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How to know if Debt Collectors are Violating the Law

Debt Collection Violation Law

Defense Against Debt Collection Attorneys serving Palm Bay

The debt collection industry is well-known for its harassing tactics used to persuade consumers to pay their debts. As a result, an important set of laws called the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was passed to provide consumers with a variety of protections from creditors using deceptive or abusive practices in their collection efforts.

Under the FDCPA, a debt collector is defined as an individual or entity that regularly collects debts owed to others. Collection agencies, lawyers who routinely collect debts and debt-purchasers may all be included in this definition.

According to the FTC website there are a wide variety of actions that are prohibited, including the following:

  • Unfair practices. A debt collector must act fairly and legally when attempting to collect a debt from you. Examples of prohibited unfair practices include attempts to collect additional amounts that are not permitted by law or contract, depositing post-dated checks early, threatening to seize your property when it cannot be done legally, or contacting the consumer regarding the debt by postcard or other public means.
  • Harassment. A debt collector is prohibited from threatening violence, using profane language or repeatedly calling you in an effort to annoy you into making a payment. Also, a collector cannot threaten to add you to a published list of people who have refused to pay their debts.
  • False statements. A debt collector is prohibited from lying about who they are or who they work for. They must tell you the truth regarding the amount that you owe and actions they will take against you. It is unlawful for the collector to claim that you have committed a crime by not paying your debt. The documents that a debt collector sends to you must also be true and correct. Any information provided by the collector to a third-party, such as a credit reporting bureau, must be true.

Dealing with debt collectors can be stressful. If you believe you are being illegally harassed or you are ready to take action to handle your debt, let us help. We can review your individual financial situation and help you understand all of the debt relief options available to you.

If you have questions about filing for bankruptcy protection, we have the answers. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation. Our office is located in Melbourne, but we proudly serve individuals and businesses across the State of Florida.


What is a Debt Collector Prohibited from Doing?

If you are facing financial difficulties and debt collectors have started calling, it is important that you understand what your rights are under the law. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive or abusive practices when trying to collect a debt from an individual borrower.

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What Is a Debt Collector?

A debt collector, as defined under the FDCPA, is a party who regularly collects money owed to others. Included in this definition is collection agencies, lawyers who routinely collect debts, and companies that buy past due accounts and attempt to collect on them.

There are a variety of tactics used by debt collectors that may be considered unfair or abusive. The FTC website provides extensive information regarding the actions that are prohibited under the law.

Below are a few of the more illegal common practices you should be aware of when dealing with debt collectors.

It Is Illegal for a Debt Collector To:

  • Attempt to collect additional amounts that are not permitted by the contract you signed with the creditor or under the law
  • Falsely claim that the borrower has committed a crime by not paying the debt
  • Use profane language when talking to the borrower
  • Deposit a post-dated check before the date on the check
  • Threat to publish the borrower’s name on a public list if the debt is not paid
  • Lie about the amount owed
  • Threaten to seize the borrower’s assets unless it can be done legally
  • Contact a borrower by postcard and revealing confidential information
  • Threaten violence if the debt is not paid
  • Call the borrower repeatedly in an attempt to annoy the borrower into paying
  • Lie about who they are or who the work for
  • Provide false credit information about the borrower to third parties

Contact Faro & Crowder today

If you are being harassed by a debt collector in one or more of the above ways, contact us for help. We will investigate whether the debt collector is legitimate (and not a scam artist) and make the illegal collection activity stop. In certain circumstances, you may be able to recover damages for the debt collector’s illegal activity!

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Phone: 321-784-8158
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1801 N. Sarno Road, Suite 01
Melbourne, FL 32935
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