving consumers who mistakenly believed its services would help their home-based business succeed. The agencies seek to end the allegedly illegal practices as part of their continuing efforts to stop scams that target financially strapped consumers. At their request, a federal ... Read More »

                          Are CreditOne and First Premier Bank Platinum Credit Cards for Bad Credit a Good Idea?

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                          Looking to rebuild your credit score, get new credit after bankruptcy or get access to credit when your credit is in the toilet? Folks with low credit scores or recent bankruptcies are getting deluged with pre-approved credit offers that seem too good to be true, according to folks who have sent me copies of the applications recently. So what’s the ... Read More »

                            Many Draining Retirement Accounts Rather Than Deal With Debt

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                            I’m not sure how many times I can say it, don’t drain your retirement assets to pay debt. It’s a bad idea on so many levels. In a couple of posts I even talk about the long term consequences of tapping those funds. See Here’s Why a 401(k) Loan to Pay Off Debt Can Cost You a Massive Amount in ... Read More »

                              Get Out of Debt Fast, But Don’t Run

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                              Have you ever noticed in the real world, not the TV world, that paramedics don’t generally run to take care of patients? I was a rescued patient recently and it got me thinking about the logic behind why they don’t run and why. If paramedics aren’t running then there must be an exceptional lesson to be learned there and one ... Read More »

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