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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reached a settlement with the final defendant in a massive robocall scheme that, at its height, made 12 to 15 million telemarketing calls per day. Fred Accuardi and his companies were responsible for Caribbean Cruise Lines’ robocalls, which told callers they could participate in a 30-second survey and become eligible […]

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced an initiative to help those who might be “credit invisible” because they don’t have a credit score and thus don’t have access to financial products. Because a solid credit history is built upon a track record of timely payments on various types of debt, those who don’t […]

The Federal Trade Commission submitted a report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regarding the enforcement actions undertaken in 2016 against the bad players in the debt collection industry. The report, which the CFPB will use in its mandated annual report to Congress, noted that it had brought or resolved a dozen cases against 61 […]

In July 2014, the Office of Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Education issued a report, “Handling of Borrower Complaints Against Private Collection Agencies.” Allied Interstate debt collection agency is one of many private collection agencies that collect student loans on behalf of the Department of Education. The purpose of the report was to […]

Allied Interstate debt collection agency is one of the debt collection agencies used by the U.S. Department of Education to collect federally subsidized student loans. In 2015, the Department of Education issued a privacy impact assessment about private debt collection agencies that collect federal student loans. The report noted that Allied interstate used the iQor […]