Don’t Get Scammed by Amazing Debt Settlement Claims

Ever hear of a deal that sounds too good to be true? That is probably because it is. Many people turn to debt settlement to solve credit and debt problems. They believe this is the answer to all of their questions, but be wary of which solution you choose.

Here are some facts about debt settlement companies:

1. Debt settlement companies often use misleading marketing ploys. They often advertise extreme results that are rarely ever achieved. It is common for these companies to use wording that can be misleading in their advertisements to draw you in. Be sure to get all of the facts straight, and if a company tries to deny you a service that they previously offered, then bring in proof of their offer.

2. Sales representatives typically work on commission. This often leads to promises of more than realistic outcomes. These representatives want to convince you to use their company, so that they will get paid more at the end of the month. They will entice you with verbal promises of being completely debt free within so many months, even though there is no true substance behind their claims.

3. Be sure to monitor the company you choose. Just because you are under a program to help with your debt issues, you may still run into problems. Some companies collect your money but do not immediately use your money to repay your loans. Collection calls will not necessarily stop from your lenders, you may still be sued for your debts, and your credit will still be negatively affected. Also, just because you have a debt settlement representative does not guarantee that your lender will agree to the terms.

Look into the company that you choose to represent you in your debt settlement. Check to see that the promises they make are possible and plausible. Consider talking to a credit counselor or someone who knows more about these issues before you make a final—possibly costly—decision.

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell

Ashley Russell is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is double majoring in Journalism and English with a minor in Information Systems. After she graduates in the spring of 2013, she hopes to continue to work for the UNC system. Her ultimate goal is to become a book editor. She recently worked as an intern at the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education in Raleigh, North Carolina, researching and writing articles, as well as building two new websites for college applicants and alumni. She now works for the Medical Foundation of North Carolina as an office assistant and web designer. She opens the office every morning and takes care of the daily tasks and scheduling. She also uses her down time at work to create fundraising web pages that benefit the hospitals in the UNC-Chapel Hill area.

Ashley Russell is a North Carolina native, hailing from Kings Mountain. She is a diehard Carolina fan who loves to watch her team play in any sport—a Tar Heel born and bred. She loves to read and write in her free time. Since high school, she has known she wanted to pursue a career that involved both reading and writing. However, she has recently discovered a love for computers, so she also hopes to incorporate them into her career. She spends her free time tutoring k-5 students in reading and writing in the Chapel Hill area. She is a second-year captain of a Relay for Life team and a participant in Dance Marathon 2011. She is also the online webmaster for the Blue & White magazine based out of Chapel Hill.
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