What to Do When You Receive a Debt Collection Letter

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How to Deal With a Get a Debt Collection Letter With the Help of DoNotPay

Getting a in the mail can be an anxiety-inducing affair. Receiving this formal notice reminds you of the outstanding debt and sets a payment deadline. It also highlights the consequences of missing the payment deadline.

Typically, creditors send the debt collection agency if you fail to pay, creating potential grounds for collector harassment. These agencies aren't above crossing the line and using abusive tactics to get you to pay.

Fortunately, you can count on Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to safeguard your rights and protect you from collector abuse, harassment, and threats. DoNotPay can help you hold collectors who break the law accountable for their actions.

What Is the FDCPA?

The FDCPA is a federal law that checks the actions of collection agencies and debt collectors when attempting to collect on overdue accounts. The law only applies to third-party debt collectors and doesn't cover personal debts.

While the law is designed to protect debtors, it only covers specific types of debts. Some of the debts covered by the FDCPA include:

  • Student loans
  • Medical bills
  • Credit card debt
  • Mortgage
  • Household debts

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FDCPA Regulations

The FDCPA sets the standards debt collecting agencies must follow when collecting money from debtors. Some of the most critical regulations set by the FDCPA include:

  • Limits a collector's phone calls to between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM
  • Restricts the number of times a collector can call you in a single day
  • Legally forbids collectors from contacting your employer, workmates, family, or friends.
  • Outlaws the use of abusive language, threats of physical harm or violence during conversations
  • Prohibits the use of legal action or arrest when such actions are unwarranted
  • Forbids collectors from making false reports or embellishing your credit report
  • Forbids collectors from listing a debtor's name and address in credit blacklists and bad debt lists.
  • Forbids collectors contacting a debtor who has sought legal representation or has lawfully provided a written notice declining communication.

What Happens if I Ignore Debt Collectors?

Naturally, collectors employ every trick in the book to get in contact with you. They will hound you with phone calls until they wear you down and agree to pay or negotiate.

The FDCPA doesn't shield you from your debt obligation. The law ensures the collectors play fair but fair play is quite relative in the debt collection scene. For instance, a collector can call you daily, but they won't contact you 30 times in one day.

A collector may even issue threats if they are genuine and don't contravene the law. For instance, they may threaten you with a lawsuit if the company considers taking out a court order against you.

Legally, collectors are required to send you a validation notice within 5 days of initiating contact with you. A collector will need you to confirm your identity to fill this obligation.

You might try to dodge a collector, but they'll persist in getting you on the phone for verification.

And that's where it gets tricky. See, it's within a collector's rights to make your life miserable if they don't contravene the law. For instance, they may call your office and speak to the HR department or your boss. They may also contact your friends and family to verify your identity.

Worse still, they can keep calling until you ask them to stop. A debt collector may call anyone in your life and not contravene the law. They may call your loved ones so long as they don't say anything about your debt.

At this point, they only wish to confirm your identity and won't bring up your debt issues. If you agree to talk to a collector and verify your identity, they'll send you a written validation notice within 5 days. From there, the calls will intensify to get you to settle the tab.

How to Deal With a Debt Collection Letter on Your Own

A creditor will send you a of demand before sending the debt to the collection. Typically, a creditor may send you two or three letters before the final notice debt collection letter.

If you fail to engage or respond to these legal letters for debt collection, the creditor may sell your debt to a collection agency.

Therefore, you may have time to engage the creditor and ensure they don't sell your debt to a collection agency. Your options are somewhat limited, but you can make the most of the situation.

  1. Verify the details of the letter
  2. Make partial payment
  3. Negotiate a payment plan with the creditor
  4. Ask for debt forgiveness or reduction
  5. Take no action and let the debt go to collection

If you're receiving debt collection letters when payment was made, you should immediately write and send a letter of dispute. can help you with this urgent and delicate process.

Deal With a Debt Collection Letter With the Help of DoNotPay

If you cannot pay off the creditor after receiving a debt collection letter, your account may go to collection. That increases the likelihood of a collector hounding you over the phone.

If you choose to avoid the hide and seek games and confirm your identity, the collector will send you a validation notice within 5 days. can help make this process painless.

We've designed a simple process to help you hold wayward debt collectors accountable for their actions.

Here's how it works:

  1. Search “debt collection” on DoNotPay.

  2. Answer a series of questions about the debt collectors, including when you were contacted and how you were contacted, so we can determine if they have violated any debt collection laws.

  3. Decide which course of action you want to take based on our guidance, such as filing a debt verification request, demanding for the collectors to stop contacting you, or reporting them to the CFPB.

And that's it! Once you choose the course of action you want to take, DoNotPay will handle the rest. We'll deliver your request directly to the debt collectors via first-class mail, or file your complaint automatically with the CFPB so that they're no longer able to use unfair debt collection practices.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

DoNotPay is committed to protecting your consumer rights. We want to ensure that unfair debt collection practices don't ruin your life and subject you to untold anguish.

You can stop unscrupulous debt collectors from harassing you by employing shady practices through our services.

With a few clicks on the DoNotPay website, you can learn more about , and more about:

Say no to debt collector harassment. You should never have to suffer at the hands of unscrupulous debt collectors. DoNotPay can help you deal with them and hold any wayward collectors accountable for their actions.

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