Are you being harassed by a debt collector?
Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FCDPA), debt collectors cannot harass a person who owes a debt.
Some examples of harassment are:
- Repetitious phone calls that are intended to annoy, abuse, or harass you or any person answering the phone
- Obscene or profane language
- Threats of violence or harm
- Publishing lists of people who refuse to pay their debts (this does not include reporting information to a credit reporting company)
- Calling you without telling you who they are
If you live in the Palm Bay or Melbourne area and believe you have been getting harassed by a debt collector, we may be able to help.
What can you do to protect yourself?
- Keep a file of all letters or documents a debt collector sends you and copies of anything you send to a debt collector.
- Write down dates and times of conversations along with notes about what you discussed.
Keeping records can help you if you have a dispute with a debt collector, meet with a lawyer, or go to court.
In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) also has sample letters that can be used to respond to a debt collector. There are also tips on how to use the letters.
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