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Kansas City Woman Awarded $83 Million In Debt Collection Case

One of the largest debt buyers in the United States has been ordered to pay nearly $83 million in punitive damages to a Kansas City woman whom it had sued over a $1,000 credit card debt. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC says it mistakenly pursued Maria Guadalupe Meija (51) in an attempt to collect a debt…

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Phantom Debt Collectors Haunt Latinos, Are Busted by FTC

Harassing debt collectors seeking payment for “phantom debt” are becoming more common, says the FTC. Thousands of Spanish-speaking consumers were targeted by debt collectors Centro Natural Corp. and Sumore LLC, who tricked them into paying over $2 million in phantom debts. A “phantom debt” is any claim for payment which is too old to collect,…

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Fake Debt Collector Scams Thousands, Pleads Guilty

Dealing with an endless barrage of debt collection calls is one thing, but when a debt collector demands that you pay a debt, threatening legal action even though you don’t recall owing any debt to begin with? That’s something else entirely. Unfortunately, this was the reality for nearly 600,000 Americans when Kirit Patel’s company, Broadway…

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Online Payday Loans Overrun with Abusive and Deceitful Practices

By K&S on October 13th, 2014 | No Comments

Posted in: Debt Collectors, Debt Harassment
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The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed on October 2nd that today’s online payday loans are overrun with abusive and deceitful practices. In their latest entry to the Payday Lending in America series, Pew observed that online and Internet loans are more costly when compared to the loans offered by storefronts. Additionally, most online borrowers admit to…

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Debt Collector’s Door Hangers Lead to Certified Class Action

On September 17th, 2014, a federal judge certified a class action alleging that Safeguard Properties LLC broke the law when it hung “please call” notes on the doorknob of a homeowner in an attempt to obtain a return call. Door hangers were left on the front door of Lucille Simpson five times between October 2012…

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USCB to Pay Millions in TCPA Debt Collection Class Action Settlement

Have you been receiving pre-recorded messages or automated phone calls to your cellphone from debt collectors? It seems you’re not the only one. Last month, USCB Inc., a receivable and resource management company, agreed to a $2.75 million settlement that will be paid out to roughly 12,000 consumers in order to resolve a Telephone Consumer Protection…

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Debt Collectors Settle with FTC for $3.3 million, Permanent Ban from Collecting

The Federal Trade Commission Thursday announced a settlement in a long-running case against two debt collection agency owners and their network of companies that threatened lawsuit and arrest over debts consumers often did not owe. The two principal owners of Rincon Debt Management, Jason R. Begley and Wayne W. Lunsford, will surrender more than $3.3…

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FDCPA Applies to Text Messages and Phone Calls

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) has a number of complex stipulations that prohibit debt collectors from utilizing practices deemed as harassing. Although some laws within the act can be pretty straightforward, other policies are more complex. For years, reputable debt agencies have understood that certain phone calling activities are illegal. For example, calling…

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Glendale-Based Debt Collector Fined $1M for Violating the FDCPA

By K&S on September 26th, 2013 | No Comments

Posted in: Debt Collectors, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, FDCPA
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A Glendale, California-based debt collector will pay $1 million dollars to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the defendants violated federal law. This is the first FTC action against a debt collector who used text messaging to attempt to collect debts in an unlawful manner. The FTC, the nation’s consumer protection agency, alleged that Archie…

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West Philly Resident Takes Debt Collectors to Court

A resident of West Philadelphia is alleging that a debt collector has engaged in unlawful practices. Kimmel & Silverman, P.C. has filed a complaint against national debt collection company Virtuoso Sourcing, Inc., on behalf of Crystal Monroe. The lawsuit was filed on May 21 in United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The complaint…

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