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Independence Law Group Slapped by Connecticut

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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 »

      Details on CFPB Lawsuit Against Morgan Drexen

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      Yesterday I mentioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau filed suit against Morgan Drexen. As I mentioned, I said I would take more time today and wander through the complaint filed and share more about the allegations. If there was no doubt in the mind of any debt relief industry executive if the CFPB was set to regulate the industry, the ... Read More »

        Morgan Drexen Sued by CFPB. Take That!

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        Recently the debt settlement company Morgan Drexen sued the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, CFPB, hoping they would be declared unconstitutional and disbanded. For more, see this and this. Today the CFPB turned around and unloaded their long-term investigation into Morgan Drexen and filed suit against them. I’ll review the entire lawsuit tomorrow but for now, here is what the CFPB ... Read More »

          Consumer Advocacy Assistance Mortgage Modification Mailer – Watch Out

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          A group, Consumer Advocacy Assistance, who reports to being located in Laguna Hills, California sent a mortgage modification mailer to a consumer in New Jersey. The mailer appears to be an official mailer from the Loss Mitigation Administrative Office. Frankly it looks like the standard B.S. mortgage modification mailer many have received. An amazing reader Hanna sent in a new ... Read More »

            Disappointing Debt Relief Mailer Leads to Debt Defense Services

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            A new debt relief mailer, which you will see below, poses as an official document but in fact leads to a potential sale for Debt Defense Services according to the tipster (send in your tips here). What do you think, is the mailer deceptive or perfectly fine from your point of view? Add your comment below. An amazing reader CLK ... Read More »

              FTC Gets Ass Kicked on Appeal and Wins at Same Time

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              Back in 2012 the FTC lost a case it had brought against Corey Butcher, Brent Butcher, and Financial Freedom of America, Financial Freedom Processing. The case was one where the FTC said the performance statements made by the debt settlement companies were not accurate and could mislead consumers. In what seemed like a ruling from an alternate universe, the judge ... Read More »

                July 2013 Senior Loan Officer Survey Shows Flat Line for Debt Relief

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                As an indication of future demand for debt relief services, a good place to look for clues is the Federal Reserve report on senior loan officer plans. The July 2013 survey is just out but paints a continued flat line picture offer increasing unsecured consumer loans. “Responses from domestic banks indicated that they were somewhat more willing to make consumer ... Read More »

                  California Mortgage Modification Scammers Get Jail Time

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                  The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) today announced that on July 29, four California men were sentenced for defrauding hundreds of victims in a real estate scam that included fraudulently collecting upfront fees for loan modification services and sending fake letters with mortgage servicer logos offering home loan modification assistance. Victim losses ... Read More »

                    Does Moran Drexen’s Preferred Creditor Program Create a Problem for Consumers?

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                    Last week new information in the lawsuit between Morgan Drexen and the CFPB brought to light a commission compensated department called the Preferred Creditor Program. You can read that article, here. At least one commenter mentioned Morgan Drexen is not the only company to have such a program. If not, then an industry wide problem may exist here. One commenter ... Read More »

                      Debt Settlement Providers Pocketed Money, Got Prison

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                      Houstonian Nathaniel Chilo, aka Nathaniel O’Neil, 23, now convicted in two separate debt relief scams, has been sentenced to prison again, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. Chilo entered a plea of guilty to wire fraud in relation to this case Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Today, U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal, who accepted the guilty plea, handed Chilo ... Read More »

                        Morgan Drexen and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

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                        I didn’t have a chance to write about this Morgan Drexen case the other day but I did discover it when I was writing this story. At first I thought it wasn’t even worth covering but the more I thought about it the more it seemed like a different type of suit against a debt relief company than we’ve seen ... Read More »

                          Poser Government Mailer Sells Debt Relief for LCG

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                          This self-mailer was sent in and it is clearly a deceptive piece in my eyes. The outside envelope clearly pretends to be a government mailer with the eagle and everything. It was sent from postal permit 507 in Santa Ana, California. An amazing reader FitGal sent in this new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. The ... Read More »

                            OneMain Financial Loan Offer Mailer

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                            Today I’m reviewing a loan offer mailer from OneMain Financial. This offer is for what appears to be a store front high interest rate lender. We shall see if that holds true as I go with this review. An amazing reader fitgal sent in a new debt relief mailer through my I Buy Junk Mail program. Top of First Page ... Read More »

                              Bankruptcy Filings Down in June 2013

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                              Bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2013, fell 13 percent when compared to bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2012, according to statistics released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. June 2013 bankruptcy filings totaled 1,137,978, compared to 1,311,602 bankruptcy cases filed in the 12-month period ending June 2012. This is ... Read More »

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