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Eliminate Debt, Watch Out for Scams

Aug 5, 2008
Millions of people search for help with eliminating their debt problems online. However, research into many of the websites aimed at "helping" people with their debt shows that many of these sites are actually misinformed, misleading, or outright scams. Read on to find out some of the things to avoid when you are searching for help with eliminating your debt.

The number one outright scams on the web right now when it comes to debt help are sites claiming that you can "legally" cancel your debt. These sites claim that you can get out of paying anything at all. Most of these websites use twisted logic and conspiracy theories to justify their methods. Of course, this sounds too good to be true because it is. These sites are simply outright lies.

Another problem those seeking help will run into is companies using misleading advertising. These companies are not generally outright scams or rip offs, but they can be very misleading. For example, many debt settlement companies advertise under "debt consolidation," but a debt settlement program is not really consolidation at all! Furthermore, many debt settlement companies do not fully inform customers what exactly they are getting into.

There is one fairly common tactic used in debt elimination scams that is probably the most trouble of all: seemingly legitimate companies advertising seemingly legitimate services, while actually ripping customers off. This is by far the largest problem when it comes to getting help with eliminating debt online. Not only do they fool unsuspecting companies, but they cause the general public to become untrusting of the honest, legitimate companies who do provide helpful services to customers who need help in eliminating their debt.

While it is important to use extreme caution when searching for legitimate help with your debt, do not be discouraged by the unscrupulous companies online. There are still many companies who provide valuable, helpful services and give honest advice to consumers who are in need of help. The important thing is to learn how to sepArate the legitimate companies from the shady ones.

The first thing you should always do before working with a company is do your research. Learn a little about the company. Call and speak to an employee and ask a lot of questions. Make sure the organization does not have a poor record with the Better Business Bureau.

Finally, make sure that you use a little common sense. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is, so ask a lot of questions. Proceed carefully, and you may find the help you need to eliminate your debt once and for all.
About the Author
M. Carter is an accredited credit counselor and has been helping people eliminate debt for over 15 years. Be sure to check out his site to learn more about how you can get out of debt without getting scammed.
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