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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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FCC and Florida Team Up Against Fraudulent Telemarketers (Still No Official TCPA Word Yet)

The Federal Trade Commission and Florida’s Attorney General have joined forces to cease the operations of an “Orlando-based operation that has been bombarding consumers since 2011 with massive robocall campaigns designed to trick them into paying up-front for worthless credit card interest rate reduction programs.” And no, it’s not Disney.

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New Opportunities for ARM in the U.S. Insurance Market

The U.S. insurance market generated more than $2.2 billion in total revenue in 2014. This market is intriguing in the way that bad debt is not as critical to the success of ARM operations because there is such a high volume of billing, coding, claims processing and other non-bad debt collection services. It provides ARM companies diversification in industries served in addition to diversification in the type of collection and other outsourced services.

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CFPB Finds 90 Percent Rejection Rate For Student Loan co-Signers Seeking Release

Today Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Student Loan Ombudsman – who also just announced he is stepping down after next week - released a report finding high rates of consumers are being rejected for co-signer release on their private student loans, based on its review of industry practices. The Bureau uncovered problematic industry practices that may […]

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CFPB Takes Action Against Medical Debt Collector, Largely For Lack of Policies and Procedures

Yesterday, the CFPB announced an enforcement action against a medical debt collection company for mishandling consumer credit reporting disputes and preventing consumers from exercising important debt collection rights. The company is ordered to provide over $5.4 million in relief to harmed consumers, and pay a $500,000 penalty. At the core is a lack of adequate policies and procedures.