Consumer Rights and Debt Collectors

You have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

When struggling to manage your debt, however, it often seems as though those rights have been suspended!

The struggle to pay bills can make you feel as though you don’t have a life. If it seems as though all you are doing is working to pay the bills and getting nowhere, you could feel imprisoned. If you are buried under a mountain of debt, a sense of gloom will sometimes permeate your thoughts. That sense of gloom can turn into DOOM if you have fallen behind in payments.

Enter the Debt Collector

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Dealing with tough financial times is hard enough as it is. When debt collectors start ringing your phone at 8 am and do not stop until 9 pm, your phone begins to resemble something with scales and sharp teeth!

When you pick up the phone and speak to whoever is on the other end, you will experience different types of collection efforts. People in the collection business often develop either a good cop or a bad cop persona.

Speaking to and repeating your current financial hardship to a good cop collector can be tedious, but otherwise not unpleasant. Speaking to a bad cop collector can be about as pleasant as running your nails over a chalk board repeatedly.

We’ve Got You Covered

We will continue to develop our coverage of this topic and add resources for dealing effectively with collection abuse. Debt Bytes will publish a resource guide for victims of abusive and illegal collection tactics that will be linked to this post and all future posts on this topic. Here at Debt Bytes, we will cover debt collection extensively:

  • You need to know how to be a winner in the collection game.
  • You need to know you have rights that protect you from abusive and illegal collection practices.
  • You need to know there are solid resources available to you for legal assistance if a collector violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (pdf doc).

Debt Collection Questions?

For now, you can:

  1. Post your question right here in the comment section below.
  2. Start a new post with your question at Ask CRN.
  3. Fill out our consultation request form to schedule a time to speak with an experienced CRN Debt Specialist.
  4. Or call 800-939-8657 and press ext. 3 to schedule a consult.

CRN specialists have many years of experience assisting people with putting an end to their struggles with debt. Contact us to find out if we can help you.

Debt Happens. Freedom from debt happens too!

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  1. Randy B says

    Its great to have a resource that you can call or email about questions because sometimes you feel like you are by yourself dealing with all this. Thanks for the resources and keep up the good work!

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