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8/10/2010 6:08 AM (PST)

Hello,

Has anyone dealt with MLG law group, address is 385 S Lemon Avenue, Walnut, CA 91789. This is a debt settlement program. Please advise

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8/10/2010 9:07 AM (PST)

Patricia,

I linked their BBB report above their question for you to view. They have an F rating. Per their BBB report:

Most complainants allege the company fails to provide legal services as promised. A few complainants allege the company fails to provide debt negotiation services and does not contact their creditors at all. Many complainants allege the company fails to keep promises that creditors will not call, but creditors continue to call and many of them file lawsuits against the clients. Other complainants allege the company debits money from their accounts prior to agreed upon dates, or that they fail to provide bankruptcy services or divorce services as promised.

They also have 21 reviews,some appear to look like plants from the company, but you may view them for yourself.

I urge you to check out the article on debt settlement posted in our "New Scams" section before you do anything, please. The article provides some in-depth info on this industry and you should be aware of the proposed rules on fees and disclosures that the FTC is considering for the debt settlement industry.

Most of these types of companies appear to operate as a referral agency to various law firms or other companies for debt settlement leads so they are not the company you would end up doing business with. These referral arrangements are “pay to play” deals, meaning that the referring agency receives some sort of consideration by the law firms for their referrals. This is a whole issue in and of itself, but more importantly, if you have read any previous posts here you will know that the experience of the BBB with debt settlement firms has been decidedly negative. Most people who complain about these companies state that their debts weren't negotiated, they were told to stop making payments, and the result is that they're in worse shape than when they started. Many are sued and are forced to file bankruptcy to rid themselves of the lawsuits.

There are many reasons why the debt settlement industry is under scrutiny by the FBI, Secret Service, State Attorney Generals, and other financial crime regulators. This industry is rife with companies using predatory fee models and deceptive advertising. Don't fall for the ads that are all over television: they are produced by slick third party lead generators and oftentimes if you call the phone number you see on TV you will be speaking with the lead generator who will screen your call for distribution to any referral receiver who will pay. The FTC’s proposed rules will shut down the industry as it stands today - for good reason.

Have you tried a nonprofit credit counselor? Check out www.nfcc.org to be connected to a local accredited agency and also check out their "Debt Settlement Consumer Alert". Their national hotline is 800-388-2227.

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