Financial Education Services Fighting Back Against FTC Over Credit Repair Allegations

Financial Education Services Fighting Back Against FTC Over Credit Repair Allegations

The Federal Trade Commission sued Financial Education Services and others for selling credit repair and an alleged pyramid scheme business opportunity. Watching the court record, Financial Education Services is pushing back hard. However, the FTC just filed a document that makes a compelling argument why the credit repair company should have some concerns. You can … Read more

Is Sean R. Roberts Back at it With Premier Financial Marketing?

I received a tip from a reader that said “Sean Robert[s] as CEO doing mortgage loans again FYI.” They said the company was: Premier Financial Marketing LLC Entity: Limited Liability Company (LLC) Industry: Mortgage and Nonmortgage Loan Brokers Location: Irvine, CA Premier Financial Marketing LLC 18500 Von Karman Ave Ste 350 Irvine, CA 92612 Business … Read more

What Debt Relief Companies Get Horribly Wrong When Helping Seniors

Almost half of seniors have incomes within 200% of the poverty line. They are classified as economically vulnerable and retire owing more debt than ever before. It is natural then that seniors with financial problems would search for someone to help them. Before the internet, communities had a local Consumer Credit Counseling Agency that would … Read more

You Really Have to Pay to Play in Debt Settlement

An email from Denise Dunckel, the CEO of the American Fair Credit Council (AFCC), has ruffled some feathers in the debt settlement industry. AFCC is a trade association for debt settlement providers and associated companies. They have been around for a number of years now. The concern by some is that the announcement of increased … Read more

Sanctioned Attorney Goes After Debt Defense Leaders That Got Him Involved

Yesterday I wrote about the misfortunes of Daniel Rufty, a new North Carolina attorney that learned some very hard lessons about being a local representative for a debt settlement company. You can read that post here. Rufty sued Jason Blust, Law Offices of Jason Blust, Lit Def Strategies, and Relialit after his disciplinary debacle. The … Read more

New Attorney Learns the Lessons of Being a Front for Debt Relief The Hard Way

I just discovered the misfortunes of Daniel S. Rufty, an attorney in North Carolina that was brought before the North Carolina State Bar for his debt relief business. Rufty was a brand new attorney hired to represent an out-of-state group of lawyers for their debt settlement business. Things did not end well for Rufty but … Read more

CFPB Says Companies Can’t Gag Consumers That Post Reviews

Financial companies will face consequences for illegally manipulating or suppressing consumer reviews. Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued policy guidance regarding potentially illegal practices related to consumer reviews. The CFPB seeks to ensure that customers can write reviews, particularly ones posted online, about financial products and services that accurately reflect their opinions and … Read more

Who and What is Debt Assistance Network and is it BS?

Concerned or worried couple reading.

A debt relief company named Debt Assistance Network hit my radar. People are under the impression the company will assume their debt and somehow fight back to eliminate debt. Fees are steep. I typically advise consumers that anyone considering using such a company should read the following free guides and do their own research. The … Read more

Dave Ramsey Company Pays Out on Employment Discrimination

Dave Ramsey Company Pays Out on Employment Discrimination

I previously wrote about Julie Anne Stamps who alleged she was terminated by Ramsey’s company, Lampo Group for being a lesbian. See the section “Gay Woman Fired” in this post. In an interesting turn of events, the Ramsey company, Lampo Group aka Ramsey Solutions, has agreed to pay out $76,900 on claims of “employment discrimination … Read more

Another Debt Relief Scam Folds and Settles With FTC

The operators of an alleged credit card interest rate reduction scam will be permanently banned from the debt relief industry as part of court orders resolving charges by the Federal Trade Commission and the Florida Office of the Attorney General. The defendants—Gino de Paz, Grace de Paz, and Shabana Khublal—allegedly engaged in deceptive and abusive … Read more

Elevate Credit Settles Lending Issues With Attorney General

Elevate Credit Settles Lending Issues With Attorney General

Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced that Elevate Credit, Inc. (Elevate), a predatory online lender, will pay at least $3.3 million to refund over 2,500 District consumers who were misleadingly marketed high-cost loans and lines of credit, waive over $300,000 in interest owed by those consumers, and pay $450,000 to the District. The company will … Read more

Remaining Defendants Banned from Providing Student Loan Debt Relief Services

The remaining defendants in a deceptive student loan debt relief scheme are permanently banned from providing all student loan debt relief products and services in settlements with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlements with Jay Singh, the two corporate defendants he controls, and seven other corporate entities resolve charges the FTC in brought in November … Read more

The End Has Come With a Whimper for Arete Financial Freedom and Others

The End Has Come With a Whimper for Arete Financial Freedom and Others

The court just recorded an apparent final disposition in the Arete Financial Freedom lawsuit. The parties included under the Stipulated Order for Permanent Injunction and Monetary Judgment include Arete Financial Group, Arete Financial Freedom, CBC Conglomerate, 1file.org, Diamond Choice Inc., Interest Rate Solutions, J&L Enterprise, Premier Solutions Servicing, La Casa Bonita Investments, Inc., La Casa … Read more