Have You Called Your Nana Lately? Debt Collectors Have

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Have You Called Your Nana Lately? Debt Collectors Have

Have You Called Your Nana Lately? Debt Collectors Have

Gripes about debt collectors are the most common complaint filed by older Americans, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday. Collection gripes are roughly one out of every three complaints the bureau gets from seniors, it said. Confusion over medical bills, attempts to collect debts of deceased family members, and illegal threats of garnishing federal benefits like… Read More

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

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Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

Strange But True Stories of Debt Collection

In 2005, our reader who goes by the screen name “frustrated in California” stopped paying on one of his credit cards. Now, nearly 10 years later, a collection agency is suing him and claims he made a payment of $200 in October 2010. He wrote: I know I did not make any payment, and under pressure, (the… Read More

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

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A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A $30 Bounced Check for School Lunches Turned Into a $700 Debt Collection Nightmare

A Washington state mom owes nearly $700 after bouncing a $30 check for her children’s school lunches, Reuters reported Oct. 3. North Thurston High School officials in Lacey, Wash., sent the unpaid amount to a debt collection agency months after the check failed to clear Christina Johnson-Conley’s account, though the school had sent Johnson-Conley multiple… Read More

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

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Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Help! 2 Debt Collectors Are Calling About the Same Debt

Receiving a notice from a debt collector is generally unpleasant. Getting two such notices is even less enjoyable. Getting two collections letters from different companies regarding the same debt? Not only is that frustrating, it can be extremely confusing. If multiple companies contact you about a single debt, there are a few things you should… Read More

The Charity That’s Taking On Debt Collectors

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The Charity That’s Taking On Debt Collectors

The Charity That’s Taking On Debt Collectors

The Samaritan Center in Jefferson City, Missouri cares for the poor by providing groceries, free medical and dental care, Christmas gifts and Halloween costumes for kids….and lawyers to fight off debt collectors. It might seem strange that what started as a food bank for that state’s capital city has turned into a pseudo law firm,… Read More

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