Attorney General McGraw Announces Settlement to Hand Over Rogue GI Website to Veterans Affairs

West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw announced today that the rogue website “GIBill.com” will be transferred to the control of the Department of Veterans Affairs and $2.5 million will be paid to states by the website’s owner as part of a consumer protection settlement with 20 state attorneys general in a bipartisan, multistate enforcement action. … Read more

I’ve Got Three Kids, Falling Behind, Unemployed and Have a Lot of Debt. – Kevin

“Dear Lewis, Here’s my situation. My name is Kevin, I am married with 3 kids. My story began when my wife and I tried to restructure our finances by applying for Obama’s mortgage modification program. The irony is we didn’t need to, but we were told that we qualified and figured, if we could save … Read more

I Have an Account With HSBC And They Don’t Want to Settle. – Arvin

Arvin “Dear Steve, I opened an account with HSBC in 2004 for $1,600. I have been making my monthly payments even more than the minimum monthly payment required. However, due to my current financial hardship, I was not able to pay monthly. The interest rate is 23.80% and penalties kept adding to my account in … Read more

My Parents Were Sued by Landlords Mortgage Company. – Jacob

Jacob “Dear Steve, My parents were sued by a mortgage company that took over the house they lived at (almost a year ago). The landlord at the time went with my parents to court. She agreed to pay the settlement ($2400). We got her to sign an agreement with her saying that she would pay … Read more

Lawyers Lose Licenses Over Debt Relief. Dangerous Waters For All.

This has been a growing story over 2008 but I think it is a good example of the perils that consumers face when trying to get out of debt. We already have been ingrained to not trust credit counselors by the flurry of activity as the IRS targeted credit counselors a few years ago. But … Read more