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Dealing With Debt Collectors: Be Their Friends

Kevin Yu | Posted 05.16.2012 | Money
Kevin Yu

Debt collection agencies are used to being yelled and cursed at, so why not take the opposite approach and try to be their friends?

Jeffrey Young

Hospital Debt Collector Taps Washington Bigwigs In Bid To Restore Reputation

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.15.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire for allegedly hounding hospital patients over unpaid bills, has hired former President George W...

Jeffrey Young

For Your Own Good: Debt Collectors Say They Help Hospital Patients By Demanding Money

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.11.2012 | Business

Accretive Health, a debt-collection company under fire from Minnesota and federal officials for aggressive tactics to squeeze money from hospital pati...

What To Do When You're Getting Calls About Someone Else's Debt

Bankrate | Steve Bucci | Posted 02.13.2014 | Money

Dear Debt Adviser, I am a victim of identity theft. The person who stole my ID took out a payday loan and used a fake bank account number. I am now b...

Bad News for Most Debt Collectors and Good News for Consumers

Bill Bartmann | Posted 07.08.2012 | Money
Bill Bartmann

Even with new regulations, Massachusetts and the rest of the nation still have a long way to go before we see more common sense than common criminals in the ranks of debt collectors and their accomplices.

Jeffrey Young

Rahm Emanuel Fights For Widely Criticized Debt Collector

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 05.08.2012 | Business

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants his Democratic colleague Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson to lay off hospital debt-collector Accretive Health,...

Debt Collector Getting People To Pay Up By Being Nice

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business

Turns out nice guys may not always finish last. Access Receivables, a Baltimore-based debt collection agency, is finding success using a novel app...

Debt Collectors Might Be Employed To Recoup City's Unpaid Water Bills

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business

The city of Canton, Ohio might be giving the debt-collection industry some rather good business soon. The Canton city council will vote Monday on w...

Nonprofit Hospitals Sued 40,000 Patients Over Unpaid Bills

The Huffington Post | Jeffrey Young | Posted 04.27.2012 | Business

Hospitals in North Carolina are taking debt-collection to a whole new level. Certain North Carolina hospitals sued 40,000 patients for unpaid bill...

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...

How To Avoid A Debt Collector Nightmare

Los Angeles Times | Scott J. Wilson | Posted 06.23.2012 | Money

Debt collectors calling? You have rights. -- The debt collector must tell you -- within five days of initial contact -- the amount you owe, the nam...

How to Hit a Home Run on Your Collections Debt

Jeanne Kelly | Posted 04.14.2012 | Money
Jeanne Kelly

If you have credit problems and you're facing those annoying calls by collections agents, here's how you can hit a home run to clear those accounts off of your credit report and improve your credit score.

Debt Collectors Increasingly Using Abusive Threats, Insults, Lies: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 04.13.2012 | Business

It's a debt collector's job to be nasty. And lately, they've performing that task quite well. Debt collectors have been adopting increasingly unpl...

A Candy Store for Criminals: The Debt-Collection Business

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

It would be convenient to paint an innocent, it-happens-to-everyone portrait of the debt-collection industry, but the truth looks much less like a portrait and more like a mug shot: The debt-collection business has become a career of choice for criminals.

It's Time for a "Regulatory Cocktail" Against Unethical Debt Collectors

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.21.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

Many U.S. attorneys general are working with each other and with the federal government to control and eventually eradicate the scourge that is unethical debt collectors, because just one strategy alone seems not to be enough.

8 Things Debt Collectors Won't Tell You

Credit.com | Posted 05.16.2012 | Money
Credit.com

It should come as no surprise that if you've fallen behind on your bills, you may be hearing from debt collectors. But there are things they aren't likely to tell you, and knowing these things can make all the difference in resolving your debts.

Make My Phone Stop Ringing and You Just Might End Up in the White House!

Bill Bartmann | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

The targets for debt collectors have doubled in the last decade, with 14 percent of U.S. consumers today subject to debt collection. This 14 percent represents tens of millions of voters.

The Other Sort of Domestic Abuse

Bill Bartmann | Posted 04.29.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

For every complaint, how many people did not complain because they felt ashamed about their debt, scared about the consequences of complaining, or simply thought that nothing would happen if they reported the abuse?

A New Kind of Killer App: RoboSigning 2.0

Bill Bartmann | Posted 04.23.2012 | Business
Bill Bartmann

You'd think that if debt collectors were suing you, they'd want to make a big deal out of it, right? Wrong: Their preferred method of delivery was a plain, first-class letter. Why? Because the mere fact of mailing was considered proper notice.

Catherine New

Look Who's Outsourcing

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 02.21.2012 | Business

Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced...

Fake Suicide Call Prompts Woman To Sue Big Bank

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

These days, debt collectors are putting some people through so much pain that it's landing them in the hospital. Anne Sessions of Lane County, Oreg...

Government Agency Continues Its Fight Against Abusive Debt Collectors

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.31.2012 | Business

The government's efforts to police debt collectors -- an ongoing battle that has drawn in countless ranks of cash-strapped consumers in recent years -...

Saki Knafo

Faces Of Zuccotti Park: The Bill Collector

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 01.02.2012 | New York

This is the first piece in a series profiling the protesters of Occupy Wall Street. Jerry Ashton lives in New York, but he was out of town six week...