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The National Consumer Hardship Program Mailer


Well it looks like possibly misleading debt reduction mailers are still being sent out by that old postal permit 1297 in Sacramento, California. This one is for something that looks like a government check when you glance at it from the outside. The mailer is really for something called The National Consumer Hardship Program. And the fake check even goes ... Read More »

    Steve Rhode is a Fraud Says Joe Truth


    I get the odd attacks from time to time but one today from an anonymous reader who identifies himself (not sure if it is a he or she since comments from both Joe and Jane have come from that IP) as “Joe Truth” deserves to be discussed. Joe Truth Says Here is the statement submitted: “I have watched you slander ... Read More »

      Association for Student Loan Relief Forms. Game On.


      For companies interested in selling student loan debt relief it appears a new organization has formed, led by noted debt relief attorney Robby Birnbaum of Greenspoon Marder. The group, Association for Student Loan Relief (AFSLR) is holding their first meeting in Las Vegas on December 12, 2013 at Mandalay Bay. Early sponsors of the association are listed as Greenspoon Marder, ... Read More »

        Sovereign Funding Sends Tribal Debt Consolidation Mailer to Consumers

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        A reader sent in a mailer which struck us as interesting because it was sent from the same postal permit 1297 that many of the debt relief mailers we’ve written about in the past had been sent from. This mailer appears to promise a debt consolidation loan. The reader sent the mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The ... Read More »

          Merchant Growth Capital Mailer Concerns Reader

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          A reader expressed concern about a mailer they received which looked to be a pre-approved check but instead turned out to be an offer for a loan. The reader sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The inside of the mailer appears to state the money is available for use and “You do ... Read More »

            Meracord / NoteWorld Falls to CFPB. Global Client Solutions to Follow?


            Yesterday the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced an action and settlement against Meracord, previously known as NoteWorld. Meracord was one of the two primary players assisting debt relief companies to collect money from consumers and then pass it on to debt relief companies. Global Client Solutions is the second. What makes this current episode all seem so silly was the ... Read More »

              Debt Care USA Added to Scott Law Group Hit List

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              The Scott Law Group, the Spokane law firm that has seemingly specialized in pursuing many debt relief companies has added a new company to their list. Debt Care USA has been added after a September 27, 2013 class certification in Spokane County Superior Court. Case documents can be accessed here. As of today the companies listed in play with The ... Read More »

                CredAbility and ClearPoint Credit Counseling to Merge. Watch Out MMI.


                In what comes as no big surprise, the consolidation of the credit counseling industry continues. This time with a big announcement from two players whose merger will create the second largest credit counseling organization. “CredAbility and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions announced on Oct. 1 that they have agreed to merge their two organizations, effective December 31, 2013. The combination will ... Read More »

                  Debt Settlement Mailer From Frisco, Texas Raises Alarms

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                  Well here is yet another version of a debt settlement mailer being sent out to consumers. This one comes from Wichita, KS postal permit 1148. The address of the sender is 2611 Internet Blvd, #021, Frisco, Texas 75034. According to the BBB that is the address for United Debt Services. They list David Melrose as the owner. Melrose is also ... Read More »

                    Lloyd Ward and His BFF Lloyd Regner Found Guilty


                    The only part of this story which make it even more bizarre is the fact Lloyd Ward and Lloyd Regner, ex-business partners, are now involved in suing each other and allegedly trying to win back their mutual former clients from each other. Whatever was going on between them, can be read here. But in a press release issued a couple ... Read More »

                      Serial Debt Relief Scammer Busted Once Again by FTC


                      Under settlements with the Federal Trade Commission, the defendants in two Tampa, Florida-area operations that allegedly bilked consumers of millions of dollars are banned from providing various types of financial services used in their schemes. In the spring of 2012, at the request of the FTC, a court shut down the two operations. According to the FTC, the defendants used ... Read More »

                        Direct Student Aid Commercial Catches My Attention

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                        A recent commercial for Direct Student Aid caught my attention. It seems the company is advertising it can offer some sort of special help for people who are having student loan problems. A secret shopper call, which you can hear below, found out the company charges between $799 to $999 for a service consumers can get for free from their ... Read More »

                          Well Done Debt Settlement Solutions


                          Debt Settlement Solutions, a Florida company, had been previously contacted by the State of Connecticut about operating without a license. Usually these things end badly but in a rare occurrence it looks like one company, Debt Settlement Solutions, This situation shows how flexible state regulators can be when debt relief companies participate in the process. According to the State, “By ... Read More »

                            Independence Law Group Slapped by Connecticut


                            The Connecticut Department of Banking has announced Independence Law Group has engaged in acts or conduct, violating the laws of the state regarding debt adjusters and debt negotiation. The company was ordered to cease and desist and was imposed a civil penalty of $100,000. According to the State, “On July 11, 2013, the Order and Notice sent to Respondent’s agent ... Read More »

                              Massachusetts One Step Closer to Regulating Debt Settlement

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                              Collections & Credit Risk is reporting the State of Massachusetts is a step closer to regulate for-profit debt settlement companies operating in the state. Debt settlement companies would have to disclose their fees and create a budget analysis before enrolling consumers. “The longer Massachusetts waits, choosing not to oversee this industry, the more consumers will be taken advantage of by ... Read More »

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