Put a Fork in NASCO Suit Against the CFPB

It appears the suit filed by the National Association of Credit Services Organizations (NASCO) against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is kaput. This saga began about 10 months ago when NASCO was trying to raise money from members to sue the CFPB and rid the credit repair industry of the irritating Telemarketing Sales Rules … Read more

FTC Amends Telemarketing Rule to Ban Payment Methods Used by Scammers

Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved final amendments to its Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), including a change that will help protect consumers from fraud by prohibiting four discrete types of payment methods favored by con artists and scammers. “Con artists like payments that are tough to trace and hard for … Read more

Transcontinental Warranty Fake Auto-Service Warranties Lands Execs In Prison

After pitching $40 million in fake auto-service warranties two former telemarketing executives are sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000 each. Christopher Cowart and Cris Sagnelli of Florida pleaded guilty last December to federal fraud charges arising out of the telemarketing sales practices of Transcontinental Warranty, a Florida company selling so … Read more

FTC Releases New Guide: Debt Relief Services & the Telemarketing Sales Rule: What People Are Asking

I just got word from the FTC they released a new guide to help people understand the new telemarketing sales rule for debt relief products. You’ll find the guide below. You’ll also find that it helps to clarify the rule and slams the door closed on some of the ways people were trying to evade … Read more

FTC Wants Your Feedback on New Regulations on Debt Settlement and Debt Relief Services

In an ongoing effort to better protect financially distressed consumers, the Federal Trade Commission is seeking public comment on proposed rules to combat deceptive and abusive telemarketing of debt relief services – services that purportedly can reduce consumers’ credit card and other unsecured debt. In the Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) announced today, the Commission … Read more