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Debt Collector Harassment

Occupy Abolishes $1,000,000 in Medical Debt. Your Turn, Wall Street & White House?

Jerry Ashton | Posted 05.27.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

This week, Occupy's Strike Debt! working group will be mailing out over 1,000 letters to individuals, mostly in Kentucky and Ohio, who collectively owe over $1,000,000 in personal medical debt.

Author and Occupy Arrive at the Same Decision - Walk Away From Debt!

Jerry Ashton | Posted 02.11.2013 | New York
Jerry Ashton

A coalition of Occupy groups called StrikeDebt is encouraging people to combat debt by way of popular resistance... up to and including complete default. Occupy hasn't left its "radical" roots, but has evolved as a voice on the subject of banking and finance.

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.

Lawsuit: Debt Collectors Told Veteran He 'Should Have Died'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business

A U.S. Army veteran claims that a debt collection agency broke the law by garnishing the wages of his wife and insulted him by telling him, "you shoul...

The Alarming Ties Between Debt Collectors and District Attorneys

Adam Levin | Posted 09.26.2012 | Money
Adam Levin

The American justice system must not be sold to the highest bidder -- not to lobbyists, not to politicians, and certainly not to debt collectors. District attorneys can't continue to demean our institutions by renting out their letterhead.

Ohio Couple Says Debt Collectors Called Them 14 Times A Day

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act says that if a collection company is trying to get you to settle a debt, they can only call you between 8 a.m. ...

The Obamacare Scare: Medical Debt Collectors in Scrubs?

Adam Levin | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

What does it say about us as a nation where patients waiting in an emergency room or lying in (or near) recovery rooms after surgery can be confronted by a special "relative" or friend at their bedside? It's your friendly medical debt collector, holding an invoice.

Shareholder Sues Debt-Collection Company Over 'Deplorable' Practices

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

The problems just keep piling up for the nation's most famous collector of hospital debts. Accretive Health, the Chicago-based debt collection comp...

Hospital Debt Collection Could Soon Get Tougher

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.26.2012 | Business

When it comes to settling hospital bills, government officials want to give patients a little bit of breathing room. New rules proposed last Frida...

Crooked Debt Collector Allegedly Pocketed Money, Bought 32-Foot Boat With It

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.12.2012 | Business

There's a right way and a wrong way to collect debts. And the wrong way definitely involves pocketing the funds you take in and using them to buy a bo...

Debt Collector Harassment Like 'Satan On Earth:' Book Excerpt

Michael Casey | Posted 08.11.2012 | Money
Michael Casey

"I'm not a religious person," Joe Bonadio told me, "but it is as if Satan said, 'I want to be on earth,' and God asked him, 'What are you going to be?' And he said, 'I'm going to be a bank.' "

Europe's Hidden Lesson for the US Presidential Candidates

Bill Bartmann | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Bill Bartmann

One campaign issue has the power to eclipse all others for a very large voting bloc: debt-collection abuse.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 -...

Demand That Collection Agencies Keep "The 5 New Year's Resolutions for the Conscious Bill Collector"

Jerry Ashton | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Jerry Ashton

If there is one thing that most Americans might agree upon it is that the debt collection industry and the work it performs ranks in status somewhere below that of a Wall Street Banker and slightly above that of a U.S. Congressman.

In Many States, Borrowers In Debt Could End Up In Jail

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 11.22.2011 | Business

Not paying off debts can eventually land you in jail -- at least in a sizable minority of U.S. states. Borrowers who can't or don't pay their debts...

Alexander Eichler

Debt Collectors Used Lies, Threats And Insults To Get People To Pay Up, FTC Alleges

HuffingtonPost.com | Alexander Eichler | Posted 12.27.2011 | Business

"Look, I am trying to help your company. This matter is serious and will cause problems at the job." That's allegedy what employees at Rincon Debt ...

FTC Urges States To Rein In Frivolous Debt-Collection Lawsuits Overwhelming Courts

Posted 07.12.2010 | Business

Throughout the financial crisis and deepening recession, debt collectors have been harassing Americans, often under false pretenses, in order to scare...

Arthur Delaney

Debt Collectors: HuffPost Readers' Weirdest Harassment Stories (AUDIO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Debt collectors perform a useful function. They recover scads of bad debt for creditors -- an estimated $40 billion worth in 2007 -- that helps keep l...

Arthur Delaney

Debt Collectors: HuffPost Readers Report Harassment

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The Tompkins County Public Library in Ithaca, N.Y. just can't get a break. Last week the Huffington Post reported that since November, the library has...