Many people claim to have been victimized by debt relief firms who immediately disappear after they have signed up with non-profit relief companies.
It is understandable for you to feel stressed out and frustrated over the huge debts that you are facing.
Nowadays, it is easier to find debt help companies online.
The challenging part in searching for these firms is that you have no way of differentiating the legal from the bogus ones.
This is where the possibility of being scammed can come in.
Many customers are fooled by the addition of the word "non-profit" before their name.
However, you need to be reminded that just because a company is "non-profit" is not an indication that they will offer free service.
Debt relief scams starts when you start paying fees and yet does not receive service.
You pay the company with money intended for paying to the creditor and yet the firm does not forward the payment to your creditors.
The consumer is then charged with a late fee and consequently your alleged default in payment is reflected on your credit report.
Do not let yourself be cheated by these companies.
Here are some safety measures that you can implement to protect yourself from being a victim of these bogus debt relief firms.
Shop and compare the fees and services of multiple companies.
Clear any doubts that you have in your mind.
If the firm is not able to answer your questions before you apply, it is unlikely that they will be able to address your problem after signing up as well.
Check with the Better Business Bureau.
Visit their website and see if the debt relief company you are considering is listed there.
Check out online reviews about the company.
Find out what their customers have to say about the service of the debt relief company.
Finally, read the terms and conditions before signing up.
Getting yourself out of debt entails being aware of the repercussions as well as of the background of the company you are considering.
This is your best defense against unscrupulous companies who are out to promote their best interests and not their customers.
These are just some of the steps you need to undertake to keep yourself from being a victim of debt relief scams.
By being vigilant and implementing all the necessary preventive measures, any attempt to go about with these relief scams will not progress.