5 THINGS A DEBT COLLECTOR FORBIDDEN TO DO
Most of us dislike receiving a phone call from a debt collector. It can be unpleasant at times, but if a debt collector doesn’t follow the regulations, it’s likely that they’re counting on you not understanding your rights. Don’t let a debt collector pressure you into doing something you don’t want to do – discover your legal rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and speak up to predatory collectors.
The following five practices are not allowed to do by debt collectors. You’ll be able to firmly argue for yourself once you understand what they are. Let’s take a look at a few.Let’s check out those:
Debt Collectors Are Not Allowed To Publicize About You And Your Debt
Debt collectors are prohibited by law from disclosing or threatening to disclose information about your debt. They are allowed to contact your friends, neighbours, employer, and other contacts once to locate you, but they are not allowed to provide specifics about your debt to anybody else, and they are not allowed to contact anyone other than you more than once (unless that person gives permission). When it comes to your job, debt collectors are not authorized to threaten your job or withhold your salary unless a court orders it.
Debt Collectors Are Not Allowed To Arrest You Or Haul You Into Court
Debt collectors can’t threaten to do anything to you that they don’t have the legal authority to do, which could include suing you if they don’t have the legal rights to challenge you. They cannot threaten to arrest you or bring you to court because you are unable to pay your debts. Threats to get you arrested for “check fraud” are also a red flag that you’re dealing with an unauthorized collector or a scammer.
Debt Collectors Are Not Allowed To Say That Your Credit Score Will Be Negatively Affected
Debt collectors are not allowed to threaten you with a poor credit report or credit score if you do not pay them right away, and they are also not allowed to misrepresent themselves as working for a credit reporting agency in order to panic you.
Debt Collectors Are Not Allowed To Call You Before 8 A.M. Or After 9 P.M
Collection agencies are not allowed to call you before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m., and they must cease calling you at work if you ask them to (orally or in writing). You also have the right to request the collector to stop communicating with you while you are at work place. Your request to stop contacting them must be in writing, so prepare a copy and send the original by certified mail so you know it was received. Your debt isn’t gone once they’ve done so, but they can’t contact you unless they’re pursuing particular legal action, such as filing a lawsuit.
Debt Collectors Are Not Allowed To Contact You Written Notice Of The Debt
Demand written notice of the debt as soon as a debt collector contacts you for the first time. Within five days of initial contact, a collector must deliver this notice, which includes the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor, and a statement of your right to challenge the claim. Don’t take any action until you’ve received confirmation that your debt is legitimate and that they’re not trying to defraud you.
If you inquire, debt collectors must also reveal the name of the company for which they work. If you dispute a debt in writing, the collection agency is required to stop contacting you until the debt is written verified.
Just because you owe money doesn’t mean you deserve to be treated badly, so if you’re behind on your debts, make sure to understand your rights. If a debt collector does go too far, you should speak with an attorney about your options.
If you’re looking for more information about debt collection laws, check out our guide on a brief overview on debt collection laws.