STOP and read EVERYTHING you are signing - Debt Stoppers

Branch / Location of Complaint: Debtstoppers offices of Robert J. Semrad

PLEASE read. They are true crooks. I went to DebtStoppers to seek advise about filing a bankruptcy because I had an apartment charge on my credit that total $7000 and a tax lien from the Dept of Revenue.They advised me that it was best I file a Chapter 13 to stop the harassment. I took their advice and filed. True enough their fees were $3500 in which they make that seem like pennies. I filed last year Feb. Come to find out the apartment complex didn’t file a claim against me which left me with the tax lien and a few small bills totaling $3000. After paying over $2200 in attorney fees, I decided to dismiss the case last month.

Well, yesterday, I received a call in my office from a Pierre Porter and David Lazono from their firm insisting I pay the remaining balance of $1200 to them or there would be serious consequences. THIS WAS TOTALLY NOT EXPLAINED when I dismissed the bankruptcy last month. If it was, I would have given it more thought because why would anyone in their right mind choose to sign an agreement that says if the case if dismissed for any reason you still owe the $3500 regardless if you dismiss it voluntarily. I guess I wasn’t in my right mind when they were coercing me into signing the paperwork last year as I was filing.

They are a total ripoff and you’re right, there were so many blacks in their office and at the hearing. It was shameful but I fell into the trap and will forever regret it.

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I have had NO problems w/this firm–I had old debt from when I was laid off and when i called the creditor to try to work something out–they tried to say I had a credit card and there was no way during the time I was laid off anyone would give me a credit card–a bogus 3500.00. however, I was still willing to pay just to get them off of me. Debtstoppers saved the day for me and I have no regrets. They were nice and I KNEW what I wanted. Most folks need to REALLY think about filing a… Read more »

Does anyone have anything good to say about this firm?

I started Debtstoppers 3 years ago, they were great then! I called about 3 months ago to ask them for some paperwork for my school and to spoke to a African American man (who would not give me his name). He was VERY rude, he cursed at me for not paying my balance (I didn’t know I had a balance), and hung up on me. Yesterday I called to re-file my case, the secretary said she’d have someone call me back the next day. Well at 9am this morning I received a phone call from the same rude man asking… Read more »

This is the same time exact thing that happened to me!!!! And the Pierre Porter guy was very rude and cursed at me and hung up in my face several times!! Something must be done!!!!

I also have been scammed by Debt Stoppers, they actually create more debt and I also have been harassed by the same Pierre Porter, I tried calling and working out an arrangement with them and he laughed at me and stated they’ve already began collection against me. I was not able to follow through with my chapter 13 and was not aware that If I voluntarily did not go through with it that I would still be liable for the attorney charges. They are rude and do not know how to speak to people. Anyone know what can be done… Read more »

Why was it necessary for you to point out “so many blacks” being in the office? Sounds a bit racist…I’m glad you had a horrible experience! You probably deserved it!

Well I’m black and I feel the same way! I will never handle my legal issues with a bunch of black people again! The guy Pierre Porter is so ignorant, nasty, & rude!

I too was dupped by debtstoppers, and I am black and a woman. They had me to sign some papers that basically signed my home away. I have lost my home and they took my money.

hey I got the same problem if you can or would like you contact me at

please contact me ive had a bad experience with them as well but im fighting back

I’m currently being threatened by debt stoppers (David Morris) and need any helpful info on what to do next! I went to them for help and now they expect for me to pay a fee weekly! I admit I’ve been late on a few payments but never more than 1 week late and they feel its ok to add to my financial worries with threats to enforce a contract that I clearly did not know all of the details on what I was signing!

I spoke with David Morris too and he seemed like he cared more about flirting me than to help me come up with options to catch up on my payments.


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