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Mortgage Assistance Programs Mailer – Watch Out

It is amazing to watch the same old sales pitches for debt relief come back around and claim to be new. A wonderful reader sent in this mailer for the New 2019 Mortgage Assistance Programs. This mailer was sent to me through my I Buy Junk Mail program. If you have junk mail you’d like … Read more

The Jefferson Legal Group in California Says They Can Modify Our Mortgage

Question: Dear Steve, We live in MN and have a first mortgage $273,000 and a second mortgage $37,000. The value of our house is maybe $250,000. Our interest rate is 4.5%. Our real estate taxes are separate from our mortgage payment not rolled in. We are talking to a debt arbitration company: The Jefferson Legal … Read more

Mortgage Relief Marketers & Danielson Law Group Settle With FTC

A group of Utah-based defendants claiming to be legal experts in loan modifications have settled Federal Trade Commission charges that they broke the law by conning consumers into paying hefty fees for worthless mortgage relief services. The five proposed orders settling the FTC’s charges ban the defendants, led by Philip J. Danielson and his company, … Read more

Mortgage Relief Marketers Now a Half Million Dollars Lighter

A federal district court in Southern California has ordered a judgment of nearly $515,000 against Mark Nagy Atalla, a defendant in a 2013 Federal Trade Commission action targeting deceptive mortgage and debt relief pitches. The court imposed the judgment after finding Atalla had hid assets and misrepresented his financial condition to the agency. The judgment … Read more

Mortgage Relief Scams Pay Millions to FTC

The South Florida-based defendants in an alleged mortgage relief scam will surrender their assets and be banned permanently from providing mortgage relief and debt relief services to consumers under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. This settlement represents the FTC’s largest judgment to date against a purported mortgage assistance relief provider. In 2012, as … Read more

FTC Nails American Mortgage Consulting Group and The Debt School

Bitch Slap

The defendants in two separate alleged scams have settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission and will be banned from providing mortgage- and debt-relief services. The cases are part of the FTC’s continuing crackdown on scams targeting consumers in financial distress, including debt relief and credit repair scams, and mortgage relief scams. American Mortgage Consulting … Read more

Defendants in Dominican Mortgage Assistance Scam that Allegedly Defrauded Spanish-Speaking U.S. Homeowners Settle FTC Charges

Telemarketers Who Allegedly Falsely Claimed Affiliation with Federal Mortgage Assistance Programs Are Banned from Mortgage Assistance Business As part of its continuing crackdown on scams that target consumers in financial distress, the Federal Trade Commission obtained a settlement order resolving charges against a nationwide scam operating from the Dominican Republic and banning the defendants from … Read more

Details on Florida Attorney General Lawsuit Against Fidelity Land Trust, Ed Cherry, Larry Diodato and Others

Update – September 27, 2019 Today I received the following email purportedly on behalf of Paul Gellenbeck. “We are respectfully at this time contacting you on behalf of our client Mr. Paul Gellenbeck, with respect to your URL posting as listed hereinbelow. We are at this time making a respectful request for you to REMOVE … Read more

CFPB Sues Lawyer and Law Office for Loan Modification Services

It appears the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, under Enforcement Director, Kent Markus, is finally taking the gloves off and going after debt relief groups. This action moves against a law firm and lawyer that was working with outside parties to sell advanced fee loan modification and foreclosure resue services. According to Loeb & Loeb, “The … Read more

Mortgage Assistance Scam Targets U.S. Consumers But Operates From Dominican Republic

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted a nationwide scam operating from the Dominican Republic – but pretending to be in Chicago – that allegedly peddled fake mortgage assistance relief to financially distressed Spanish-speaking homeowners in the United States. The defendants promised to dramatically lower homeowners’ monthly mortgage … Read more

Forensic Mortgage Loan Audit Scam Kicked in Nuts by FTC

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has halted an operation that allegedly preyed on financially vulnerable homeowners, convincing them to pay $1,995 or more by holding out bogus promises that they could help them avoid foreclosure and renegotiate their mortgages. The complaint was filed against Consumer Advocates Group, Paramount … Read more