Posts Tagged: ‘CFPB’

How Can I Verify Whether or Not a Debt Collector is Legitimate?

September 12, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Debt collection scams are becoming more difficult for Americans to detect. However, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) offers consumers a few ways to recognize a real debt collector from a scammer.

According to the CFPB, the first thing you should ask the caller is for their name, company name, street address, telephone number and professional licensing number. The next thing you should do is tell the caller is that you refuse to discuss any debt until you receive a “validation notice” in writing, which debt collectors are required to provide. An important thing to keep in mind is do not give out any personal or financial information to the caller until you have confirmed it is a legitimate debt collector.

Below are a few warning signs that could indicate a debt collection scam:

  • The caller threatens you with criminal charges. If the caller is a legitimate debt collector, they should not claim they will have you arrested.
  • The caller refuses to give you information about your debt. You have the right to ask a debt collector about the debt.
  • The caller is trying to collect a debt that you do not recognize. If you do not recognize the debt, this is a red flag, the caller might be involved in a scam.
  • The caller refuses to give you a mailing address or phone number for the company.
  • The caller asks you for sensitive personal financial information. Do not provide your financial or personal information unless you are certain the caller is legitimate.

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If you have any questions on this topic or are in financial crisis and considering filing for bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Regulators able to get $192 million in Student Loan Debt Settlement from Aequitas

September 5, 2017 Posted by kingcade

Aequitas Capital executives believed they had purchased a gold mine when they began buying student loans from Corinthian Colleges- instead, the debt proved to be the company’s downfall.  Following the for-profit college’s decent into bankruptcy and liquidation; Aequitas also collapsed amid accusations the company’s top execs were running a Ponzi scheme.

However, Aequitas continued to collect payments on the debt- until now. The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and several state attorneys general and the Aequitas receiver reached a deal in which about 41,000 former Corinthian students whose debt is held by Aequitas could get more than half- possibly all, of their debt eliminated.

In July 2015, Aequitas became a key ally and vital source of liquidity for Corinthian by buying massive amounts of student debt. By helping finance Corinthian’s in-house private loans, Aequitas enabled Corinthian to access billions in student loan money from the U.S. government.

The bureau recently filed a lawsuit against Aequitas as part of the settlement. It claims Aequitas employees privately expressed anxiety about the huge percentage of Corinthian students who were failing to make their loan payments. “With defaults this high, how can we defend our practices,” the unidentified employee wrote in a 2011 note.

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

CFPB Penalizes Mortgage Servicing Company with $1.15 million Fine for Illegal Foreclosure Practices

June 23, 2017 Posted by kingcade

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced it will fine Fay Servicing more than $1 million for illegal foreclosure practices.  An investigation found the mortgage servicing company was “keeping borrowers in the dark” about their foreclosure prevention options.

The Bureau stated, “Fay Servicing illegally launched or moved forward with the foreclosure process while borrowers were actively seeking help to save their homes.”  The investigation further unveiled that Fay Servicing violated the bureau’s mortgage servicing rules related to borrowers’ foreclosure rights.

The CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules state that servicers must keep borrowers informed about requirements, options, and rights throughout the process of applying for foreclosure relief.  In addition, the servicer must provide certain protections from foreclosure proceedings during the application process in certain cases.

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Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between whether or not you can keep your home. A well-qualified Miami foreclosure defense attorney will not only help you keep your home, but they will be able to negotiate a loan that has payments you can afford. Miami foreclosure defense attorney Timothy Kingcade has helped many facing foreclosure alleviate their stress by letting them stay in their homes for at least another year, allowing them to re-organize their lives. If you have any questions on the topic of foreclosure please feel free to contact me at (305) 285-9100. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

 

What Actually Happens When You Default on Your Student Loans

March 31, 2017 Posted by kingcade

According to the Department of Education, eight million Americans defaulted on their federal student loans last year. Approximately 1.1 million of those former students did so for the first time which is a U.S. high.

The former student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Rohit Chopra, told Time Magaizine, “In spite of a booming stock market and falling unemployment, there is obviously a significant block of the labor force that is really struggling.” He went on to say, “New college graduates and new entrants to the workforce are facing a double whammy of flat or declining wages and higher debt.”

Defaulting on student loans is a growing problem for millions of borrowers. As a result, it is important to understand the consequences of doing so. Here are three things you need to know about defaulting on a student loan:

  1. It is more serious than a late payment. In most cases, default occurs when a borrower has not made a payment in 270 days, which is roughly nine months. However, loans that are offered by the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFEL) are considered to be in default after 330 days or 11 months. When this happens, the entire balance of the loan and interest is due immediately and you lose any eligibility for deferment or forbearance, or any additional financial aid.
  2. Your credit score will drop. The federal government will report your student loan delinquency to credit agencies. If this happens, it will be a long and difficult process to rebuild.
  3. The federal government may garnish your wages. If you default on a federal student loan, the government may take money out of your paycheck before you even see it. Your tax refund can also be held to collect some of your debt. If the debt persists for long enough, the government can also take money out of your social security check. Fortune reported that more than $1 billion has been taken from social security checks since 2001.

 

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For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Phone Scam Targeting Student Loan Borrowers

February 9, 2017 Posted by kingcade

A phone scam promising to forgive borrowers’ student loans is making the rounds, again.  The scammer asks for an upfront fee to negotiate with the loan lender on your behalf, then takes the money and runs.

The best thing you can do if you are contacted, is to hang up the phone.  Student loans can be forgiven, but only under certain circumstances.  Here are some tips from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to help spot a student loan debt relief scam:

1.) Upfront fees. No upfront fees should ever be charged by a student loan debt relief company. In addition, you should not be required to sign a contract with the company. The CFPB notes that free assistance is available through your student loan servicer and advises that oftentimes taking upfront payment before debt relief services have been provided is illegal.

2.) Promises. Fraudulent student loan debt relief companies will promise borrowers loan forgiveness or even complete cancellation. The false promise of negotiating with your lender under federal student loan programs is a flat out lie.

3.) Signing documents. Student loan debt relief companies should not require that you sign a “third party authorization” or a “power of attorney.”

4.) Requests for your Federal Student Aid PIN: Borrowers should be extremely cautious of any student loan debt relief company that asks for this information. The CFPB states that, “honest companies will work with you to come up with a plan and will never use your PIN to access your student loan information.”

For borrowers who are struggling with student loan debt, relief options are available. Many student loan borrowers are unaware that they have rights and repayment options available to them, such as postponement of loan payments, reduction of payments or even a complete discharge of the debt. It is important you contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.

Related Resources:
http://www.wzzm13.com/money/beware-of-phone-scam-offering-student-loan-forgiveness/395483886

http://www.consumerfinancialserviceslawmonitor.com/2014/12/cfpb-issues-warning-to-consumers-and-springs-into-action-against-student-debt-relief-scams/