Feds Shut Down Debt Relief Companies That Only Relieved Customers Of Their Cash

Feds Shut Down Debt Relief Companies That Only Relieved Customers Of Their Cash

We occasionally have the TV turned on in the background here at the Consumerist Batcave, so we know that anyone in the market for a sketchy debt-relief firm has many, many options to avoid calling. But now there are a few fewer questionable companies littering the daytime airwaves because the Federal Trade Commission has halted the operations of four services that allegedly made false claims about being lawyers, debited money from people who did not actually order the services — oh, and failed to get any significant debt relief for the customers that actually signed up. [More]

5 Warning Signs To Look For When Choosing A Debt Relief Firm

5 Warning Signs To Look For When Choosing A Debt Relief Firm

With many Americans still weighed down by debt, there seem to be an endless number of firms out there offering to help save people from the quicksand. Alas, not all of these people are completely on the up-and-up. [More]

White House Wants Mortgage Firms To Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

White House Wants Mortgage Firms To Help Homeowners Avoid Foreclosure

An Obama administration plan calls for the 14 largest mortgage companies to contribute to a federal fund that would help distressed homeowners avoid foreclosures. [More]

40 States Ask FTC To Crack Down On Debt Relief Companies

40 States Ask FTC To Crack Down On Debt Relief Companies

Attorneys general in 40 states just asked the FTC to step up the fight against debt relief companies that mislead and overcharge consumers, like Credit Solutions of America (CSA), reports Consumer Affairs.