Anyone who has had or is having financial trouble has experienced the nightmare of the collection companies. Many ignore the law (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) by calling before 8:00 am or after 9:00 pm, plus numerous other acts done for the sole purpose of bullying the consumer.

Illegal Credit Repair Schemes – Prime Credit & Prime Law Experts

CFPB TAKES ACTION AGAINST CREDIT REPAIR COMPANIES FOR CHARGING ILLEGAL FEES AND MISLEADING CONSUMERS Companies and Individuals to Pay More Than $2 Million in Penalties and Relinquished Funds 6/27/17 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed two complaints and proposed final judgments in federal court against four California-based credit repair companies and three individuals […]

Deceptive Marketing – Lexington Law

Lexington Law and CreditRepair.com 5/2/19 – The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) filed a complaint for deceptive and abusive telemarketing acts or practices against PGX Holdings Inc. and subsidiaries Progrexion Marketing Inc., Progrexion Teleservices Inc., eFolks LLC, and CreditRepair.com Inc.; and against John C. Heath, Attorney at Law PLLC, which does business as Lexington Law.

Fake Credit Repair Scheme – FTC Cracking Down

June 21, 2019 – At the Federal Trade Commission’s request, a federal court has temporarily halted and frozen the assets of Grand Teton Professionals, an alleged credit repair scheme that charged illegal upfront fees and falsely claimed to repair consumers’ credit.

Debt Collectors Cannot Yell, Curse or Threaten You

There are Rules Governing Debt Collectors Debtor collectors are not allowed to call you before 8 am or after 9 pm (your time zone, not the caller’s).  They cannot yell, swear, use crude language or threaten you in any way or do anything else that could be seen as harassment.  Nor can they threaten to […]

What is Debt Settlement?

Reprint from Consumer Affairs Desperate consumers enter into these agreements without fully understanding how they work. Generally, debt relief or debt settlement companies offer a service to debt-burdened consumers to intervene with creditors–in most cases credit card companies–and secure a lower payoff amount. Often, desperate consumers enter into these agreements without fully understanding how they […]

Freedom Debt Relief Sued for Violating Federal Law

By Mark Huffman, Reprint from Consumer Affairs (11/9/17)  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) alleges the company charges consumers without settling their debts, requires them to negotiate their own settlements, provides misleading information about fees and services and does not inform consumers of their right to money they deposit.

Discharge vs Automatic Stay and Credit Reporting

The Automatic Stay v. the Bankruptcy Discharge The Fair Credit Reporting Act “FCRA” and the Bankruptcy Code deal with debt differently and this difference can become confusing for everyone, including experienced bankruptcy attorneys.  For instance, the legal status of a debt changes as a bankruptcy moves to conclusion. 

Navient’s Latest Student Loan Scam

Misrepresenting the order in which the company would apply extra loan payments and failing to properly discharge federal student debt for borrowers with a total and permanent disability.

National Credit Adjusters, LLC (NCA) & Hochstein Guilty of Consumer Fraud

Company and Its Former CEO Engaged In Illegal Debt Collection Practices (Reprint from CFPB announcement 7/13/18) The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) announced a settlement with National Credit Adjusters, LLC (NCA), a privately-held company headquartered in Hutchinson, Kansas, and its former CEO and part-owner, Bradley Hochstein. Frequent unlawful debt collection acts and practices that […]

Some Defenses to Private Student Loan Collections

There are two types of student loans – federal and private. Federal loans have some protections for the lenders that private student loans do not.  Every month lawsuits are filed by the thousands, many that are invalid, but if the borrower does not respond the court has no option but to award a judgment for […]