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Scarygirl

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Suspicious Text
« on: May 04, 2012 10:01:24 PM »
I received a text message today: "Your account number xxxxxx is past due. Pay the entire balance today. Call xxx-xxx-xxxx. Reply stop to stop."

 I googled the return number and discovered it belongs to an agency in Massachusetts.

Wow.

head801

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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012 10:26:34 PM »
A collection agency? an adoption agency? Sounds like a bunch of scammers trying to get money to me!
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cprems

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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012 10:28:32 PM »
Type in STOP.

They now have 5 days to send you a letter provided that this was the initial communication.

Save the text. You may have the beginnings of a TCPA case.

Did you give you cell number to the OC?

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Scarygirl

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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012 08:08:42 PM »
It is a collection agency I had never heard of.

I have never given my cellphone number to any of my creditors nor to any business at all.

After further research, I've discovered this company is fond of the "We are sending the sheriff to arrest you at work," method of collection.



Scarygirl

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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012 08:13:07 PM »
Thanks for the advice, cprems.

This will be my first foray.

debtfree2b

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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2012 12:00:38 AM »
Several DB members shared these two links with me that talk about technology and FDCPA. I haven't gotten through the second link yet, but the first one has some very helpful information for you to start documenting and case law that goes with it.  Texting is discussed.

http://www.californialawreview.org/assets/pdfs/99-6/04-Hector.pdf

http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/debtcollecttechworkshop/00028-60065.pdf


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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012 03:36:20 AM »
It is a collection agency I had never heard of.

I have never given my cellphone number to any of my creditors nor to any business at all.

After further research, I've discovered this company is fond of the "We are sending the sheriff to arrest you at work," method of collection.

Get that on tape. It is the classic FDCPA violation.
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Re: Suspicious Text
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012 05:58:06 AM »
Hi scarygirl!  I notice a few more violations from the text message:

1) Causing a consumer to be charged for the communication (text message)
2) No mini-miranda
3) Possible TCPA violation(s)
4) Not disclosing company name (unless it did on the caller ID). 
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