Debt collectors often resort to abusive practices to try and collect on a debt. This can include lying, using profanity and even intimidating you to try and get you to pay up. Many consumers do not know that they have rights when it comes to these abusive debt collection practices. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects consumers from harassing phone calls, threats and abusive language debt collectors often use to obtain payment.
Do not be a victim to these most commonly used debt collection practices:
• Threats of garnishment / criminal action. If a debt collector calls and threatens to garnish your wages, it’s a lie. The only exceptions are for student loan debt and taxes. A debt collector must sue you, first and this can take months.
• Calling too late or too early. The law states that a debt collector can only call you between the hours of 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. in your time zone.
• Calling your neighbors or employers. Debt collectors cannot reveal who they are or why they are calling. If they do not abide by this, they run the risk of having a lawsuit filed against them for releasing third party information.
• Not putting it in writing. Do not settle a debt if it is not put in writing by the debt collector. If you give a debt collector access to your bank account, they can take everything and leave you with nothing to pay your rent and bills.
These tactics are illegal and should be reported to the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). To learn more about the FDCPA and the protections it offers, watch this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5o-ci9nVEgA.
If you have any questions on this topic or are in a financial crisis and are considering filing bankruptcy, contact an experienced Miami bankruptcy attorney who can advise you of all of your options. As an experienced CPA as well as a proven bankruptcy lawyer, Timothy Kingcade knows how to help clients take full advantage of the bankruptcy laws to protect their assets and get successful results. Since 1996 Kingcade & Garcia, P.A. has been helping people from all walks of life build a better tomorrow. Our attorneys’ help thousands of people every year take advantage of their rights under bankruptcy protection to restart, rebuild and recover. The day you hire our firm, we will contact your creditors to stop the harassment. You can also find useful consumer information on the Kingcade & Garcia website at www.miamibankruptcy.com.
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