Is there an ongoing University of Phoenix Class Action Lawsuit or is Graduate Rights Watch (graduaterightswatch.com) engaging in consumer fraud?
By C J Oakes
Back in May of 2017, we wrote about what appears to be a clear case of consumer fraud involving a company using the names United Legal Consultants, United Legal Aid, and United Legal Center. That post has been incredibly popular, in fact, in just a few months it has become our top ranking blog post. Why? Likely because many people who graduated from University of Phoenix are feeling scammed by the school but are concerned with the tactics employed by these so-called student loan assistance folks.
With good reason too. As mentioned in the previous post, any company which uses fraudulent methods to acquire customers is not to be trusted. United Legal whatever is clearly using false information (University of Phoenix Class Action lawsuit) to get information from former students of the school. Then, they aggressively phone the students in an attempt to get them to refinance their loans. To be clear, restructuring student loans is perfectly legal, but bait and switch tactics to obtain clients is illegal. That is the tactic used by this company.
Did CriminalJusticeLaw.org Make Them Change Tactics?
I have to wonder if we managed to make the company change a few tactics. We contacted University of Phoenix and SmartNews. For a time, the ad no longer appeared.
Now it is back. But rather than say there IS a Class Action Lawsuit against UoP, the ad states “Potential Lawsuit.” Splitting hairs?
Maybe, or maybe they have been doing so well with the other sites that they are expanding. Either way, we want our readers to be informed. So…
Who Is Graduate Rights Watch?
No one outside of the FBI or the company can say who is behind GraduateRightsWatch.com. This is because they use a hidden registry when they set up their domain. Any company that does not want the public to know who owns and operates the website should be avoided. There is no way to know where the information provided to them goes once it is given. For all anyone knows, they could be legitimately restructuring student loans then using the information given for identity theft purposes or worse. Maybe, maybe not.
The point is, you just don’t know.
When someone sets up a website, they are required by law to provide their correct contact information. But, they can then pay a fee to the host company to have their information made private. Any company which does not want consumers to have a way to contact the owners of the company is up to no good. Believe otherwise at your own risk.
Looking up who owns a company is simple. Go to whois.icann.org/ and type in the domain name. A company must decide to hide their information and pay for it to be so. But ask, why would any legitimate organization want to hide their identity? That is the kind of thing organized crime groups and con artists do. Not respectable businesses.
You can do what you want, but personally, if a company uses bait and switch on me, I run from them. If they hide who they are, I take my business elsewhere. These are the marks of a fraud scheme and GraduateRightsWatch.com has these marks.
Have We Done Any Good in Exposing this University of Phoenix Scam?
We have had thousands of visitors to our former post about United Legal Aid, United Legal Consultants, and United Legal Center, so we hope that we have made a difference and protected some of our readers from harm. But, as can be seen from the recent addition of Graduate Rights Watch, maybe not. Graduaterightswatch.com was added by what appears to be the exact same organization on June 29, 2017. This means they have had upwards of three weeks to draw in new, unsuspecting people to their scheme, scam, or simple bad business practices.
We cannot say for sure whether their end game is just bad business or fraud, but we can say for certainty that their tactics ARE illegal and they don’t want anyone to know who they are.
It reminds us of the saying, If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and smells like bulls**t…it is likely these guys. Watch out.