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Missouri Attorney General Goes After Portfolio Recovery Associates and Professional Debt Management

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Attorney General Chris Koster today filed suit against two debt collection companies that are operating scams to collect debts from citizens who do not owe the money. Koster filed law suits in St. Louis against Portfolio Recovery Associates, a public company based in Virginia, and Professional Debt Management located in Kansas City. Koster said Portfolio buys old and bankruptcy-discharged debt, ... Read More »

New York State Shuts Down Debt Collection Companies That Used Illegal Scare Tactics

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Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo announced that his office has shut down a New York collection operation that consisted of at least nine debt collection companies across Western New York, run by Buffalo resident Tobias Boyland. This is the latest action in Attorney General Cuomo’s ongoing investigation of unlawful debt collection practices. According to hundreds of consumer complaints filed with ... Read More »

Attorney General Reaches Deal With Debt Collection Companies Over Deceptive Practices

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New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has reached an agreement with three New York debt collection companies that failed to adequately supervise employees who engaged in deceptive and fraudulent methods to collect debts. The three companies, Creditors Interchange Receivable Management, LLC, Capital Management Services, LP and Tri-Financial, LLC, have agreed to substantially reform their ... Read More »

New York Attorney General Launches Inquiry Into Debt Collection Companies

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ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO LAUNCHES INQUIRY INTO DEBT COLLECTORS ACROSS NEW YORK STATE Cuomo Shuts Down NY Collection Agencies That Threatened and Intimidated Consumers Into Paying Debts They Didn’t Owe Sends Subpoenas to Nearly 20 Debt Collectors Statewide Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that his office has launched a statewide inquiry into debt collection companies. As part of the ... Read More »

Debt Collectors Agree to Not Chase Debtors for 30 Days

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Collections agencies in the UK have agreed not to chase debts for 30 days when debtors seek advice from accredited debt management companies. The 30 day breathing space, agreed between the Department of Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Credit Services Association (CSA), will start once an accredited debt management company has been appointed to help a debtor. ... Read More »

Video of Debt Collectors That Pose as Police to Scare People to Pay or They Go Directly to Jail

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There are plenty of respectable and good debt collectors that run their business in compliance with local and federal laws. And then there are the collection companies that engage in abusive practices and behavior. For those of us that regularly work with people in debt it is hard to not become distrustful or develop a strong dislike for debt collectors ... Read More »

Collection Agent Trying Not to Use Violence

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A recent article in the Christian Science Monitor just exemplifies how different consumer debt rules are around the world. In some areas debt collectors can intimidate you and in other parts of the world they can come to your home and office and shame you, grab you or break in. The article is about debt problems in India and my ... Read More »

Apparently Being Dead and Cold Is Not Enough to Stop Debt Collectors

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WASHINGTON – A senior senator is asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate reported instances of debt collection firms asking people to pay their dead relatives’ credit card bills or other debts. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, met Tuesday with the new chairman of the FTC, Jon Leibowitz, and requested that the agency look ... Read More »

American Corrective Counseling Services (ACCS) and the Bounced Checks

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In an effort to help state governments deal with bounced and bad checks, some states have outsourced the dealings with the checks to for-profit debt collectors like American Corrective Counseling Services in California. ACCS has relationships with about 150 county District Attorney (DA) offices. In return for the referral of cases to ACCS, the local DA offices get a cut ... Read More »

Reforms Recommended for Debt Collectors and Debt Collection Industry

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The Federal Trade Commission issued a report today recommending that the debt collection legal system be reformed and modernized to reflect changes in consumer debt, the debt collection industry, and technology. The report describes the changes the FTC believes will provide better consumer protection without unduly burdening the debt collection industry. The Commission also issued its 31st annual report to ... Read More »

Man Ultimately Killed by City Utility Company for Taking Payment to Wrong Bank

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Marvin Schur of Bay City Michigan was found stiff as a board in his bedroom after the city turned off his power. When he was found the internal house temperature was cooler than many refrigerators. “When neighbors went inside Marvin Schur’s house, the windows were frosted over, icicles hung from a faucet, and the 93-year-old World War II veteran lay ... Read More »

Why The Debt Collector Works Hard to Manipulate You

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So you’re a debtor and this is your first time in financial trouble. It is scary, frightening and you are completely stressed out. Some people even kill themselves over the debt. The last thing you want to see are late notices or get calls from the debt collector. You’re just not that experienced playing the role of the debtor in ... Read More »

Stop Debt Collectors – 100 Pages of Good Advice

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I didn’t tell Gerri Detweiler that I was going to purchase her book and secretly read it. I knew she would have sent me a free copy if I had asked but I didn’t want our friendship to cloud my review of her new book “Stop Debt Collectors: How to Protect Your Rights and Resolve Your Debts”. The book can ... Read More »

What to Do if Your Creditors And Bill Collectors Make You Really Angry

There is only so much one person can take.

I’ve heard more people issue swear words and threats against creditors and debt collectors than you can imagine. Having the pressure increase when you are in debt makes good people say and do silly and regrettable things. Many feel those normal emotions but feeling like you are going to explode or wanting to kill the debt collector or yourself is ... Read More »

Beware Of Zombie Debt Collectors

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Beware Of Zombie Debt Collectors Forbes, NY - 15 minutes ago Read "Debt Consolidation Made Easy" to learn five steps to help you get out of debt faster.) The statute of limitations on debts varies by state, ... Read More »

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