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No GED or High School Diploma? Your Student Loans May Be Cancelled, Discharged, and Forgiven.


Despite what many think, there are reasonable rules and allowances for forgiving federal student loans in cases of school failure, fraud, disability, or other issues. For private student loans, as of now you are still primarily screwed. One little known discharge rule is for those that were enrolled in colleges without having a GED or high school diploma. For those ... Read More »

    Debt Relief Lead Generator Ryan Golembiewski Settles With FTC for Big Bucks

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    The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against a debt relief lead generator, who we’ve written about before, that appears to have made false statements about the effectiveness and efficacy of debt settlement, bankruptcy and credit counseling. As you will read, the statements made to induce consumers into debt settlement and credit counseling (debt management plans) is not accurate or ... Read More »

      Sallie Mae and American Education Services Generate Most Student Loan Complaints

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      A report out today from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outline the major problems facing American’s today when it comes to dealing with private student loans. Not surprisingly, Sallie Mae tops the list of most complained about student loan company, with 46 percent of all private student loan complaints. American Education Services (PHEAA) was a distant second. And while those ... Read More »

        California Bar Nails Another Attorney Collecting Fees for Loan Modifications

        The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against a Garden Grove attorney accused of taking illegal advanced fees from distressed homeowners and partnering with non-lawyers in a large-scale loan modification scheme. Stephen Lyster Siringoringo [Bar # 264161] has been charged with 25 counts of misconduct including collecting advance fees for loan modification services, forming a partnership with a ... Read More »

          A1 Credit Consulting Firm Apparently Not Familiar With Credit Repair Organizations Act

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          An advertisement for credit repair caught my eye today. A1 Credit Consulting Firm is running an advertisement for the following: A1 CREDIT CONSULTING FIRM Bad debt removed in 30 days to 12 months. Are you tire of being denied for credit due to delinquent or past due accounts. Did you know these erroneous accusations can be legally removed from you ... Read More »

            10 Must Do Steps to Find the Best Credit Counseling or Debt Settlement Company for You

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            In dealing with consumer debt, every single day, I’ve seen so many scams and companies that take advantage of people in trouble that it’s about time I wrote a comprehensive guide about what to look for and how to identify a great debt relief company. You will find that nearly all debt relief companies today sadly fall short of the ... Read More »

              MyPayDayRelief Selling Debt Settlement to American’s But Not Located in America

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              A reader posted a consumer complaint about and claimed the company is actually located in the Philippines. Interesting accusation. While there have been other posts about on the site and in Is a Scam? – Helen I did raise a concern the company did not disclose where they were located. Looking at the site gives the ... Read More »

                Thinking of Selling a Timeshare? Be Careful. Deception by Marketers Still a Problem.

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                The Federal Trade Commission today announced the owner of a telemarketing operation that deceived consumers who were trying to sell their timeshare properties is permanently banned from the timeshare resale and rental business, and from all telemarketing, under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement followed a court ruling that the company violated the FTC Act and Telemarketing ... Read More »

                  Did the NFCC Client of the Year Really Do the Ethical Thing?

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                  The National Foundation for Credit Counseling Recently put out a press release celebrating their clients of the year who, in my opinion, should never have been put into a debt management plan to begin with. See NFCC Celebrates Utter Stupidity and Puts Older Dementia Patient in Debt Management Plan. My goodness, I hate to make this issue about Jim and ... Read More »

                    U.S. Attorney Charges Wells Fargo With Mortgage Fraud

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                    A loyal reader sent in a tip about a recent suit by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney against Wells Fargo Bank over mortgage fraud. Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Helen Kanovsky, General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”), and David A. Montoya, Inspector General of HUD, announced today ... Read More »

                      ProPublica Raises Concerns Over Bank of America’s Foreclosure Review Process

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                      by Paul Kiel ProPublica Late last year, the country’s bank regulators launched a massive program to evaluate millions of foreclosure cases and compensate homeowners who fell victim to the banks’ flawed or illegal practices. Regulators dubbed it the “Independent Foreclosure Review” to emphasize that the banks would not be making key decisions about loans they had made or serviced. But ... Read More »

                        Brolly Consulting Group Said to be New Incarnation of Stephen Marcus and A New Horizon

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                        A reader just posted this comment on this story: Consolidated Credit Counseling PURCHASED ANH’s clients starting earlier this year. ANH was shopping around the portfolio with other agencies. Seems like a long time for “A New Horizon unexpectedly went out of business before all of their clients’ data was transferred to our organization”. A New Horizon closed the doors but ... Read More »

                          JG Tax Group Allegedly Promises to Sue Unhappy Bipolar Woman Client Over Comment

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                          In an odd turn of events, JG Tax Group has left an alleged client, who Jeffrey Galante of JG Tax Group labels as “a woman who is bipolar” facing a lawsuit over her comments posted on this site. About a month ago Qtmermaid143 submitted a comment on this post in response to a Jeff Galante that had said: JG Tax ... Read More »

                            To All Former A New Horizon Credit Counseling Clients – HELP

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                            All of a sudden, people that have debt management accounts with the nonprofit credit counseling group A New Horizons Credit Counseling Services, are freaking out. Where did the company go? Why aren’t they answering the phones? Where is my money? In one respect the situation is feeling much like another implosion of a nonprofit credit counseling group. Last year it ... Read More »

                              Washington State Goes After 40 Companies in Mortgage Foreclosure Rescue Fraud

                              Thanks to a reader we learn about the State of Washington taking an aggressive and bold step against companies selling mortgage foreclosure rescue assistance. This action includes a number of actions against attorneys which are apparently not licensed to practice in the state. “Since 2009, DFI has charged an ever-increasing number of unlicensed businesses with preying upon desperate homeowners who ... Read More »

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