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Collection Agencies

Reflecting on Rescuing Stranded Starfish and Abolishing Medical Debt

Jerry Ashton | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Jerry Ashton

What was it like to open up a letter announcing that the burden of a large medical debt had been taken away? "I was dumbfounded," replies Terrance Lavalle, referring to a letter he received in November from Occupy Wall Street's working group, "The Rolling Jubilee."

Strange Bedfellows: Occupy Wall Street and the Bill Collector!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 11.14.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

OWS is certainly muscling (buying?) its way in, but with a "business" model that collection agencies and debt buyers would not have entertained in a lifetime.

Fake Collectors Use Payday Lender Info To Scare People Into Paying Debts They Don't Owe

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Another day, another story of debt collectors acting shady. Some California residents recently started getting threatening calls from fake debt col...

Woman Wins $10 Millon From Debt Collectors In Court, Can't Collect

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.26.2012 | Business

One woman is having trouble getting a debt collector to fork over its debt to her. Diana Mey, a West Virginia housewife, won an eight-figure court...

Debt Collectors Want To Be Your Friend On Facebook

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.24.2012 | Business

Your Facebook profile can and will be used against you. A recent segment on KDVR, the Fox affiliate for Denver, reminds us that collection agencie...

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental $280 Medical Bill

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business

In the latest example of aggressive debt collector tactics, an Illinois woman found herelf jailed over a bill she didn’t even owe in the first place...

Return Of The Debtors' Prison?

Posted 12.13.2011 | Chicago

Some Illinois residents struggling to pay off their debt have yet another thing to worry about: getting thrown in jail. As WBEZ reports, creditors...

Losing at the Credit Score Game

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

It is not easy to get people to take a hard look at themselves. Addiction to credit is like addiction to anything else: people usually won't get help until they bottom out.

City To Deploy Debt Collectors As Budget Gap Grows

Chicago Tribune | Dan Mihalopoulos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The same bill collectors who pester debtors on behalf of credit-card companies are being recruited by Chicago City Hall to go after anybody who owes m...

Arthur Delaney

Debt Collection Boss: "Business Is Brisk"

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

John Nemo says the notion that debt collectors are capitalist vultures who profit off other folks' struggles is a "stereotype." Nemo is a spokesman ...