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Victory and Disappointment for the Debt World Today: Total Debt Falls While Harassment Complaints Rise

CNN Money’s recent article, “Debt collectors get nasty” showed some real insight into the current debt collection process in this country. They touched on information reported by the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, about the number of complaints of debt collector harassment issues on the rise. Apparently these debt collectors haven’t heard of a little thing called the “Fair Debt Collection ... Read More »

    Andrew Houser from TASC Pleads With FTC, “Please Don’t Ban Upfront Advance Debt Settlement Fees.”

    Andrew Houser from Freedom Debt Relief and board member of The Association of Settlement Companies (TASC) recently sent a letter to the FTC pleading that banning advance fees would hurt consumers. I know, how funny and unbelievable is that? Apparently what TASC can’t get through their head is that there is no good reason why consumers should continue to be ... Read More »

      TASC and USOBA Slammed Again by Attorney Generals’ Office to FTC

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      This record of a conference call was just recently placed on the public record. That call occurred on June 30, 2010. On Monday, June 28,2010, representatives from the Attorney General offces of Ilinois, North Carolina, and Texas participated in a telephone conference with FTC Commissioner Rosch, his attorney advisor, and FTC staff members to discuss the proposed debt relief amendments ... Read More »

        Texas Attorney General Office Speaks Up to FTC to Please Ban Advance Fees

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        In a recent article I covered how debt settlement trade associations had returned to the FTC to make their pitch that banning advance fees for debt settlement services was a rotten idea. You can read that article here. A couple of weeks after the trade associations had slogged up to the FTC offices, and after the consumer groups had made ... Read More »

          Do It Yourself Guide to Credit Reports: 10 Ways to Improve Your Credit

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          So your credit’s not so hot. A few late payments, maybe an account or two that went to collections. What’s the big deal? As you’ve probably found out, it may be a very big deal. You’ve probably already been turned down for the best credit cards and maybe you’ve had trouble getting a car loan. Perhaps you’ve even put off ... Read More »

            How to Make the Debt Collector Do What You Want

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            When you are in debt, sometimes you may feel that you are a “sitting duck” waiting for the debt collector to call. What you may not realize, however, is that there are laws which protect debtors from collection practices that you may find troublesome or harassing. The federal Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (hereafter referred to as “FDCPA”) and other ... Read More »

              85% of Debt Settlement Companies May Be Closing Soon and Taking Your Money With Them

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              There is no doubt that the workshops and hearings by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are going to result in changes that will significantly impact the debt settlement industry. The FTC has been carefully looking into the industry and is disgusted with the actions of many companies. These would be the companies that charge large up-front fees to consumers, collect ... Read More »

                Florida Attorney General Wants Debt Settlement Companies to Put Up Before You Pay Up

                Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum today announced that he has co-sponsored a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking it to amend a federal rule that would require debt relief service companies to provide services before collecting any fees. The letter was also sponsored by the Attorneys General of Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. Debt relief is an umbrella term ... Read More »

                  Watch Video About Inside Business Opportunity Fraud

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                    American Credit Experts and Legal Credit Repair Center Settles With FTC Over Credit Repair Infractions

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                    A federal court has ordered a credit repair operation and its principals to stop making false claims and requiring advance payment for credit repair services. See the court order here. The agreed-upon court orders are a result of a settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and the “credit repair” defendants. The Commission sued the defendants in October 2008 as part ... Read More »

                      Expert Testimony Worth Reading on H.R. 2309 the Consumer Credit Protection Act (Debt Settlement Industry Regulation)

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                      The Consumer Credit and Protection Act was recently introduced in the House of Representatives to specifically address issues in some industries, including debt settlement. As boring as it sounds, I was actually reading the testimony of the expert witnesses at the recent committee meeting on the bill and found the segment below to be of specific interest. It appears that ... Read More »

                        Reforms Recommended for Debt Collectors and Debt Collection Industry

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                        The Federal Trade Commission issued a report today recommending that the debt collection legal system be reformed and modernized to reflect changes in consumer debt, the debt collection industry, and technology. The report describes the changes the FTC believes will provide better consumer protection without unduly burdening the debt collection industry. The Commission also issued its 31st annual report to ... Read More »

                          Federal Trade Commission Should Allow For-Profit Credit Counseling and Debt Settlement Firms to Assist All Consumers

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                          I understand that the Federal Trade Commission has been looking into regulating the debt settlement industry. I feel the time has come to finally address the needs of consumers for representation in credit counseling and debt settlement matters. I have provided a statement to the FTC in order to support the acceptance and regulation of for-profit credit counseling and debt ... Read More »

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