Debt & debt collectors know my rights
You are responsible for your debts. If you fall behind in
paying your creditors or an error is made on your account, you may be
contacted by a "debt collector." A debt collector is any person, other
than the creditor, who regularly collects debts owed to others.
This includes lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis. You
have the right to be treated fairly by debt collectors.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) applies to personal,
family, and household debts. This includes money owed for the purchase
of a car, for medical care, or for charge accounts. The FDCPA prohibits
debt collectors from engaging in unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices
while collecting these debts.
Your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:
- Debt collectors may contact you only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Debt collectors may not contact you at work if they know your employer disapproves.
- Debt collectors may not harass, oppress, or abuse you.
- Debt collectors may not lie when collecting debts, such as falsely implying that you have committed a crime.
- Debt collectors must identify themselves to you on the phone.
- Debt collectors must stop contacting you if you ask them to in writing.
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