Debt Collector False

 Notice to Debt Collector - Use of False Threats
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Use this form to notify a debt collector they violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Receiving notice from a consumer makes it more likely a debt collector will comply with the FDCPA. If they don't comply after receiving notice, your notice letter may help prove that their actions were intentional.

A debt collector may not use any false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of a debt. This includes threatening to take action the debt collector can not legally take or does not intend to take.

Wording possibly constituting a threat includes:

  • Stating an action is a possibility.
  • Stating that legal action has been recommended.
  • Representing that a third party will take action.

    Examples of permissible actions a debt collector may not take unless they intend to do so:

  • Taking criminal action such as reporting a dishonored check.
  • Attaching a consumers tax refund.
  • Reporting a debt to a credit bureau.
  • Bringing legal action.

    Examples of impermissible actions:

  • Contacting the consumers employer or other third party for a purpose other than obtaining location information.
  • Advising the creditor to sue where such advice would violate the states rules against the unauthorized practice of law.
  • Threatening to sue where the states rules forbid a debt collector from suing in their own name without first obtaining a formal assignment from the owner of the debt and that assignment has not been made.

    Lack of intent may be inferred if the amount of the debt is too small for the action to be feasible or when the debt collector has threatened an action their employer or the original creditor has not authorized them to take.

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