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How To Reduce Debt Buyer Collection Lawsuits

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Last week the CFPB and the FTC held a workshop to address what happens to unpaid debts at different stages of the debt collection cycle. The workshop brought together state and federal regulators, economists, major banks, debt collection agencies, debt buyers, consumer advocate attorneys, technology companies, members of the judiciary, credit reporting agencies, and more. The workshop was aptly titled ... Read More »

    Dealing With the Debt Collector Advice

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    MINNEAPOLIS, March 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Have you ever been contacted by a debt collector? If the answer is yes, you are not alone. According to the Federal Reserve, the total amount of consumer debt in the United States now exceeds $13.4 trillion. Based on a recent study by Ernst & Young, third-party debt collectors recovered $55 billion in 2013 ... Read More »

      Tougher Rules Coming for Debt Collectors

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      Year after year, federal regulators get more complaints about debt collection than any other industry. Now the griping has prompted an overhaul of collection rules for the first time in decades. A frequent refrain is that collectors sling harsh threats demanding payment on poorly documented debts. Yolanda Banda, an nurse assistant in California, is among the victims. She thought ... Read More »

        My Ex Was Supposed to Pay the Debt in the Divorce But They Are Coming After Me

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        “Dear Steve, I was divorced in 2007. It was an amicable split and, as stipulated in the divorce decree, I took some of our combined debt and she took one of our debts in the form of a bank credit card. She remarried and together she and her new spouse decided not to pay on the debt that she assumed ... Read More »

          Debt Collectors – A Changing Landscape. Here is What the Future Brings.

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          Having been a GetOutOfDebt.org site reader and contributor for many years, I am used to seeing posts about what the New Year will bring to debt relief services. Below, I offer my own brief version of what may come in 2015, but with a focus on debt collectors. Changes that we should see to rules governing debt collectors behavior, next ... Read More »

            CFPB Pulls Back Curtain on Debt Collection and New Rules

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            The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has put out a new document with an extensive amount of information that paints the debt collection industry in a new light. One fact I found exceedingly interesting is the percentages of debts the debt collection industry handles, “medical and other health-related debts (36%), credit card debts (20%), telecom debts (13%), and student loan ... Read More »

              Debt Collection Form Letters to Stop Debt Collectors in 5 Different Situations

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              The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has published five letters consumers can use in certain circumstances to deal with abusive debt collection practices. It is important for consumers to be aware that while these form letters may be helpful, the letters are best used in the right situation and to accomplish a specific task. For example, asking a collector or creditor ... Read More »

                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 »

                  New Bank Guidance Can Be a Debt Collection Game Changer

                  The Office of the Comptroller of Currency has issued guidance to banks it supervises that will be used to supervise the bad debt and debt collection practices of banks. The new guidance is not a rule yet but it is the OCC document on what is “best practices.” The focus of the rule is bad debt that is sold and ... 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 »

                      Can the Original Creditor and Debt Collector Report the Same Account Twice on My Credit Report? – John

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                      “Dear Steve, Can the original debt grantor continue to report your debt to credit bureau’s after they have turned the debt over to a collection law firm. They show one balance the debt grantor and the collection company shows a larger balance. John” The Answer Dear John, There are a number of issues here. The first is if the collection ... Read More »

                        How to Deal With Debt Collectors or Debt Buyers

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                        This guide will give you some fabulous resources for dealing with debt collectors, debt collection, and debt buyers. There are two ways to approach being in collections. Most approach it with fear and stress. A few learn how to deal with it in the right way, with education and a positive attitude. A positive attitude? Yes. You see the debt ... Read More »

                          I’m Getting Ready to be a Nurse in Wyoming But Got a Big Collection Notice I Can’t Pay. – Kristie

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                          “Dear Steve, Hi my name is kristie I got a collections paper in the mail todayfor $3800. I’m a new mother and just finished my can schooling and took my state boards and now am waiting to be added to the wyoming state boards of nursing registry so I ca find a job at a hospital. I work a minimum ... Read More »

                            Most Lawsuits for Credit Card Debt Are Flawed and Defective. Fight Back And You Could Win.

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                            Thanks to Jessica Silver-Greenberg from the New York Times we get a great look inside the credit card lawsuits that are rolling out today, and they reek. Judges interviewed for the piece say that if consumers actually appeared in court, they might actually win many of these suits because the debt buyers suing can’t actually prove the debt is valid. ... Read More »

                              How to Best Deal With Aggressive Debt Collectors

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                              In today’s world, the term “aggressive” has positive connotations. When hiring an attorney, for example, no one would want a passive advocate for their claims. People want an aggressive lawyer. Similarly, in business, companies want aggressive salespeople; and sport teams want aggressive players. No wonder, I often have clients that try to excuse away egregious debt collector behavior on the ... Read More »

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