Debt collection is the method of pursuing unpaid balances of loans owed by people or companies. A collection agency is also called debt collector or an agency that specializes in debt collection. Debt collection agencies have evolved since the turn of the 20th century with the growth of the credit market and the Internet. It has now become a lucrative business for many people who make money by charging high fees to debtors.
When you owe money, you are not only facing the stress and anxiety brought about by debt collectors but also the legal responsibilities that they are legally bound to perform. A debt collector can engage in all manners of harassment, including invasion of privacy, humiliation, and threatening phone calls. These debt collectors cannot harm you physically, although they can do things that might seem illegal. One such example would be calling you repeatedly at odd times of the day or night, threatening to report you to your creditors, or reporting inaccurate information about you to these creditors. Another illegal tactic would be to threaten to have you arrested or to take you to court. Collection agencies cannot threaten you in any way to get money from you.
In certain circumstances, though, a debt collection agency may follow legal procedures that may harm you. For instance, they cannot call you on the telephone during business hours, even if you forgot to pay the debt. This is because it is illegal. Likewise, they cannot threaten you or put you in fear in order to collect a past due bill. If they do so, they could open themselves up to serious legal action. In addition, they cannot threaten you or take any action against you just because you have fallen behind on your payments.
It would be up to the debt collector to first notify you that you fell behind, then explain why you fell behind. They cannot hold this information from you until the time that they get your money. This means that if you are calling them because the bill collectors are continually calling you, it is probably best for you to just call them yourself and let them know that you fell behind. By law, debt collection agencies must give you the right to speak with the company responsible for contacting your creditors to inform them that you are past due.
The collector must also give you written notification that they will begin collection efforts within five days of this written notification. A good policy for any debt collection agency is to provide you a copy of this notice, as well as information about how much the agency will charge you to pursue your claim. If you are calling the credit card companies themselves to place a claim, the creditor is legally bound to reimburse you for all amounts owed. However, it is important to note that the credit card companies own their rights to pursue collection agencies, not debt collectors.
Debt collectors are prohibited by law from using intimidation tactics to collect an unpaid debt. Any attempts to collect an unpaid debt in this way must be reported to the appropriate authorities, and must include a statement from you. According to federal law, a collector is prohibited from publicly telling your creditor that you are in default of repayment unless you give them written authorization. In addition, the CSA says that collectors cannot threaten you, harm you, or use obscene language when talking to your creditor. These rules were put in place so that consumers can have their voices heard without being bullied by debt collection agencies.
It is important to remember that not all debt collectors are criminal-for-purposes, so it is important to avoid any debt collectors who use threats of violence against you. You should also avoid any agencies who promise that they will report your outstanding debt to other creditors. If you receive calls from these types of agencies, do not give any details about what the calls said. If the collector’s goal is to get information that will enable them to write off your debt, it is likely that they are breaking federal law. This is a clear violation of your rights.
Finally, if the collector obtains your credit card bills or other documentation that they think may help them collect debts, do not give them any of your information before consulting with an attorney. Debt collectors are only allowed to obtain financial information from consumers who actually owe the debts. However, you can tell the collections agent nothing about what you are owed, unless you are agreeing to say so. If you have any phone calls about your debts from agencies other than the ones listed above, you may have a more serious problem on your hands. In these cases, you should seek legal advice from an experienced debt attorney. They will be able to provide you with assistance in determining whether or not you have a debt collector’s problem and how to handle it.