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FTC Goes After Vehicle Loan Debt Relief Assistance Services

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The Federal Trade Commission recently filed a sealed complaint against Regency Financial Services, Ivan Levy; AKA Fidelity Holdings, Levy Fidelity Holdings, Ivan Levy Regency Holdings, BJI Enterprises. The FTC alleges the following in the complaint: “Since at least 2009, Regency, acting primarily through co-defendant Ivan Levy, has perpetrated a vehicle loan assistance relief services scam. Regency preys on consumers who ... Read More »

    Potential Good News for Debt Relief Companies. Balances Increasing.

    Credit Card Delinquency Rates

    For debt relief companies who have been suffering from a lack of consumer demand, there is news out today that indicates demand might be increasing in the near-term. TransUnion says “total outstanding credit card balances increased 5% on a yearly basis. The increase indicates record growth, the highest yearly growth observed since 2008.” If this trend continues then in a ... Read More »

      5 Year Club Fed Stretch for Mortgage Relief Promoter

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      WASHINGTON, DC – Christy Romero, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP); Benjamin B. Wagner, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of California; and Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General for the State of California today announced that Ray Jan Kornfeld, 59, of Las Vegas, Nev., was sentenced on February 19, 2015, to five years in federal ... Read More »

        Settlement Corporation of America on CT Radar

        money down the drain

        The State of Connecticut Department of Banking has just announced a new enforcement action against The Purewal Law Group, Legal Network of America, and Settlement Corporation of America. According to the information provided, the parties named “shall immediately cease and desist from engaging or offering to engage in debt negotiation in Connecticut without a license, in violation of Section 36a-671(b) ... Read More »

          FTC Goes After Debt Relief Companies Who Deal With Payday Loans

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          On February 18, 2015 the Federal Trade Commission filed suit against PSC Administrative, Coastal Acquisitions, Infinity Client Solutions, Infinity Collect, Jared Irby, and Richard Hughes for violations of the Telemarketing Sales Rule. The FTC alleges the Defendants solicited consumers with debt relief services, who owed payday loans. “Defendants have induced consumers to enroll in their program by claiming that they ... Read More »

            CFPB Raging Pissed Off at Morgan Drexen

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            A reader send in some documents they said I would be interested in seeing. It relates to the 2013 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) lawsuit against Morgan Drexen that is still ongoing. My first thought was a disbelief this case was not further ahead. Then I read the document publicly filed in the case by the former Morgan Drexen co-founder, ... Read More »

              Debt and the Theory of Dissaving. Why You Need to Take Action.

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              Being in debt causes us to become paralyzed with uncertainty and that leads to inaction. I want to talk about why if you wait too long to take actin it can be a very expensive mistake. And while I did previously write Get Out of Debt Fast, But Don’t Run, you should not just stand still as well. When people ... Read More »

                Debt Settlement Executives / Sales Reps Face Up to 20 Years in Jail

                The pain generated by the injury to your finances leaves you feeling lost, afraid, and confused.

                A friend sent in this announcement from the Department of Justice. Wow! A grand jury in Santa Ana, California, indicted three individuals for allegedly operating fraudulent debt relief services companies that offered to settle credit card debts but instead took victims’ payments as undisclosed up-front fees, the Justice Department and U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced. Jeremy Nelson, 29, Elias Ponce, ... Read More »

                  Pay Off Debt A Growing Canadian and U.S. Concern

                  Pay Off Debt searches in Canada

                  According to a HuffPo article, it seems our friends in Canada are beginning to worry a bit more about their personal debt levels. Data by Google shows the search term Pay Off Debt has been trending for Canadian searchers. From the looks of the chart though it is an on again, off again interest for Canadians who have hit a ... Read More »

                    Financial Help Services in the News But in the Wrong Way

                    BBB Financial Help Services

                    A reader sent me a story about a Ft. Lauderdale debt relief company, Financial Help Services. It appears the Bobby Blackmon company has run into what is either an issue of not paying creditors for his Debt Management Plan clients or a serious case of poorly explained client expectations with creditors. In a bizarre move, Blackmon spoke to WSVN television ... Read More »

                      Student Loan Debt Relief and Credit Counselors in 2015 and Beyond

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                      Legitimate Debt relief services are often boiled down to 3 categories, which include nonprofit credit counseling agencies, debt negotiators, and bankruptcy attorneys. I want to focus on the role of today’s credit counselors, and how they can fill a larger pair of shoes this year and beyond, with a keen focus on student debt. Student loan debt has rightly been ... Read More »

                        Crestmont Funding Debt Consolidation Loan Mailer Sent in by Reader

                        Crestmont Funding mailer received by reader.

                        An amazing reader, Shawn, sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. He received a mailer from Crestmont Funding for a debt consolidation loan. Shawn wanted to point out the BBB logo was prominently displayed. According to the BBB and the State of North Dakota, the company address is 3949 Highway 8 STE 109, ... Read More »

                          Thomas Macey and Jeffrey Aleman Get Slapped by IL Board

                          Bitch Slap

                          For some time now there has been an open action by the Illinois Attorney Registion and Disciplinary Commissions against Macey and Aleman of Legal Helpers Debt Resolution. Well the final report is out and it surprised me. Well, I wasn’t shocked that Macey and Aleman were recommended for a two year suspension as lawyers. But I was surprised how much ... Read More »

                            AFBC and Student Loan Payment Reduction Department

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                            An amazing reader, JMAN sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. This one is for something called the Student Loan Document Preparation and Processing Services Program, Student Loan Payment Reduction Department, and AF Student Services. The key here is nothing in this self mailer is clearcut. The outside of the mailer looks like ... Read More »

                              CT Kicks More Debt Relief Ass. When Will the Industry Learn to Not Piss Off CT?

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                              Maybe more in the debt relief world can learn by the unfortunate actions below by the Connecticut Department of Banking. I’ll let their words give the lesson that needs to be learned. LOCN, Inc, United Relief Services – December 3, 2014 1. LOCN Inc. d/b/a United Relief Services CEASE AND DESIST from violating Section 36a-671(b) of the Connecticut General Statutes, ... Read More »

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