When a debt collector pretends to be the pizza guy

October 13, 2015 Bob Sullivan 0

When the phone rang, the message on the caller ID display was a surprise. Sometimes it said, “Flower Shop.” Or “Pizza Delivery.” Or the name or number of a family member. Or “Repossession Services.” When consumers answered the phone, the ruse continued. An operator gave the impression that flowers or [Keep reading]

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Debt collectors’ new tactic: Scary text messages

May 26, 2015 Bob Sullivan 0

Debt collectors reportedly have a new strategy to get consumers’ attention: text messages. “YOUR PAYMENT DECLINED WITH CARD ****-****-****-5463 . . . CALL 866.256.2117 IMMEDIATELY,” reads one such text, according to the Federal Trade Commission. (This story was first published on Credit.com. Read it there.) The agency has temporarily halted three [Keep reading]