Saturday, March 22, 2008

Stop Debt Collectors and Get Back on Your Financial Feet

A good overview of your rights when dealing with debt collectors--Stop Debt Collectors and Get Back on Your Financial Feet by John Ventura, Attorney.

Some key popints to consider:
The federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) sets very strict limits on what debt collectors can and cannot do. Those limits include when they can call you, what they can say and what they can do to collect a debt.

The FDCPA applies to outside debt collection agencies, but not to creditors collecting their own debts. However, your state may have a law that applies to in-house debt collectors. Call your state attorney general's office to find out.

What To Do If A Collector Violates The Law--If you believe that a debt collector has violated your rights, or you need advice about the best way to deal with a collector, contact a consumer attorney (visit for a referral). You should also register a complaint about the collector with the Federal Trade Commission.

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