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Fight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection Practices Know Your Rights and Protect Yourself from Threats, Lies, and Intimidation

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ISBN-10: 0137058306

ISBN-13: 9780137058303

Edition: 2011

Authors: Fred Williams

List price: $21.99
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This year, America's enormous, poorly regulated debt collection industry will make more than 1,000,000,000 collection calls. They will threaten. They will lie and mislead. They will intimidate. Over the past five years, they've racked up more than 300,000 complaints to the Federal Trade Commission: more than any other industry regulated by the FTC. Financial reporter Fred Williams knows more about the industry than anyone else. Not only has investigated America's debt collection agencies, he spent three months working for one of the largest firms in the business. InFight Back Against Unfair Debt Collection PracticesWilliams reveals what he learned and shows you exactly how to fight back and protect your rights. Williams weaves indispensable practical advice together with stories straight from his collection agency cubicle. You'll learn what to do first if a collector calls; what collectors can and can't do; which debts you are and aren't responsible for; how collectors choose accounts to focus on; how to stop harassing or abusive calls; how to keep the advantage in a negotiation for a lucrative debt settlement; even how to take the offensive with a lawsuit that can halt collection and win yourself a $1,000 penalty!
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Book details

List price: $21.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: FT Press
Publication date: 8/10/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Introduction
Debt Collection Secrets
Lessons in Deception
Credit Is King
Anger Can Be Power
Closeout: "No Tomorrow"
The Shakedown Industry
PIF Means Payment in Full
Payday, the Tables Turn
Debtors' Rebellion
Debt for Sale
The Golden Rule: Money Today
Strengths and Weaknesses
Collector of the Week
Retention
A Complaint
Data Minefield
Graduation Day
On the Floor
NLE Means No Longer Employed
Solutions
Coping With Collections
Stopping Collection Calls
Checking Out a Collector
Using Collection Law
Reading Your Credit Reports
Preparing a Complaint
Negotiating a Debt Settlement
Endnotes
Index