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    New York State will unveil new regulations on debt collectors

    The new rules will require debt collectors to produce a court judgment or actual loan
    document. They will also have to show an accounting of all interest and fees included in
    the debt, and inform customers when the statute of limitations has expired. The
    regulations will be announced Wednesday.
    BY GLENN BLAIN / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12:57 AM
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    Benjamin Lawsky (C), superintendent of Financial Services, said too many debt collectors have tried
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    ALBANY ­ The Cuomo administration is moving to rein in over­aggressive debt
    collectors, The Daily News has learned.
    Under new rules — set to be announced Wednesday — debt collectors must,
    on request, be able to produce a court judgment or actual loan documents.
    They must also be able to provide an accounting of all interest and fees
    included in the debt; and inform consumers when the statute of limitations —
    typically six years — has expired.
    “The debt collection industry is filled with far too many unscrupulous actors
    willing to deceive and abuse consumers just to make a quick buck,” said
    Superintendent of Financial Services Benjamin Lawsky.
    Lawsky and other consumer advocates said the new regulations will provide
    much­needed governance to an industry that has gone largely unregulated
    despite thousands of consumer complaints each year.
    So far this year, the state has received more than 20,000 complaints about
    debt collection practices, officials said.
    “Debt collectors will pretty much will say anything to try to get anybody to pay,”
    said Susan Shin, a senior staff attorney at the New Economy Project.
    Shin said her organization hears frequently from consumers who received
    harassing telephone calls from debt collectors. Often, the collectors threaten to
    seize social service benefits, which they are not allowed to do.
    Other times, debt collectors will seek to collect debts that have already been
    paid or have surpassed the statue of limitations.
    Carolyn Coffey of MFY Legal Services, a non­profit group that provides legal
    services to the poor, said new rules will help level the playing field.
    “There are plenty of people who have fallen on hard times and truly do want to
    make payments and they will feel very pressured into clearing their names,”
    Coffey said. “But if it is not a legitimate entity, they are just are throwing their
    money away.”
    A debt collectors’ group also praised the changes.