AmeriCollect – CFPB Complaint 2018-02-10

Date Received: 2018-02-10

Product: Medical debt

Issue: Written notification about debt

Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided

Consumer Complaint: On XX/XX/ I received a letter dated XX/XX/ in response to my first debt validation letter. Attached to this complaint you will see, the response has failed to verify the information and debt. The letter also states it is going to report to all three ( 3 ) major credit bureaus to update the incorrect, invalidated debt.
You are currently reporting debt to my credit report { {$170.00} } and as allowed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, I am requesting that you validate the alleged debt. Additionally, I am allowed under the HIPAA law ( Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act ), to protect my privacy and medical records from third parties. I do not recall giving permission for XXXX XXXX to release my medical information to a third party I am aware that the HIPAA does allow for limited information about me but anything more is to only be revealed with the patients authorization, therefore my request is twofold and as follows ; Validation of Debt and HIPPA Authorization – Please provide a breakdown of fees including any collection costs and medical charges – Provide a copy of my WET SIGNATURE with the provider of service to release my medical information to you CEASE ANY CREDIT BUREAU REPORTING UNTIL DEBT HAS BEEN VALIDATED BY ME. Please send this information to my mailing address listed above and accept this letter as my SECOND FORMAL DEBT VALIDATION REQUEST, which I am allowed under the FDCPA. Please note that withholding the information you received from any medical provider in an attempt to be HIPAA compliant can be a violation of the FDCPA because you will be deceiving me after my written request. I request full documentation of what you received from the provider of service in connection with this alleged debt. Additionally, and reporting of this debt to the credit bureaus prior to allowing me to validate it may be a violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which can allow me to seek damages from your collection agency. I will await your reply with the above requested proof. Per the standard, you have 30 days in which to respond to this request, or this debt will be considered invalid, and removal from the credit bureaus expected or damages will be sought after.

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Company: AmeriCollect

State/Zip: WI 531XX

Company Response to Complaint: Closed with explanation

Was Company Response Timely: Yes

Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A

Complaint ID: 2811177

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