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The Credit Game University

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Credit Repair Services - Advance Fee

14286 Beach Blvd Suite 19-207
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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(904) 420-7772

http://www.creditgameu.com

Company Rating

F

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Complaint Experience

33%

Complaint Resolution Index (CRI)

3 complaints closed in last 3 years.

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Complaints and Resolutions

Total Amount in Dispute:
$5,600.00

Total Amount Settled:
$0.00

Complaint Experience

33%

Complaint Resolution Index (CRI)

BCA's Summary and Analysis:

Our complaint history for this company shows that the company responded to and gave proper consideration to most complaints. However, some complaints are unresolved meaning the company failed to properly address the complaint allegations or their response was inadequate.
However, the company failed to respond to one complaint.

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Complaint Closing Statistics

3 complaints against The Credit Game University closed in last 3 years.
Complaints Type of response
0 Making a full refund, as the consumer requested
0 Making a partial refund
0 Agreed to make an adjustment
0 Refusing to make an adjustment
2 Refuse to adjust, relying on terms of agreement
1 Unanswered

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Company Info

This company's business is credit repair services - advance fee.

Primary Contact: Michael Rando (President & CEO)
Business Started: N/A
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Licensing

California law requires that companies advertising or offering to improve your credit record, history, or rating must be registered with the Attorney General's Office as a Credit Services Organization and post a $100,000 bond.

To verify registration and bonding, contact the Office of the Attorney General by writing to; DOJ. Attn. Public Inquiry Unit, P.O. Box 944255, Sacramento, CA. 94244, by calling (916) 322-3360, faxing (916) 323-5341, or visit their website at www.oag.ca.gov.

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Government Actions

Agency: Federal Trade Commission (FTC)Washington
Description:

On May 2, 2022 the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a Complaint for Permanent Injunction, Monetary Relief, and Other Relief against The Credit Game and its owners, Michael and Valerie Rando for allegedly operating an illegal credit repair organization. The company charged consumers hundreds and even thousands of dollars for credit repair services that yielded little or no results. The business is said to have made over $15 million selling illegal credit repair services and business opportunities. The FTC asked the court to immediately halt the company’s illegal operations, appoint a receiver, and freeze the company’s assets. On May 3, 2022, the court issued a temporary restraining order against the business and its owners.


According to the complaint the Randos through there credit repair business used deceptive and misleading tactics and violated the law. The allegations include:


  • Deceptive marketing: The defendants mislead and lied to consumers in numerous ways about whether their products are legal and effective, and about their guaranteed refund policy.

  • Credit piggybacking: The complaint alleges that the business marketed a practice known as credit piggybacking. In a piggybacking scheme, a consumer seeking to raise their credit scores pays to be added as an “authorized user” to a credit card account belonging to someone with higher credit. While they are shown as an “authorized user” they do not have actual access to the account or line of credit.

  • Filing false identity theft reports: The Credit Game filed thousands of false identity theft reports with the FTC on behalf of consumers in an effort to remove accurate negative information from consumer’s credit reports, an illegal practice.

  • Bogus business opportunity: The also sold consumers’ phony business opportunities making “tens of thousands” of dollars monthly that consist of reselling The Credit Game’s unlawful credit repair services to others. The business urged people to use their COVID-19 relief benefits to buy the supposed opportunity.

  • Illegal advance fees: The business charges illegal upfront fees for credit repair services. They often used high-pressure sales tactics and failed to give consumers required information before they are pressured to buy.

The FTC’s investigation also found that the business had purchased a tradeline database from William Airy and BMS, Inc., an entity that was sued by the FTC for operating a bogus credit repair scheme in 2020. The Randos were aware of the FTC’s investigation into Airy and BMS when they bought the tradeline database.


Full details of the FTC Complaint are available here.



Date of Action: 5/2/2022

Comments and Analysis

Our experience with similar offers is that they advertise various credit services which they claim are designed to provide assistance to consumers with poor credit histories to improve their rating by removing negative items or creating a new credit file.
However, clients of these types of offers generally complain that their credit histories do not improve, that they are unable to contact the company making the offer, and ultimately that refunds for failing to provide the promised services are not provided.

By law, information stays on your credit report for seven to 10 years. Accurate negative information can only be removed by with cooperation of your creditors, and this usually involves paying all or some of the debt. If you believe your credit report contains erroneous information, you may dispute the entry by calling or writing the the credit reporting agency. While in dispute, the negative item may be removed temporarily from your report, however it will be added on again if determined to be valid.

According to California Law, it is unlawful for any entity offering to improve or repair your credit to charge fees in advance of performing those services, even if properly registred and bonded with the California Attorney General's Office.

For businesses outside of California, please check with the agency that regulates this industry.

Other Considerations

We know of no other matter or practice relating to this company that may assist you in your consideration of this company.

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Websites:
There are no additional web sites.

Contacts:

Customer Service
Mike Singles
Val Rando
Val Singles
Valarie Rando

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