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What I Learned From Selling Debt Relief Services. What I Got Wrong and Right On the Front Lines.

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I had this idea for an article to look back to my early days in the debt relief world, back when I was running Myvesta, a non-profit credit counseling group, and show you examples of what I did wrong and learned from the experience. The irony is people don’t realize when I review a site today and point of mistakes ... Read More »

    Debt Settlement FTC TSR Ruling and Legal Model Informational Webinar by Tami Brown

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    If anyone attends this webinar and wants to post a comment about what was discussed I’m sure we’d all love to hear what the compliant plan is. Read More »

      Legal Helpers Debt Resolution New Operating Standards for Marketing and Front End Services

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      A confidential tipster (send in your tips here) has sent in the following document that appears to cover the marketing operation of Legal Helpers Debt Resolution following the implementation of the Federal Trade Commission Telemarketing Sales Rules that cover debt relief service providers. The tipster (send in your tips here) asked the following questions. Seeing that I’m away right now ... Read More »

        Debt Settlement Law Firm FBL Associates Now Selling Bankruptcy at Blue Chip Bankruptcy

        A tipster (send in your tips here) reported that former debt settlement law firm FBL Associates is now looking for sales reps for a new site they setup at BlueChipBankruptcy.com. The Blue Chip Bankruptcy site is interesting since it makes no apparent mention of debt settlement, a program that FBL Associates has been behind for a awhile now. The Blue ... Read More »

          Is This Not The Most Misguided Picture to Put on a Debt Relief Homepage? It Actually Startled Me.

          Shaw & Associates

          I was just checking out the site of Shaw & Associates, a bankruptcy attorney with an alternative to bankruptcy, and this is the picture that hits you smack in the face. Really, green teeth and green eyes? It’s obviously a web designer issue but whoever posted this picture needs to be __________ (you fill in the blank). Here is the ... Read More »

            Credit Solutions Announces it Will Comply FTC But Tipster Provides Interesting Info

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            Thanks to an awesome tipster (send in your tips here) I have heard that Credit Solutions held an internal meeting yesterday and announced to staff that the company will comply with the new FTC TSR, effective yesterday. In my opinion I think CSA has a potential issue with their statement: “Amount of time necessary to obtain the represented results: The ... Read More »

              I Want to Start a Debt Settlement Company But Have Some Questions. – Doyle

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              This came in through the reader question section of the site but I thought debt relief industry readers would have a lot to share to help Doyle by putting in in the industry section. I’ll leave this one for everyone to offer their feedback and advice to help Doyle. Doyle writes: “Dear Steve, I just came across your site and ... Read More »

                Debt Settlement Marketers Still Selling Debt Leads

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                Interesting little email from a tipster (send in your tips here). It comes from a debt settlement lead seller. Apparently this lead seller is not too worried about complying with the new FTC telemarketing sales rules and making sure their customers are compliant. They say, “Through a number of conversations I’ve had with both debt companies and attorneys, it looks ... Read More »

                  What Do You Know About Real Solutions Consumer Counsel? – D

                  Real Solutions Consumer Counsel

                  “Dear Steve, I am looking for a real solution- and this shows up in the mail. D” Click image for larger view. The Answer Dear D, Before this I had not heard of Real Solutions Consumer Counsel. Let me review the letter you sent in with your email. It appears that the data used to generate the letter may have ... Read More »

                    Attorney Assisted Debt Resolution Program Said to Be Different Than Debt Settlement. How Can That Be?

                    In the video below put out by Morgan Drexen today and distributed with their press release (source), Walter Ledda, CEO says attorney assisted debt resolution is an alternative to debt settlement. Is it somehow magically different? [flashvideo file=/wp-content/uploads/MorganDrexen.flv /] At 0:37 and you will hear Ledda make comments to advise consumers to avoid bankruptcy. “Bankruptcy is the last resort for ... Read More »

                      Misleading Debt Relief Marketing Still Exists. What Do You Think of This?

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                      This morning I was online and I saw an ad that looked like it was offering some sort of government backed or sanctioned debt relief solution. The ad lead to another page, and another, and another. Here is what I saw. Do you think this type of advertising, that appears to be one thing, like news or government supported is ... Read More »

                        Norton & Associates, New Debt Settlement Law Firm, Pitched as a Legal Alternative to the Advance Fee Ban

                        Norton & Associates

                        An interesting email went out yesterday introducing yet another entrant into the arena, a law firm, to sell debt relief services for/with. The subject line of the email read “A Legal Alternative to the Advance Fee Ban.” When I inquired with the law firm representative for clarification and additional information for this story I was advised to “cease and desist” ... Read More »

                          Mailer From Lender Results in Referral to Debt Settlement Company Legal Helpers Debt Resolution

                          Thanks to an awesome tip, I received a mailer that is being sent out. This one was received by a Pennsylvania resident. The mailer was sent out using a West Palm Beach, Florida mailing permit but it appears to come from a company called NFM, Inc. NFM was identified as NFM Lending. Apparently their name used to be National Fidelity ... Read More »

                            Representative for Debt Settlement Law Firm Tells Me New FTC Rules Don’t Apply to Them

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                            I was working on another story but I had to share this little nugget with you. Apparently the debt settlement law firm sales representative believes the new FTC Telemarketing Sales Rules apply to debt settlement companies but says they don’t apply to law firms. It was an interesting approach that the representative was telling me if I went with a ... Read More »

                              Listen to the Lies This Marketing Company Tells Consumers to Sell Attorney Based Debt Settlement Services

                              I’ve previously written about the attorney model debt settlement firm approach that some debt settlement companies are rushing towards in an effort to circumvent any fee ban that may be put in place. The logic is that attorneys are exempt from most laws so if an attorney is doing debt settlement then it must be okay to do. The reality ... Read More »

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