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What You Need to Know When the Collection Agency Calls

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What to do when the vultures are after you.


This is not legal advice.

A bill collector or collection agency is not required to tell you what your rights are. It is up to you to find that out for yourself.


A bill collector or collection agency is not required to tell you what your rights are. It is up to you to find that out for yourself.


It is a criminal offence for a collection agency

  • to harass or intimidate you, to send you threatening mail or to threaten you over the telephone or in person.
  • It may be a criminal offence if a collection agency is calling you many times a day at home or at work or is using scare tactics to get you to pay them.
  • If a collection agency is harassing you:
  • Tell them to stop contacting you as it is criminal harassment.
  • If they make one more call contact the police and your phone company
  • Report them to your provincial Corporate and Consumers Affairs office. This will place their license at risk.
  • If you get a letter purporting to be from a Collection Agency's law firm or lawyer, COMPLAIN TO THEIR LAW SOCIETY about harassment by that lawyer.
  • You do not have to speak to anyone from a collection agency or deal with them if you choose not to.
  • When they phone do not speak to them. Get the person's name, phone number and company name then hang up without saying another word.
  • When they call back (and they will call and call) log the calls, but just continue to hang up without speaking to them.
  • Do not tell them where or if you work.
  • Do not tell them where your bank is.
  • Do not discuss your finances with them.
  • If you do make any payments to them, get a postal money order so they do not learn where your bank account is.
  • Do Not Tell Them Anything At All
  • They have no right to extract any information from you whatsoever. Your chat will only give them more information they can use to harass you further. They are looking for information they can use to sue you and when, and if, they get a judgment, they will use that information to seize your bank accounts or garnishee your pay.
  • If you have a debt in collection, the damage to your credit rating is already done. You may as well let them sue you. It will take many, many months, possibly years, for them to sue you and they may or may not proceed.
  • Even it they do sue you, there is no guarantee they will get a judgment.
  • They cannot touch your assets or garnishee your pay without first suing you and winning a judgment against you. That could take years.
  • Collection Agencies do not like to sue. When they sue, they need their client's permission and usually it is not worth their while. They will huff and puff and bluster and do anything to trick you into paying today. Do not be conned.
  • Do not ever trust or believe anything the human vultures in collection agencies tell you. They make their living by preying on people having problems. The only thing they are interested in is in tricking or frightening you into sending them some money so they can get their commission. Collection agents are the scum of the earth.



Eventually you will have to settle with your creditors

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