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Video: Understanding Your Rights When It Comes To Debt Collectors

POSTED: William PinilisJanuary 6, 2017 at 11:30 AM / Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

Are you being hounded by calls from debt collectors? You’re not alone. According to figures available by the Urban Institute, more than one-third of Americans have debts reported to collection agencies.

CFPB Proposes New Rules for Debt Collectors

POSTED: William PinilisAugust 3, 2016 at 12:12 PM / Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau wants to toughen regulation of the debt collection industry. It is proposing new rules that will keep agencies from pushing people to pay debts they don’t owe, limits the number of calls collection companies can make to debtors and requires them to inform borrowers...

The Problem of American Debt

POSTED: William PinilisJune 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

John Oliver made headlines recently when he purchased and cancelled $15 million of medical debt owed by 9,000 people. The gesture was part of a segment to highlight the issue of debt in the United States and how it has spawned a one-billion-dollar debt collection industry.

Know Your Rights When Fighting a Billing Error

POSTED: William PinilisMay 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM / Consumer Rights, Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

It is important for you to know your consumer rights, especially if you need to dispute a charge on a bill. There are plenty of dubious bill collectors out there who don’t care if you have a billing error on your account; they just want your money.

Knowledge is Power When Facing Debt Collectors

POSTED: William PinilisApril 13, 2016 at 11:30 AM / Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

Have you ever been on the receiving end of a call by a debt collection company? The experience is so shame inducing that many consumers pay up just to avoid any more dreaded calls.

Debt Buyers Are Having Their Cake and Eating It Too

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 28, 2015 at 9:30 AM / Forced Arbitration, Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

Like many retirees Clifford Cain Jr. was accustomed to living on a tight budget, he carefully budgeted his Social Security and pension benefits to cover his rent and medication for multiple sclerosis.

What To Do When Debt Collectors Won’t Stop Calling

POSTED: William PinilisDecember 15, 2015 at 10:53 AM / Credit Scores, Debt Collectors, Debt Collection

According to the Urban Institute about 77 million people owe some sort of debt, so it is only natural that there are a lot of debt collectors making a lot of phone calls. Sometimes, those calls target the wrong people. What can you do if a debt collector is bothering you over a mistake?

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