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What Is The Deal With Debt Collection Companies Pt. 2

Todays Date: November 21, 2018

Depending on how the debtor reacts to the demand will affect what additional notices (if any) the company will select from its library. Voluntary resolution (e.g. making payment arrangements and/or partial payments) may result in letters with a gentler tone. Deceptive or belligerent reactions from the debtor may result in a more threatening tone.

Collectors attempt to create a sense of urgency, to try and collect the debt within the shortest amount of time. This hopefully will encourage the debtor to prioritize that particular obligation. Deadlines may be set, such as, Pay this amount within 10 days. There may also be threats, such as, …Or we will proceed with further collection attempts. But most of the time, if a debtor fails to meet the deadline, all that will happen is that yet another dunning letter will arrive, making the same basic demand. The & further collection action usually just means more dunning letters.

Collection letters will always coax the debtor to call the collection company directly via the telephone. If the debtor doesn’t call within thirty days, then a collector will usually attempt to contact the debtor again.

What are the phone calls like? Individual telephone collectors may be assigned a group of accounts, and spend their entire workday, every day, calling them. Their enthusiasm is fueled by frequent performance evaluations and personal commission payments. The size of a collector’s own paycheck is dependent upon how much money s/he extracts from debtors. Between that factor, and the relentless confrontations, this is a very high-stress job, with high employee turnover.

If a debt collector calls and reaches someone other than the debtor (e.g. a friend), s/he is legally prohibited from letting them know that this is an attempt to collect a debt. Each state differs but this may or may not include the debtor’s spouse. If the collector reaches an answering machine or voice mail, s/he will often leave a FDCPA approved message, but they are not permitted to give details for the call, because someone besides the debtor may hear it. The basic message goes something like, “I am calling for Jane Doe. It is very important that you call me back. My name is JR Rooney, and my number is 1-631-999-9999.” S/he will typically sound rather unemotional and stiff. Collection companies may be required to provide a phone number which is free for the debtor to call. They also may attach their toll free numbers to caller ID equipment which instantly identifies and logs the phone number the debtor is calling from, in order to call the debtor at that number at a later date.

Rapid Recovery Solution is a credit debt collection agency.

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