Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Attorney General and Chief Financial Officer Help Protect Consumers Against Abusive Debt Collectors

Attorney General Bill McCollum is working to protect consumers against bill collector harassment.  The Attorney General’s office has been criticized for not doing enough to address the 4,400 complaints received in 2009.  McCollum’s office proposed an initiative to make some tactics an inherent violation of the State’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act.

In turn, Chief Financial Officer, Alex Sink has given her support for four reforms that would make it easier to track abusive debt collectors.  One of the reforms includes reducing the number of complaints needed to refer an abusive collector to the State Attorney or Attorney General, and eliminating a time period required, as opposed to the current requirement of five complaints in one year.

For more information, go to www.againstbillcollectors.com/articles.html