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Debt Collection Company Complaints Spike, Florida Leads Country in Number of Complaints

Have you been harassed by debt collectors using unethical or illegal tactics? If so, you are not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Florida residents reported some of the highest numbers of complaints regarding debt collectors, identity theft, and imposter scams during 2015.

Complaints about debt collectors in particular spiked during 2015. In 2014, complaints about debt collectors made up only 17% of Florida’s complaints to the FTC. In 2015, debt collection complaints made up more than half of the state’s total.

For the fourth year in a row, Florida reported more complaints about debt collectors than any other state in the country. On a per capita basis, 1,510 out of every 100,000 Floridians complained about debt collection tactics, totaling over 300,000 complaints.

The FTC reported that these complaints included debt collectors who made repeated or harassing phone calls, used foul or threatening language, or attempted to collect debts that the person didn’t owe.

In response to these complaints, the FTC began ramping up enforcement efforts against companies using illegal debt collection practices. The agency led a federal, state, and local initiative called Operation Collection Protection that resulted in over 130 agency actions. The FTC also permanently banned 30 companies and individuals from the debt collection industry and won almost $94 million in judgments against debt collectors.

While the FTC’s efforts will help consumers on a large scale, individuals are still being harassed by debt collectors who fail to follow state and federal laws. If a debt collector is bothering you with repeated calls, threats, or calls to your boss or family members, then you may be able to file a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). If your claim is successful, you could win thousands of dollars in damages.

At Loan Lawyers, our attorneys help people fight back against debt collection harassment. Our lawyers will work to get your debt issues cleared up, hopefully winning you money in the process.

We handle cases on a contingent fee basis, which means that you pay nothing unless you win your case. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call Loan Lawyers today at (888) FIGHT-13 (344-4813).