If you owe a debt, PAY IT! This article isn’t for you. However, if you are among the hundreds of thousands of people who are harassed annually from scammers posing as debt collectors, then you’ve come to the right place. Please make sure to report the phone number of the debt collection scammer to us so that we can also investigate and disable them.
I discovered this small article on 800notes.com and thought I would share this insightful information. Sorry for the copy and paste, but this is about saving people from such unsavory predators:
Federal law (FDCPA) requires them to send you a letter (US MAIL ONLY) postmarked within 5 days of their first contact that contains their name, physical address, the creditor’s name, and the amount of the alleged debt. It also must contains “mini-Miranda” telling you that it is an attempt to collect a debt and that all information will be used for those purposes. The one other important thing that this letter must also have in it is that you have a right to dispute the debt within 30 days of receipt of the letter and if you do so, all collection activity must be stopped until the debt is verified.
You need to send them a certified, return receipt debt validation, cease and desist calling, or “not me” letter (think of it as the best $6.47 you ever invested). Also send it first class mail in case no one will sign for it. Make a notion of that fact at the bottom of the letter. You also need to report them to the proper agencies to which I have provided links to. Then you need to go out and get a consumer lawyer to sue them on a contingency basis (no money out of your pocket) and let them pay you for the harassment. If everyone did these three things, these crooks would be bankrupt and we would all be the richer for it. Use these web sites to find an attorney in your state that will probably take the case on a contingency basis (no money out of your pocket up front): http://www.consumeradvocates.org/
Read up on your rights here, get template letters to send and also make a complaint at this government site: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/
Also file a complaint with your State Attorney General’s office.
List of State AG’s offices: https://800notes.com/faq/attorney-general