Turnersville NJ – Debt collectors are infamous for multiple phone calls at all hours of the day. One person told the Stop Foreclosure Institute that he would receive several phone calls the first thing Sunday Morning.
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"They would call my home phone at 8:15AM on Sunday. This was the only day that I had to sleep in and they woke me up. I had 2 other people call me before noon", he told us.
This is the biggest complaint the Stop Foreclosure Institute has heard about debt collectors. People have told us, "No matter how many times I tell them to stop calling, they still call me."
Let me give you the inside story. The reason this happens is because most people don't do anything about it. They just learn to live with the harassing calls and go on with their lives.
Here is what the debt collectors don't want you to know. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, a creditor or collection agency that calls you after you request them to stop may be liable for statutory damages up to $1,000 plus any actual damages suffered, plus attorney fees.
So when someone sticks up for themselves, it costs the debt collectors money. In fact, they are so scared of being sued that they all work together to track the people that have sued to collect the $1,000.
Here is the best technique that I have heard of to stop the calls. According to one guy it works great. When a debt collector calls you stop and ask for the person's name and the company name. Then, say the following.
"Bob, I have documented that you have called me today. I also have documented your company name and the phone number you have called from. Now, let me tell you this.
Under my right in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, I am requesting that you stop any and all calls to me. If I get another call from this phone number, then I will be contacting my attorney to help me get the statutory damages laid out in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
In addition, I will call your manager and let them know that you could have saved the company $1,000, but chose not to. I will make sure that they understood who cost the company $1,000. So, don't call me again."
The reason this works so well is because you are holding that employee accountable. If they do call you again and have to pay you $1,000 as a result, then that manager will be angry. And it will hurt even more when you tell them that Bob could have saved them from paying it, but was incompetent.
Please try the script and let us know how it works out for you.
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