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Complaints About Bill Collectors Rocket as Debt Collectors Get Tough

A story by CNN today makes my article on How to Hide From Debt Collection, the Debt Collector and Creditors even more timely.

After several years in which Americans were buying stuff on credit they couldn’t afford, a rapidly increasing number are complaining about getting harassed and abused by bill collectors.

Nearly 71,000 people filed such complaints with the Federal Trade Commission last year, roughly double the number in 2003. In addition, more than 14,000 complained to the Better Business Bureau. Thousands more lodged grievances with state and city officials.

“And it is going to get worse,” warned David Polino, a Better Business Bureau expert on collection agencies and president of the BBB chapter in upstate New York. “With the recession, with the horrible credit problems, this is going to be off the charts.”

Regulators and consumer groups say the rise in complaints reflects the rapidly increasing number of Americans who took on more debt than they could handle during the free-spending, easy-credit days that preceded the current economic crisis. The complaints are also being attributed to the explosive growth in the number of companies that buy up bad consumer debt at a discount and try to collect whatever they can.

See CNN for more on this article.

So now is the time to follow my plan on how to hide from the bill collector before things get too bad. You’ll find that my article offers some sound and practical advice on what to do so that you are not a target of bill collector harassment.

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Steve Rhode

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1 Comment

  • Of course many of the the phone companies terms and conditions are unreasonable charging fees that are simply fraudulent which is the debit that they are trying to collect. Also freezing bank accounts until a debt is payed is nothing more than attempted murder. Try to buy food without that money in the bank account!

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