Just because you owe a debt, it doesn’t give a debt collector or collection agency the right to treat you unfairly.

Nearly all States have enacted Fair Debt Collection Statutes to regulate debt collection, these laws mirror the protections offered to consumers in the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

In addition to making bad debt collectors stop their collection efforts against you, these laws and other related must know consumer protection statutes can provide victims of debt collection abuse monetary damages of up to $1,000.00! In certain cases, additional damages can be awarded to a victim for malicious misconduct or intentional harm caused by the debt collector. And the debt collector pays your attorney’s fees!

Fight debt collectors and stop debt collector harassment NOW!

What kinds of debts are covered by fair debt collection practices acts?

Fair Debt Collection Practices Acts cover “consumer debts,” generally defined as a consumer’s personal commitment to pay back money arising out of a transaction in which the money, property, insurance, or services (being purchased) are primarily for personal, family, or household purpose — things like credit cards, loans and medical debt. and by way of comparison, debts for parking taxes, income tax and alimony payments are NOT consumer debts.

What or who is a Debt Collector?

Debt collectors are anyone “who uses any instrumentality of interstate commerce or the mail in any business, the principal purpose of which is the collection of any debts, or who regularly collects or attempts to collect, directly or indirectly, debts owed or due another.” The term also includes any creditor who, in the process of collecting his own debts, uses any name other than his own which would indicate that a third person is collecting or attempting to collect such debts.

Are creditors covered under Fair Debt Collection Practices law?

Creditors may or may not be covered under Fair Debt Collection Practices Law, each state has its own statutes which regulate debt collection practices within its boundaries. You can contact a Fair Debt Help Lawyer to find out whether or not a creditor is covered under your state’s debt collection laws.

Do I need a Fair Debt Practices Lawyer?

A Fair Debt Help Lawyer, knowledgeable about Federal and State Debt Collection Laws can advise you of your rights. Since a debt collector may attempt many different tactics, it is difficult to determine on your own whether a violation has occurred, an experienced FDCPA attorney can evaluate your situation and advise you accordingly. If you hire an attorney to represent you with regard to the debts you owe, debt collectors must contact your attorney instead of you.

Who pays the Lawyer?

The Fair Debt Collection Practice Act provide for payment of attorneys fees BY THE DEBT COLLECTOR (or defendant) if you prevail. Fair Debt Collection Practices lawyers listed at this website will generally represent you at no cost to you*, so there is no reason to fight this battle alone!

When does the law apply?

The FDCPA applies when these third-party debt collectors attempt to collect a consumer debt from a person. A consumer debt is a debt which was incurred for personal, family or household services. This includes a wide variety of debts such as one created when a person purchases a computer on a credit card or buys insurance for a home. The law applies to debt collection phone calls, written communication or reporting the debt to a credit reporting agency. There are literally countless things a debt collector may not legally do, and many things they are legally required to do.

What’s a good solution?

Call Fair Debt Help Lawyers now at 888-595-9111 for a FREE case review or submit an online inquiry now. With help, you may be able to cease collection efforts, hold off collections until your debts are validated, and/or settle your debts for fractions of the amount demanded or owed. Where your fair debt rights have been violated, a Fair Debt Help law firm may even be able to sue a debt collector on your behalf under an FDCPA for statutory damages to you of up to $1,000 (make the collector pay you!!!), plus any actual damages suffered, plus attorney fees (so FDCPA litigation costs you nothing).

You have nothing to lose in asking a Fair Debt For Consumers attorneys to review your financial situation (the case review is FREE!!) and although no lawyer can promise any result, nor even promise help, Attorneys For Consumers are out there who will take the time to see if you qualify for debt the many kinds of debt help options and debt assistance available. Don’t wait, do it now.

If you want to get a head start fighting back on your own, you can use our debt collections communications log to track all the collection attempts against you. Learn about the federal call recording law as well as the call recording laws in your state to see if you can legally record your phone call with a debt collector. Use our site’s cease and desist or dispute debt letters to assist in your efforts to stop collector’s calls and letters and protect yourself from the predatory acts of unscrupulous debt collectors. Then read our debt collection glossary to learn the important terms and check out answers to Fair Debt FAQs for answers to those common questions!

Submit your debt collector problem to our directory of consumer protection attorneys for a Free Case Review!

If nasty, abusive, obnoxious and threatening debt collectors are calling you at all hours of the day and night, bombarding your cell, work or home phones with collection calls and voice mails, you CAN fight back.

If your friends, family and neighbors are being contacted about your debt causing you unnecessary embarrassment, or if Zombie Debt Collectors are attempting to collect a debt from you that is outside the Statutes of Limitations in your state, you CAN fight back.

Even though your mailbox may always seem to be filled with a multiplying amount of collection letters each day, you CAN fight back.

A Debt Collector Cannot:

  • Call you an unreasonable number of times
  • Call at unusual times or places
  • Use profane or other abusive language
  • Share private information about your debts with others
  • State you are a criminal or will be arrested
  • Lie to or deceive you

Debt Collectors must follow many other laws.  Contact a Fair Debt Lawyer today to find out more: 888-595-9111.

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Comments

  1. Wayne Tucker says

    I have 3 debt collectors who are attempting to collect on old credit cards that that over the statute of limitation in Texas ( 4 years). My job is now trying to make me pay these debt collectors in order to keep my employment. Is it legal for debt collectors to report these attempts to collect debts on my credit report. They bought the old debts. I have no contract with any one of the 3 debt collection agencies. What are my rights.

    • says

      Under nearly all circumstances, it is a violation of federal garnishment laws for an employer to terminate you over a wage garnishment. If this is happening, contact a Texas Fair Debt attorney at 888-595-9111 to discuss your situation and your rights.

      As for the three debts, if they are truly past the statute of limitations, the debts are legally unenforceable (meaning you cannot be sued), though non-judicial collection efforts (calls, letters, etc.) can legally occur. But determining the SoL can often be dicey, so its best to seek the consult of a Debt Settlement attorney as well, you can talk to one at 888-595-9111.

      Finally, that your work is even involved with these debts that aren’t the subject of a lawsuit smells of FDCPA violations with regard to disclosing the debt to third parties and contacting you at work, at least. Violations may entitle you to up to $1,000 or more from each debt collector, and the debt collector will have to pay your attorneys so it costs you nothing out of pocket.

      Call 888-595-9111 to learn the array of rights and options you have, the attorneys there will consult you for free and without obligation.

  2. Charhanda says

    Good Afternoon,

    I was engaged to be married in 2009. My ex-fiancé and I purchased property together to build a home. I found out in 2010 that my ex was leading a whole separate life with a girl that he began dating during our time together. That aside, I left him 3 months before we were to be married. Later in 2010, I received notification from my employer that they had received a writ of garnishment for a C. Green. Mind you WE NEVER MADE IT TO THE ALTER SO I NEVER TOOK MY EX’s LAST NAME. The call I received was from my director and the attorney that works in our office. I told the both of them that I had never been married and that they writ that they received for the garnishment did not belong to me because it was not my debt. I honestly had no idea that I had any recourse so I took the garnishment on the chin for fear of losing my job (Im a single mother). I later found out that my ex was a functioning drug addict and he persuaded the young lady to pose as me and took out a loan with a finance company using the land as collateral. Well, needless to say that after this incident, I became more diligent regarding my credit report. Upon recently checking my credit report, I noticed that my credit report shows that the finance company is listed as C. Murphy on my credit report. After researching, I learned that a garnishment is a civil judgment and should be listed as a public record. Upon looking at the public records section of my credit reports, I’m showing that there is no listing for the judgment nor the is there any indication that the debt has been satisfied. I have the paperwork from my Human Resources department showing that they satisfied the $8,835.18 debt in 2012! I am unable to receive a satisfaction of judgment because…… THERE IS NO JUDGMENT LISTED FOR THAT GARNISHMENT UNDER MY NAME ON MY CREDIT REPORT. THEREFORE $8,835.18 has been taken from me and the finance company is still saying that monies are owed to them. I just need to know what steps I need to take to recover my funds and sue for my pain and suffering (credit damage, credit denials, repossession, etc.) and also have these questions answered:

    1. Prior to initiation a lawsuit, am I not supposed to be contacted? I was never contacted
    2. I never received any type of demand letter from the attorney that sued. I was only contacted by my employer.
    3. It appears that my employer just assumed that I was married and listed as much in the answer to the writ of garnishment. I’ve been listed as single on my W–2′s since I began the job in 2008.
    4. Shouldn’t the garnishment been in compliance with the MS Open Account Statute, which requires that an itemized statement of account be sent to the consumer (me) along with an initial demand letter. I never received this. therefore I was unable to question or object when the suit was filed.
    5. I have gone back and tracked down paperwork that shows that the law firm filed suit in the county where the law firm is located, but the lawsuit was recorded in the county where I live. Aren’t civil actions of which the circuit court has original jurisdiction commenced in the county where the defendant (me) reside? The FDCPA requires this am I correct?

    Please Advise

  3. Natasha Moore says

    I am being harassed by a so called law firm named Scott Williams Law Firm that says that I took out a pay day loan for $426 and if I do not pay that a warrant will be issued for my arrest and that I will be fined $9,000 and the person named Chris Walker said to me that I stupid for not paying the loan. There phone # is (619) 567-4084, and states that I have until Monday, July 21, 2014 to pay. I want the phone calls to stop. Please help me. Thank you.

    • says

      Harassment (“I am being harassed”), misrepresentations (“I will be fined $9,000″), belittlement (“said to me that I stupid”) and threats of arrest (“a warrant will be issued for my arrest”) are ALL violations of your Fair Debt Rights. You may be able to make the debt collector pay you up to $1,000 or more, and make them never call you back!

      Debt Help Lawyers from this site will E-mail you back for a FREE consultation and to discuss your options. Or just call 888-595-9111 now.

  4. ellen says

    Those calls you receive stating they will come to your employment or home to arrest you for non-payment!! Is a SCAM!!! This happened to me. After receiving numerous calls at work. I approached my H.R. Dept to inform them of this situation. Embarrassed as I was the flip side was I worked for a State run Casino all our calls had been monitored. Prior to H.R. looking into this for me I googled their phone numbers and all had comments of harassment! BEAWARE!! THEY ARE LOOKING TO SCAM YOU!!

  5. Christina says

    I have a investigator from GA that keeps calling, they have called under several different names, with the same voice and same phone number. I have given them a number of an attorney to call and they will not. I have asked for proof of this debt which I do not receive. They keep threatening that I will be prosecuted for check fraud. Originally they said the debt was from 2010, which I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2012 so all debts should have been covered under the bankruptcy. I have asked them not to call until they can give me valid proof of the debt which they can never give when I start getting frustrated with them they hang up on me. But they have been calling me for close to a year now and I would like them to stop. Should I really be concerned? for one they call from GA and at the time of their debt I lived in CO and now live in KS. why would GA be issuing any kind of warrant if I have never even been there? Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated.

    • says

      That’s a horror story, but you be should not be terribly concerned about what this collector is saying. I say this because the actions you describe are outrageous to a level they fall under the category of what non-viable debt collection companies generally do. By “non-viable” I mean companies that “fly by night” and simply exist on what they can scam from consumers as opposed to being legitimate debt collectors. There is an outside shot that its a rogue collector at a legitimate company, but the fact they have been calling to collect for a year suggests your debt is in their portfolio of junk debts and you are on a cycle. If you know the number the are calling from, call 888-595-9111 and the Debt Help Lawyers there can get you some assistance. Free no obligation consultation.

  6. kai says

    I would like to know how much commission a debt collector can tack on? 33.33 % is pretty high for me. The debt collector told me that they could charge as much as they want, is this true?

  7. Byron Patterson says

    I was being harrased at home and work by a collection agency threatening me with ” legal action” If I didn’t pay them. Attorney Todd Freidman fought for me and we actually sued them. I was granted $1000 in the case and the company is now out of buisiness.

  8. Lori LewAlle says

    I am getting calls for a name that is the same as my fiancé, the only way they could get my cell number is off his cell phone bill, since I am on his account. We keep telling them over and over and over that they have the wrong person, but they keep calling, what ?

    • says

      It sounds like you have a very good case under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This law requires your express consent to be auto dialed, and as a reference on someone else’s account, they cannot have your express consent. Its $500 to $1,500 per call (yes, per call!), and you may have what is needed for a class action. it also sounds like ypiur fiancee has a case under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for unlawful third party disclosure. Call us, let’s talk.

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