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FTC Versus NCO Debt Collector. FTC Wins $3.2 Million Penalty.

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The world’s largest debt collection operation, Expert Global Solutions and its subsidiaries, has agreed to stop harassing consumers with allegedly illegal debt collection calls and to pay a $3.2 million civil penalty – the largest ever obtained by the Federal Trade Commission against a third-party debt collector. In its complaint, [which you can read here] the FTC charged that the ... Read More »

Debt Defense Services is Back and Making Some Disturbing Claims

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Recently a debt relief insider and tipster (send in your tips here) sent me documents that were being circulated by Debt Defense Services. I’ve written about them before, see this. This time they are trying to recruit people by telling them how debt settlement companies switch to selling their debt relief services once they hear about what they have to ... Read More »

Having Problems With a Debt Collector. Affordable Legal Help Available Here.

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One of the common requests I hear from readers is for legal help with issues surrounding their debt problems when they feel they’ve been hurt or abused by a debt collector. In the past I’ve always referred people to the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the GetOutOfDebt.org legal friends and protectors to find an attorney that is licensed in ... Read More »

Debt Collector and Debt Collection Law Firm to Pay Big for Violations

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After allegedly misleading consumers into paying unnecessary fees and falsely threatening consumers with lawsuits, defendants in a debt collection operation have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges. The FTC alleged in its complaint that the defendants – a debt buyer and a debt collection law firm, both based in Mississippi – violated the FTC Act and the Fair Debt ... Read More »

Debt Collectors and Credit Bureaus to Report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

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The CFPB has just announced they will be rolling out new proposed rules that will regulate consumer debt collection and consumer reporting markets. Proposed rules would mark the first time these important markets would be subject to federal supervision. “Our proposed rule would mean that those debt collectors and credit reporting agencies that qualify as larger participants are subject to ... Read More »

FTC And CFPB Pledge To Work Together To Protect Consumers

It was announced today that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have signed an agreement to coordinate efforts to protect consumers in an effort to avoid duplication of federal law enforcement and regulatory efforts. The memorandum of the two agencies’ understand can be viewed here. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ... Read More »

Defendants In Payday Lending Case To Pay More Than $294,000 For Illegal Garnishment Of Consumers’ Paychecks

Defendants in a payday lending case have been ordered to pay more than $294,000 for illegal garnishment of consumers’ paychecks. A federal court has ordered, at the request of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), one of the individuals behind a payday lending scheme and two companies he controlled to pay $294,536 for illegally trying to garnish borrowers’ wages, and for ... Read More »

DEBT COLLECTOR BLUNDERS? GET A RECORDING!

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This post was submitted by Adam S. Alexander, Attorney At Law, 17200 W. Ten Mile Rd., Ste. 200, Southfield, MI 48075. You can reach him directly at www.myfaircreditsite.com or (248) 246-6353. Before you implement the suggestions in this article, check to make sure it is legal to record calls in your state. Millions of Americans are constantly being called by ... Read More »

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Provides New Business Opportunities To Some Lawyers

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The 1977 federal law to protect consumers from abusive debt collectors, better known as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has molded a profitable business opportunity for some lawyers. Some lawyers are using the law as a tool for lawsuits which results in some cases avoiding litigation in favor for quick settlements. Colorado has become one of the nation’s ... Read More »

Does the Wave of Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) Suits Benefit Consumers or Lawyers?

A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded to me an article about Thomas Lyons, Esq. in Minnesota who was disbarred in 2010 for filing suits under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). While there is a need for consumers to have recourse in bringing legal suits against creditors for bad acts, ... Read More »

Nationwide Credit Threatens to Sue Me on Behalf of AMEX. – Dee

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Dee “Dear Steve, Nationwide credit is collecting a debt I owe to American Express. We negotiated a settlement amount and when I found out that I wasn’t going to have the amount we had agreed upon I sent them a fax asking to adjust the payment schedule. Initially a man called and said fine, then two other people called and ... Read More »

“The Collector’s Pledge” Marks a Positive Turn in the Debt Collection Industry

Martin Sher of AmSher Receivables Management in Birmingham, Alabama has recently made a huge step in the debt collection industry with “The Collector’s Pledge”. Sher, with over 30 years experience in the credit and collection industry was named as the president of ACA International (the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals) for 2010-2011. Sher co-owns AmSher Receivables with his brother, ... Read More »

In China, Credit Card Debt Enslaves. Anyone Surprised?

It isn’t a big shock to find out that the credit craze and panic is exploding around the world. The credit craze and panic works like this: Stage One: Craze – apply and get approved for credit and go crazy racking up the balance. Stage Two: Panic – after you’ve expended your credit resources you panic as you try to ... Read More »

Abusive Debt Collector Accused of Bankruptcy Fraud : When The Collector Becomes the Collected

Over the years Jack H. Boyajian, a seasoned debt collector, has faced accusations from authorities across the U.S. for “illegal methods to squeeze debtors”. This year a new accusation arose against Boyajian after he filed for bankruptcy in August of 2009, that he has defrauded creditors by concealing assets from the court. The Federal Government says he owes around $670,000 ... Read More »

Victory and Disappointment for the Debt World Today: Total Debt Falls While Harassment Complaints Rise

CNN Money’s recent article, “Debt collectors get nasty” showed some real insight into the current debt collection process in this country. They touched on information reported by the Federal Trade Commission, FTC, about the number of complaints of debt collector harassment issues on the rise. Apparently these debt collectors haven’t heard of a little thing called the “Fair Debt Collection ... Read More »

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