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Debt collection refers to the work done to recover balances from credit accounts that are past due. Most commonly, debt collection specifically references third party debt collectors whose clients include banks, credit card issuers and other credit grantors, debt buyers, governments, and any organization that extends credit or owns an account where a balance is due. Collection methods traditionally include phone calls from call center agents, e-mails, and letters, and increasingly, SMS text. If an account remains in arrears after these efforts, the collection agency may contract with a collection attorney to file suit to recover the debt, if the collection agency is not positioned to do so.

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Washington Lawsuit Scrutinizes Use of Prosecutor’s Seal on Debt Collection Letters

A federal class action lawsuit in Seattle alleges that a collection agency used the King County prosecutor’s seals on debt collection letters to consumers, while failing to disclose that the letter was from a collection agency and not a law enforcement office. The plaintiffs say they received seemingly official letters from Missouri-based collection agency Bounceback which included threats of jail time if consumers didn’t pay the amount of the debt and more than $180 in fees. Bounceback was able to use the county prosecutor’s seal on these collection letters because it participates in a “check enforcement program,” where county prosecutors rent out the prosecutor’s seal and letterhead in exchange for a cut of the collection fees.

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UPDATE: NY Debt Collector’s Operations Shuttered After Joint FTC, NY AG Complaint

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York issued a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against a Buffalo, NY-based debt collection operation Monday, after the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General’s Office filed a joint complaint alleging the operation used lies and threats against consumers in violation of federal and state laws.

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Ohio AG Accused of Giving Debt Collection Contracts to Donors

An investigation conducted by the Dayton Daily News alleges that Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine awarded state debt collection contracts to a friend’s collection agency and companies that donated the most money to his political campaign and the GOP, turning down more experienced vendors in the process. DeWine has denied the claim that those with political […]

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Debt Collector Opens Its Doors to ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Gordon Beck, Chief Operating Officer of Diversified Consultants, Inc., based in Jacksonville, Florida, sat for an interview last week with ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Beck said ABC set out to investigate TCPA lawsuits where companies – including collection agencies – dialed wrong numbers. ABC producers told Beck that he was the only collection agency official that agreed to be interviewed.

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Webinar Examines Opportunities Within Student Loan Market

The vast majority of collection opportunities within the student loan marketplace have been with state and federal government clients, private guarantors (like Sallie Mae), and private lenders (like large financial institutions). So, what’s available today? That’s the topic of a webinar scheduled for Tuesday, 29 July 2014, at 2.00 p.m. Eastern, sponsored by FICO. REGISTER […]