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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Bookshaker (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907498524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907498527
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,693,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark S. Hankins (1962- ) was born in Tampa, Florida, a fourth-generation Floridian, graduated from the University of Virginia and the University of Florida School of Law, lived and practiced law in Gainesville, FL, Tallahassee, Denver (where he earned an LLM in Taxation) and Miami, and returned to the Tampa Bay Area in 2002 where he operates Florida Incorporators, Inc. an online incorporation service. Having worked as a collections attorney for the Florida Department of Transportation in Tallahassee, he began researching debt collection from the consumer perspective in 2003 and intensified his research with the objective of writing a book starting in 2008 as he became aware that the U.S. faced an unprecedented financial crisis. His first book, "Debt Hope: Down and Dirty Survival Strategies," is designed to fill a void in the financial self-help literature by providing in-depth and up-to-date information on topics that other books only touch on in passing. As the number of unemployed and underemployed Americans continues to grow and as banks seek to shore up their balance sheets by ratejacking and fee harvesting, consumers need to know all they can learn about effective countermeasures.

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What else brings out the best, but the challenge to survive.
Pine Apple
There are many books and scams out there when it comes to credit card debt, debt avoidance, and debt settlement (I've reviewed, read, and almost fell for many of them!
Star Dust
If you are experiencing financial distress, I highly recommend this book.
Geoffrey Gordon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Star Dust on July 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
THIS IS THE ONE YOU WANT TO BUY! I give this book 10 STARS even though only 5 stars are available here on Amazon! There are many books and scams out there when it comes to credit card debt, debt avoidance, and debt settlement (I've reviewed, read, and almost fell for many of them! Don't suffer like I did for three years trying to research your way out of the "cage and schemes of collection" that you may have been bamboozled into! Just get this book, all the best answers to your questions are here in "Debt Hope" You will not regret your purchase one bit! This information is PRICELESS when it comes to dealing with the frustration of debt collectors! Why Mark Hankins does not have his own radio show like Dave Ramsey is a complete mystery and must be some sort of glitch in the matrix, or shall we say "Debt Matrix"! It really is a Debt Matrix and let's face it... The creditors and debt collectors have the system rigged in their favor and they intend to take you for all you've got! And they will, if you are uninformed! This book is chock full of "must have information" everybody struggling with debt needs! What was most helpful in this book is that the author does not sugar coat the situations you might encounter and tells you "point blank" exactly what can happen if you do this, or do that, and are going up against collection agencies and law-firms in the Debt Matrix! The author also tells you what your best options are in each circumstance he describes, and completely "spills the beans" on all the debtors secret weapons (you can use to your advantage), and all the debt collector tricks you might encounter so you can be ready with your own personal arsenal of firepower to defend against the collectors when are on the attack and making your head spin!Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey Gordon on December 8, 2009
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Mark's book is very timely and also practical for today. If you are experiencing financial distress, I highly recommend this book. It is not just another pie in the sky financial help book. He gets down and dirty to help the common person find a solution to their serious debt problems. More than a book, it is an investment.Debt Hope: Down and Dirty Survival Strategies
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rick Mac Gillis on October 10, 2014
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Mark S. Hankins is a lawyer with considerable experience in creditor mayhem. He knows the ins and outs of the messed up world of creditors and realized that if you pay the creditors, you aren't benefiting the company whom you originally owed money to. Instead you're paying some schmuck who decided to purchase your debt from that company at a massive discount in an attempt to turn a profit. Don't fall prey to these wolves. Stand your ground by learning the ropes of how the world of creditors actually works and stand up to these wolves.

Mark S. Hankins: http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/34637-fl-mark-hankins-1274066/aboutme.html
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Grove on December 8, 2009
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This book has greatly helped me understand the way that the whole system works, and who really benefits from the entire credit and banking system that we have place here in America (it's not me, the consumer.) Its extremely important for people to know the truths and misinterpretations of the laws and loop holes that are present and the rights of the consumer in any of the described given situations. This book goes into detail about how to take your life back and get on top of the debt situation, and most importantly, that you aren't alone and you aren't helpless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise Fortner on December 3, 2013
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Follow Mark's strategies and you have a great chance of playing the "game" with these debt "vultures." He will guide you every step of the way in an easy to understand way and even provides sample letters to help you with your replies to collection agencies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miroslav J. Posavec on December 7, 2009
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This book was really useful to me, to help me understand what the banks can, and cannot legally do.

I was heavy in real estate, and have been wiped out. To add insult to injury the banks have been ruthless in trying to squeeze the last bit out of me. This book provided me the knowledge I need to make EDUCATED choices.

DON'T just roll over!!

The don't expect you to fight back.

99% of people just cave in, and get the default judgement against them. I got Bank of America to settle for 20%, and then they went back on the deal. (bunch of dirtbags!). I am looking forward to my day in court where they are expecting me to just hang my head and agree to pay them whatever fees they "make up".

Are they in for a surprise!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pine Apple on November 8, 2011
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Neighbor foreclosed on their house, having bought at a peak in the real estate market. I was able to sell but at a cost. Unable to get work or income, I turned to my excellent credit for various reasons beyond belief. Little did I know about the creditors TACTICS. But I am fighting back and DEBT HOPE offers encouragement to stand up for our rights. American's still have the fighting spirit. What else brings out the best, but the challenge to survive. I highly recommend DEBT HOPE!.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Paynter on December 23, 2009
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This book has proven helpful to me several times recently. It is full of useful information from cover to cover......I'm sure the credit industry and banks are NOT pleased that a tool like this is in the hands of the average American who has debt.

With all the commercial types of debt counseling and credit relief scams, it nice to have a level view of the playing field.....And this book provides that view.
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