Debt Cures: Does Kevin Trudeau Make Money or Sense? Part 7: Correction of Errors

05 Apr Debt Cures: Does Kevin Trudeau Make Money or Sense? Part 7: Correction of Errors

Part 7 of my review of Kevin Trudeau’s book, Debt Cures They Don’t Want You to Know examines Chapter 12: Two Magic Words x 3. The purpose of the review is to examine whether Trudeau, who has had extensive involvement with credit card fraud and the Federal Trade Commission for some of his previous books, makes any sense in this latest self-help promotion or is he making money selling empty promises.

Trudeau speaks about the hassles faced by some consumers when trying to correct errors on their credit report. He discusses three sets of words to use when dealing with the credit reporting agencies: discharged debt, identity theft, and limitations statute.

Discharged debt: Trudeau is correct that following a bankruptcy your credit report should reflect that the unsecured debt is now discharged–with a “zero” balance. The November 2007 issue of BusinessWeek article, “Prisoners of Debt” which Trudeau uses to explain the problem–features bankruptcy clients with a creditor attempted to collect a discharged debt.More often than not, however, it is not the credit report that is the problem–but rather a debt collector attempting to collect the debt. Why? Because it is profitable and folks will pay.

Trudeau mentions that it is possible to go back to bankruptcy court and hold the creditor reporting a balance after a bankruptcy in contempt of court.At this time, that procedure may or may not be possible, depending on which judicial district the consumer lives in. If not bankruptcy court, there is always the option of federal district court (which Trudeau doesn’t mention).

Identity theft: Trudeau explains that it is important to monitor one’s credit report carefully and check for unknown accounts which suddenly show up. He explains that there are many ways for criminals to steal a consumer’s identity and it is important that the consumer dispute the debt using those words.

Limitations statute: Trudeau refers the reader back to an earlier chapter. My concern with the earlier chapter was that the statute of limitations for each state varies and changes with each particular kind of transaction, for example, open account, charge card, contract, utilities, or a Uniform Commercial Code transaction.

Part 1 of my review examines the first three chapters of Kevin Trudeau’s book, Debt Cures They Don’t Want You to Know. (gets an “okay” rating)

  • Part 2 of my review dissects Chapter 4 of the book (gets a warning of “Get legal advice from a lawyer in your own state”).
  • Part 3 of my review deals with Chapter 5 of the book (gets a warning of “Get legal advice before following Trudeau’s advice”)
  • Part 4 of my review examines Chapter6, as Trudeau discusses how to cut your credit card rate. (gets a “doesn’t hurt to try it; don’t expect it”).
  • Part 5 of my review examines Chapter 7: Fighting Back. (gets an okay rating).
  • Part 6 of my review examines Chapters8-11: Credit Score (gets “good information”)
  • Part 7 of my review discusses Chapter 12: Credit Reporting Errors (gets mixed review as he repeats bad information (discussed earlier in Part 3) but generally good information).
  • Part 8 of my review examines Chapter 13: Student Loans (gets generally good review)
  • Part 9 of my review discusses Chapter 14: Home is Where The Start Is (gets nearly failing grade)
  • Part 10 of my review examines Chapter 15: No Bankruptcy (gets failing grade/adds shame)
  • Part 11 of my review examines Chapter 16: Big Business (credit card industry)(gets A grade for giving information)
  • Part 12 of my review discusses the information presented in Chapter 17: Stealing Candy from Babies (gets okay rating for giving information)
  • Part 13 of my review examines Chapter 18: Three Ring Circus (gets failing grade for repeating information already provided)
  • Part 14 of my review examines Chapter 19: Slaying the Dragon (gets A grade for giving the math on how long it takes to pay off a 20% credit card with a balance of $8000 with just minimum payments….FIFTEEN YEARS!!!
  • Part15 of my review examines chapter 20: Stopping Debt Collectors Cold (gets a failing grade for some good information and then followed by really bad advice: scary!)
  • Part 15B of my review goes into more detail about what was scary about Chapter 20.
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I'm a consumer protection lawyer in Oregon, working with people in Klamath; Lake; Jackson; Josephine; Curry; and Deschutes County. I speak regularly on bankruptcy and consumer protection issues nationwide.
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