If you have a debt that's currently in collections, chances are you've fallen on some financial hardships. There's nothing worse when you're going through a difficult time financially than the constant buzzing of your phone with calls from debt collectors.
If Credit Collection Services (also known as “CCS Offices”) is one of the companies calling you on a daily basis, it's important to learn more about who the company is, what they do and what your rights are when they contact you.
In this article, we will walk you through everything you need to know about CCS so you can get the phone to stop ringing and take back control of your financial health.
Credit Collection Services, also known as CCS Collections, is one of the biggest debt collection agencies in the United States. Founded in Norwood, Massachusetts in 2002 by founder and CEO Peter D'Orsi, Credit Collection Services/CCS Collections has grown exponentially over the past two decades. The company now employs hundreds of people across multiple locations in America, generating well over $50 million in annual revenue.
In addition to its headquarters – which services all types of banking, financial services, healthcare and utilities accounts – Credit Collection Services also has branches dedicated to specific industries such as insurance companies.
For many people in debt, receiving a call from Credit Collection Services/CCS Collections can be stressful and intimidating. Despite their sometimes aggressive approach to debt collection, it's important to remember that the company operates within the confines of the law and is legitimate business – don't ignore them under the misapprehension that it's a scam.
If Credit Collection Services is calling you, don’t just hang up the phone – even if you don’t believe the debt is legitimate. In most cases, unrecognized collections activity is due to a bill that slipped the customer’s mind or wasn’t received at the correct address. However, there are cases where the debt is not legitimate either because the creditor has the wrong customer information on file or because the amount reflected is inaccurate.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you don’t recognize a debt:
If you find out any item on this list applies to your situation, it’s important to take action immediately. Get in touch with Fair Credit if you need to dispute any errors on your report.
Additionally, if you believe that you’ve been the victim of identity theft, you’ll need to file a police report and dispute the account on you credit report. Because of the complexity of incorrect collections accounts, it’s best to work with an attorney that can help walk you through the process.
Credit Collection Services collects for companies in nearly every industry. Most of the debt they purchase or are hired to collect for is related to cable, banks, financial services, telecommunications, education, retail and utilities. It’s important to note that your rights when it comes to collections activities vary based on the type of debt.
For instance, new guidelines and regulations under the Biden-Harris administration established a range of federal protections for those suffering with medical debt – including restrictions on when medical debt can legally be reported to the three credit bureaus. To learn about your specific rights under the law, you’ll need to work with attorney with experience in this area that can provide further counseling.
If you’ve been contacted by CCS, it’s important to know your rights under federal law. The FCPA act (enacted in 1978) is a set of regulations designed to protect the rights of debtors and ensure that debt collectors are held accountable for their actions. It lays out a range of rules that must be followed, including limits on when they can contact you, who they can contact, and how they can communicate with you.
Illegal behaviors under this law include the following:
In addition to these rules, debt collectors are also prohibited from engaging in deceptive practices such as falsely claiming to be law enforcement officers or government representatives in order to pressure debtors into paying up.
In short, this law serves as an important safeguard against unethical and potentially illegal activities on behalf of CCS or any other collections agencies – helping to ensure that consumers are treated fairly and with respect during difficult financial times.
At Fair Credit, our mission is to make sound financial advice accessible by providing clear guidance while giving people the tools they need so they can confidently make decisions about their own finances. With our help, you can reclaim ownership over your financial future without breaking the bank.
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