Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about harassing calls from medical debt collectors are up, WSB reports.
Debt collectors are becoming more and more aggressive, even using illegal tactics to try to get people pay debt. In some cases, it was a debt they didn’t even owe.
Nearly two-thirds of the 17,700 medical debt-collection complaints in a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau database were filed by people who didn’t owe the debt, because it either wasn’t theirs, had already been paid, or had been discharged through bankruptcy.
Unknown to many, you have the right to send what’s called a “drop dead letter.” This letter will prevent the collector from contacting you again about a debt.
You can also report harassing debt collectors to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.