Student loan debt is a major problem for many Americans. At times, it can seem like the debt will never go away. For many young borrowers who are barely able to make their payments, the thought of having their debts completely forgiven seems too good to be true.
Some borrowers are falling prey to companies who reach out to them via email or telephone, informing them that they have the relief that the borrower so desperately needs. These companies are telling the borrowers that they can work with them on a repayment plan or even offer complete student loan forgiveness. Some of these companies have been so bold as to state that they are associated with the U.S. Department of Education.
One such company, calling themselves the United Students of America, is contacting student loan borrowers and telling them that in exchange for paying them every month, the borrower can stop paying the student loan provider. In exchange, a representative from the company will work with the student loan provider to forgive the entire student loan. Sounds too good to be true, right? That is because it is.
These companies, masking themselves as “loan forgiveness programs” are taking advantage of individuals who are already in a very vulnerable financial state. They know that the borrowers are desperate for any type of relief and will say all of the right words just to get what they want.
The company, the United Students of America, has a disclaimer on their site stating that they do not negotiate, adjust or settle debts. However, unless the borrower were to know to look up this information in advance, he or she would be relying on whatever sales pitch is being given to him or her at the time. All they need is for the other person on the phone to believe them enough to give them their financial information.
It is always recommended that a borrower work directly with the student loan provider for any repayment programs. Always do your research into the company contacting you before making any decisions. Lastly, if a company is calling you directly, stating they have the solution to your student loan problems, chances are they are trying to sell some type of a scam.
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