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Florida Attorney General Warns of Debt Collection Scams

Dec 09, 2014

The attorney general continues to receive complaints about individuals impersonating legitimate debt collectors. ACA has resources available to help consumers learn their rights if contacted by a debt collection professional and how to work with a debt collector.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is warning Florida residents to protect themselves against debt collection scams, particularly when the number appears to be from a legitimate governmental entity, such as the Internal Revenue Service or attorney general’s office.

Scams where impersonators pretend to be collecting legitimate debt continue to top the number of complaints received by the attorney general’s Citizen Services Division, and there are measures Floridians can take to protect themselves, according to a news release from Bondi’s office.

“I encourage all Floridians who receive high-pressure calls demanding that they pay their debts immediately to use caution,” Bondi said.  “One of the simplest ways to protect yourself from this type of scam is to say you’ll call the entity back and find its legitimate number.”

In some cases, the imposters will threaten that those who owe money will be jailed—but the law prohibits imprisoning those in debt, according to Bondi. Often the scammers will attempt to get their victims to purchase Green Dot or MoneyPak cards to pay their debts. Legitimate debt collectors will never ask for payment in this way.