Date Received: 2017-08-25T00:00:00
Product: Credit card debt
Issue: Attempts to collect debt not owed
Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided
Consumer Complaint: We contacted Van Ru Credit Corporation after receiving a letter about a XXXX XXXX debt. The letter was issued 4 days after my stepson received his driver ‘s license. We later received a similar letter from another Debt collector on behalf of XXXX. Except for the inconvenience of getting my stepson ( XXXX XXXX XXXX XXXX and XXXX XXXX XXXX ) to understand why these people insist on talking to him personally about this, it ‘s easy enough to get dismissed as the social security number they have on file does not match my stepson ‘s.
The representative at Van Ru advised that they themselves do not track down debtors or look up their addresses. He claimed that they get this from the creditor along with the case. In this case that was XXXX XXXX.
So this is how I am looking at it : XXXX XXXX and XXXX XXXX used exclusively the public availability of an address matching the name of one of their bad customers to assign the debt to that person and pass it to a debt collector. In the case of some foreign name, they enjoy the added benefit of many of them having the same name, many not speaking or understanding English well and most of them fearing any public exposure. Certainly, they might get lucky and find the right person, but in the process falsely accusing other people that happen to have the same name. More likely they rely on that most people will cough up the money even if not owed by them to avoid the things these letters are threatening with.
This is no different than a bank sponsored version of the IRS email/phone scam threatening people with jail etc. if they do n’t pay. That scam is estimated to have netted the scammers more than $ 0.5B, so I can see why somebody in a bank thought it would be a good idea. But that does n’t make it more acceptable. I hope that it, as in this case targeting minority rarely able to defend themselves, is a coincidence. If not, It just makes the whole thing more despicable This is banks conducting their own flavor of identity theft. I am not sure if this is protected against in FDCPA, as it is not the debt collector actually committing the questionable act – it is the bank acting on incomplete data. With the recent exposure of the business practices of a major bank of loading customers with unnecessary accounts, it is not hard to imagine banks also engaging in this form of scam.
Company: Van Ru Credit Corporation
State/Zip: FL 336XX
Company Response to Complaint: Closed with non-monetary relief
Was Company Response Timely: Yes
Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A
Complaint ID: 2650509
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