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Post by Cybus » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:11 pm
I'm not sure this is the correct place to post this and if it is, please feel free to move it to the appropriate section. I place it here as it in my opinion relates to a company I would call an EIIR trawler.
The OFT have just issued the following statement re the above.

The OFT has imposed requirements on three associated companies, The B ankruptcy P rotection F und Limited, Consolidated Finance Limited and Alpha Mortgages Manchester Limited, to improve these companies' practices when offering bankruptcy annulment services to customers.

Bankruptcies can be annulled by a court in certain circumstances, including when bankruptcy debts and expenses of the bankruptcy have been paid off in full or guaranteed to the satisfaction of the court. Some businesses offer recently bankrupted homeowners a short-term loan secured on their property in order to repay all such debts and expenses and enable them to seek to annul the bankruptcy.

An OFT investigation found that the three companies had not been transparent in their dealings with customers and failed to adequately outline the risks involved. The companies had also misled consumers about cancellation rights and, in one instance, failed adequately to take account of the needs of a consumer with limited mental capacity.

The requirements imposed set out that the companies must ensure that:

advertising material explains the commercial nature and costs of the service and consumers are made fully aware of the links between the companies
before entering into a contract, consumers are given clear and accurate information about the short-term loan offered, and that obtaining a mortgage or re-mortgage is not guaranteed
before entering into a contract, consumers are given accurate information on the cost of the service and adequate warnings about the nature of the service, including that the consumers property could be repossessed in the event of non-payment of the loan
before entering into a contract, consumers are informed of their right to cancel the agreement
they do not provide bankruptcy annulment services where there remain doubts about a consumer's capacity to understand the information provided.
Ray Watson, Director of the OFT's Consumer Credit Group, said:

'Bankrupt people are in a vulnerable position. They need to be given full and clear information about any offer that is made to them. These requirements make it clear that the OFT expects full transparency and fairness from this sector, to make sure that consumers are not misled and do not find themselves placed in a worse financial situation.'
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Post by kallis3 » Wed Dec 08, 2010 4:52 pm
I'm glad someone is doing something at last. It's about time these companies were made to be transparant.

Having said that, the Insolvency Register has been down now for several weeks and no sign of it coming back online.
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Post by MelanieGiles » Wed Dec 08, 2010 11:20 pm
A step in the right direction - and good to see the OFT starting to be proactive in this arena. Other firms should take heed if they are operating under the same cloak.
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Post by aikens » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:25 pm
Good thing OFT is taking action before the situation getting worst. Wrong information can lead to trouble.
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