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ARTICLE 10 Lies of Collection Agencies and Agents Collection Agencies
8 biggest lies made by Collection Agencies
1. I am from the Legal Department and you are being sued. From my experience less than 2% of all debts listed to a collection agency ever result in formal legal proceedings and in most cases legal costs required to initiate a lawsuit have to be advanced by the collection agency. From a business perspective, it makes no sense to throw good money after bad hoping to recover the legal costs and the debt if you do not have enough assets available to satisfy the judgment being sought after. It's just not worth it to the collection agency. Bill collectors use the "legal department" threat only because it is scary and most people don't know better. The fact is that most bill collectors sit in a tiny 3"x 3" cubicle and pretend to be someone they really aren't on the phone. The other thing that they will not tell you is that over 90% of the judgments won by collection agencies are won due to the alleged debtor being too scared to show up in court. In actuality if more debtors would show up and ask for proof of debt that percentage could drop to 10%, as the cards really are stacked against the collection agency if the debtor would just put up a fight. 2. I am going to garnish your pay check. In order to get any piece of your pay check, the bill collector needs a judgment from a court in their favor but the collectors will not seek a judgment unless they have reason to believe that you have enough assets to satisfy a judgment. Pursuant to many state acts in most cases, no more than 20% of your wages may be garnished. A creditor can bring a motion to increase the amount of wages that may be garnished but a debtor also has the right to bring a motion to have such amount decreased. I have heard Collectors tell people they will garnish 50% of their pay but the truth is that even if they get a judgment, garnishments rarely exceed 15-20% of pay. Again they only use the threat because it scares people and most don't know any better.
Some aggressive bill collectors can make six figures annually if they push people hard enough.3. Try not to avoid the debt but find a way of dealing with it. If you register a letter requesting the collection agency to communicate with only in writing the calls should stop otherwise you can escalate their behavior to their ombudsman or provincial ministry to take further steps. in most cases going directly to the creditor will get you a monthly payment plan. If I don't have payment by 4 p. its their job to push you hard to pay. The only way to stop the collection activity is to pay the bill or go bankrupt. Bill collectors can be obnoxious and rude. They will most certainly deny the activity so a tape recorded conversation or voice message will be your best friend here. If payment of your bills is not an option due to extreme financial hardship. If the collector divulges details about the debt or tries to embarrass you. it should only be used as a last resort. a Trustee is a court appointed agent for your creditors so even though you pay them for their service. friends and neighbors. 4. It won't fix your credit but you will at least be able to stop the demand for full payment. Also. If you can pay the bills in full. Collection laws prevent this type of behavior reoccurring if you escalate it and deal with the issue. you can certainly stop it. They will tell you anything if they feel that it will result in a payment and a bigger commission check for them. A collection agency can only contact a third party to confirm your home address and telephone number or your employer to confirm your employment. there are restrictions on the frequency of calls that collection agencies can make to you. the Trustee is looking after your . we are (Insert threat here). many think that insulting people will get the debt paid. there are steps you can take to deal with and stop this behavior. monthly payments are not an option. Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. 7. that's it (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act). Bill collectors can talk to you any way they feel. today. 5. If you feel that they have mistreated you by using profanity. do so as soon as possible. Payments are always an option. title and business address. There are ways to deal with the debt and their behavior but it takes time and a certain investment in researching your rights.m. Collectors can call you as much as they like. Collection agencies and bill collectors have a bad reputation because they are a business like any other whose goal is to generate profits for its shareholders. They want full payment from you because they make more money off you when you pay in full. Despite what they may tell you a bill collector cannot harass you. 6. intimidating or coercive language. you may wish to explore bankruptcy by consulting with a Trustee in your local yellow pages. Collectors can call and harass your family. Going bankrupt will most certainly deal with the debt but since it's detrimental to your credit rating. Bill collectors are paid a commission to do their job and so are the managers that are breathing down their necks in order to hit their targets. Pay in full.
8. Thomas Hargreaves If you would like to know more about how to deal with credit restoration or how to stop debt collectors dead in their tracks.com . They may have copies of statements from the original creditor.debtdefenseprograms. So you really never ever have to pay a collection agency without demanding they show you verifiable proof that you owe THEM the debt. Remember that bill collectors make a living off of trying to scare and intimidate people so they can earn a big commission check.com Email: tom@debtdefenseprograms. In almost every case you will find that if push comes to shove the collection agency attempting to collect a debt from you that they have nothing that can prove you actually owe the debt. because you have rights and can fight back and win! Thank you for your time and I hope you keep this information close to you. or to download the new free e-book by Tom Hargreaves and Vince Kahn “The Debt Defense Handbook” please visit our website: www.creditors' best interests. We teach you in our program what they must provide in order to prove the debt. They have not formed any type of relationship with you and do not have a contract WITH YOU. Consider the source when they call and don't let bill collectors push you around. but in most cases that does not really prove anything. Your debts are wiped out but so are most of your assets subject to certain limited exceptions and your credit report shows the effect for 7-10 years. The collection agency has proof of the debt.