December 22, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Fort Worth, TX: A payday lender who was also involved in debt collection practices will pay $19 million in fines and refunds for issues with how the company collected debt and issued loans.Read [ Payday Lender in Trouble for Debt Collector Violations ]
December 7, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is that venerable consumer group known for rating companies, businesses and corporations doing commerce in America, and in so doing providing a snapshot to the consumer of the company they’re dealing with. Lately, the BBB has begun to comment on the thorny issue of bill collector harassment.Read [ BBB Reports Debt Collector Harassment Complaints Up 58 Percent ]
November 30, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
San Jose, CA: More Americans than ever have debts they can’t pay because they lost a job or got sick, or their finances got out of hand for some reason. But as attorney Ben Dupre explains, it doesn’t mean that they need to be further victimized by the illegal tactics of unscrupulous debt collectors that try to harass people into paying up rather than take the lawful but more costly and time-consuming route through the courts.Read [ Tales from the Dark Side of Debt Collection ]
November 27, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
Pittsburgh, PA: Debt collector harassment is already illegal in the United States, but laws have not stopped bill collector harassment from occurring. Every day, more people complain about being harassed by people attempting to collect on bills, regardless of whether the debts claimed are actually owed. Debt collector lawsuits have been filed, alleging consumers have been unfairly or illegally targeted, and now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is asking for input on debt collection experiences.Read [ New Debt Collection Regulations Under Consideration ]
November 8, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Allentown, PA: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has come down hard on individuals accused of debt collector harassment, and especially harassment that is directed at seniors in an attempt to extort money from them for debts they do not owe through the practice of deception and fear-mongering.Read [ Elderly Pennsylvania Woman Caught in Debt Collector Harassment Scam ]
October 27, 2013. By Heidi Turner.
New York, NY: When it comes to debt collector harassment, it’s not just third-party companies charged with collecting debts who are accused of breaking the law. Bank of America has reportedly just agreed to pay $32 million to settle claims of bill collector harassment on the part of the bank. The debt collector lawsuit was filed after customers complained they received harassing phone calls from the bank.Read [ Bank of America to Pay $32 Million to Resolve Debt Collector Harassment Claims ]
October 13, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Glendale, CA: Having to deal with debt collector harassment is bad enough. But when bill collectors stoop so low as to pose as attorneys and threaten harried consumers with lawsuits, not only is it morally wrong, such deception is patently against the law and fodder for a debt collector lawsuit.Read [ Collection Agency Agrees to $1 Million Civil Penalty for Debt Collector Harassment ]
September 30, 2013. By Brenda Craig.
Riverview, FL: If you have debts you can’t pay and the bill collector is hounding you - don’t let them get away with it. The Fair Debt Collection Act was enacted by Congress to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt collectors that are only too willing to call you dozens of times a day, make threats to seize your property and otherwise try to harass you into paying up.Read [ Make Debt Collectors Pay for Harassing You ]
September 29, 2013. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: The incoming director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appears to have his work cut out for him, in view of the explosion of Internet payday loan sites and rising incidents of debt collector harassment.Read [ Debt Collector Harassment Finds a New Crusader ]
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