Student Loan Assistance Groups Hit With Millions in Judgments

In January of 2020 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) went after Chou Team Realty, Monster Loans, MonsterLoans, Lend Tech Loans, Docu Prep Center, DocuPrep Center, Certified Document Center, Document Preparation Services, Certified Doc Prep, Certified Doc Prep Services, Assure Direct Services, Direct Document Solutions, Secure Preparation Services, Docs Done Right, Bilal Abdelfattah, Belal Abdelfattah, … Read more

CFPB Hits Unlawful Student Loan Debt-Relief Scheme

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) today sued a student loan debt relief company, its owner, and manager for allegedly charging thousands of consumers more than $3.5 million in illegal upfront fees. The lawsuit filed in federal district court accuses California-based Student Loan Pro, Judith Noh, and Syed Gilani of violating the Telemarketing Sales Rule … Read more

Are the Scammers Now Getting Scammed?

American Financial Support Services was shutdown for bad acts by the Federal Trade Commission. They were raided as a result of student loan assistance services they were selling. The allegations made were disturbing but consumers appear to be getting kicked twice. The court-appointed receiver in the case just announced the following: “The Receiver’s office received … Read more

You Thought it Was Over. It’s Not Over with CFPB and Student Loan Assistance Players.

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Back in May the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) entered a stipulated final judgment and order against Defendant Chou Team Realty, LLC, Defendants and Relief Defendants Thomas Chou and Sean Cowell, and Relief Defendants TDK Enterprises, LLC and Cre8labs, Inc., which resolved the Bureau’s claims against them. On July 7, 2020, the Court entered a … Read more

Court Rules in FTC’s Favor Against Student Debt Relief Scammers

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission in a case against the operators of a student loan debt relief scheme. The defendants are banned from telemarketing or providing debt relief services. The court found that the operators, doing business as Federal Direct Group, … Read more

Why Does Equitable Acceptance Want to Hide Information From the Public

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Equitable Acceptance has been or was a big player in the student loan assistance space. While it might not have been the intention of Equitable Acceptance to create an unfortunate situation of enabling less than stellar student loan relief companies to sell questionable services, sell the originated contracts to Equitable Acceptance, get paid a portion, … Read more

CFPB Sues Another Student Loan Debt Relief Operation

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) today filed a complaint in the federal district court for the Central District of California against GST Factoring, Inc., which runs a student-loan debt-relief business in Texas, and two of its owners, Rick Graff and Gregory Trimarche, as well as Champion Marketing Solutions, LLC, a customer service and marketing … Read more

CFPB Sues and Settles With Student Loan Assistance Company

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) settled with Timemark, Inc., a company based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, that provides debt-relief services to consumers with federal student-loan debt, and with its owners and officers, Timothy Lenihan, Sr., Mark Nagler, and Casey Gassaway. The Bureau alleged that the defendants charged illegal advance fees in violation of the … Read more

Student Loan Assistance Doc Prep Players Settle for $18 Million

What began as a student loan assistance marketing effort managed to end with an $18 million CFPB stipulated judgment. The people and entities involved used credit bureau data they obtained for mortgage marketing to generate leads for their student loan assistance marketing. The original Defendants, in this case, were Chou Team Realty, Monster Loans, MonsterLoans, … Read more

Student Loan Assistance Marketers Already Making Outbound Calls Using Coronavirus Sales Pitch

It seems some student loan assistance companies are already charging ahead trying to leverage the coronavirus crisis. The recorded message below was sent in by a friend and seems to me to be attempting to use the current crisis to generate calls. I cut the number out. What the message does not make clear is … Read more

Student Loan Debt Relief Companies Agree to Settle FTC Charges They Falsely Promised to Lower or Eliminate Consumers’ Student Loans

Defendants allegedly charged illegal upfront fees and failed to disclose they paid consumers for positive BBB reviews Three California-based student loan debt relief companies and their owner have agreed to be permanently banned from the debt relief business in order to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they falsely promised to lower or eliminate consumers’ … Read more

FTC Returns More than $3.1 Million to Victims of Student Loan Debt Relief and Credit Repair Scheme

The Federal Trade Commission is mailing checks totaling more than $3.1 million to consumers who were victims of a student loan debt relief and credit repair scheme.   Strategic Student Solutions (also doing business under other names) and its owner, Dave Green, settled FTC allegations that they charged consumers illegal upfront fees and falsely promised … Read more

Three Defendants in Student Debt Relief Scheme Banned from Selling Debt Relief and Telemarketing

Three defendants in a student loan debt relief scheme have been banned from telemarketing and selling debt relief, and ordered to pay millions in resolution of Federal Trade Commission allegations that they deceived consumers by promising to reduce or eliminate consumers’ student loan debt. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found … Read more