Debt consolidator makes hay from financial crisis by preying on the poor: US Federal Trade Commission complaints on Morgan Drexen

PDF: http://88.80.13.160.nyud.net/leak/morgan-dexrex-complaints-2009.pdf

July 16, 2009
Summary

The 2008 financial crisis left many in the United States with substantial debts and dwindling incomes. Into this void stepped “debt consolidators” such as Morgan Drexen, who promise to negotiate lower repayments with creditors; “give us your money and we’ll deal with the banks”, they say. But what happens when people do?

They conviced [my mother] that she’d be relieved of some of the debt on her credit card. By paying them a monthly payment that was even lower than the card was billing her, they would start a trust account and make an offer to Chase at some time in the future but set her up on a 48 month plan to pay 166.88 with 45 each month being their fee. After she had paid 810 the trust would start to build. The attorney representing her sent a “cease an desist” order to Chase. She was not even deliquent on the card until Morgan Drexen got involved. Within 3 months Chase had increased the interest rate from 3.99 to 29%. This started 01/08….they scammed her. She was 78.

This company was to negotiate my credit card debts with 4 credit card companies. They were also to set up a payment plan so that over a 3 year period, my debt would be paid to those companies. I was told to inform those companies I hired Morgan Drexen to negotiate the debt… Those credit card companies harrassed me at work and in essence informed me that they do no business with Morgen Drexen because they’re frauds. I was then introduced to the Federal Trade Commission website, which directed me to the Attorney General which supported the claim of fraud.

The attached file contains hundreds of similar complaints about Morgan Drexen submitted by consumers to the United States Federal Trade Commission. Consumers who are approached by Morgan Drexen should carefully consider the contents of these complaints.

The file was obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Consumers could gain access to the information in this file if they submitted a Freedom of Information Act request themselves. The problem is that the people who need this information the most are not likely to take such a step. Even if they were to do so, the information would come too late to be helpful to them.

The FTC will not comment about Morgan Drexen on the phone because of an “ongoing investigation”.

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