Immediate Credit Recovery Inc or ICR is a debt collection agency which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
Immediate Credit Recovery or ICR is a third-party collection agency specializing in student loan debt. ICR has received many complaints from consumers alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) such as using inappropriate communication tactics and making threats.If you have been contacted by ICR regarding a delinquent debt, make sure you know your rights before responding.
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According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Immediate Credit Recovery is a legitimate collection agency founded in 1990, incorporated in New York state in 1998, and has a headquarters located in Georgia. The BBB opened its file on ICR in 2010. Buzzfile estimates ICR’s annual revenue at $8.1 million.
Immediate Credit Recovery serves creditors who issue loans or extend credit for higher education and healthcare as well as government and commercial clients. They cite as strengths their “excellent management oversight, zero-tolerance complaint program, exceptional customer service, advanced borrower privacy and data security safeguards, on-line account review and reporting…and cutting-edge technology.”In its mission statement, ICR has made a commitment to providing “superior debt recovery services while maintaining the highest level of professionalism and respect for all parties involved.” They have made a “pledge to ensure that all consumer debtors maintain their dignity and self-worth throughout the assistance being provided to them in resolving their outstanding debts.”
Immediate Credit Recovery homepage features a resource center that provides information for site visitors about information related to debt collection and lending. There are links to pages on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) website about the FDCPA and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). There are also links to websites with skip-tracing tools, student loan servicers, and other legal references. However, ICR’s website does not include much information about its own compliance policies. The Client Links tab provides access to web portals for commercial clients. The consumer site is reduced to a link at the bottom of the Contact tab and leads to a page that allows consumers to make online payments.
The BBB has closed 36 complaints against Immediate Credit Recovery in the past three years, with 19 closed in the past twelve months. Most of the complaints allege problems with billing and collection; other complaints focus on problems with customer service. There are also 2 negative customer reviews.Since June 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has logged 26 complaints against ICR alleging violations that include illegal disclosure of information, failure to verify debts,improper communication tactics, and making threats. Justia lists at least 5 cases of civil litigation naming ICR as a defendant.
Immediate Credit Recovery, Inc.
3330 Chastain Meadows Pkwy NW, Ste. 100
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5881
Telephone: (866) 401-7188
It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely ICR would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
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Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases against Immediate Credit Recovery
In November 2014, in United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Fort Meyers Division, a judge issued an Order in the matter of a complaint alleging ICR had violated provisions of the FDCPA that prohibit the use of false or misleading information as well as the Electronic Funds Transfer Act (EFTA) for failing to obtain written authorization prior to withdrawing payments. The plaintiff prevailed in her argument that because ICR sent several collection letters to her stating repayment terms that contradicted the oral agreement she had already established, and which was already being implemented, they violated the FDCPA’s provision against “false, deceptive, or misleading representation or means in connection with the collection of any debt.” The plaintiff also successfully argued that ICR’s failure to establish recurring authorization of electronic funds transfer from her bank account violated the EFTA. A third charge attempted to establish ICR’s liability for violating the FDCPA’s provisions against “unfair or unconscionable means to collect or attempt to collect any debt,” but failed because she could not establish that oral agreements to withdraw funds legally constituted a “postdated payment instrument.”
Understanding your Debt Collection Rights
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the CFPB enforce laws prohibiting unethical business practices such as the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The FDCPA prohibits activities such as failing to provide verification of a debt, or using false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA). The complaint above illustrates why it is important for consumers to understand their rights before attempting to take action against collection agencies who may have violated these laws.
Private individuals may seek monetary damages in court for alleged violations. For instance, the FDCPA allows consumers to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs. If you believe your rights have been violated by a collection agency, seek legal assistance to ensure you find relief.
Your debt harassment checklist:
- You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies
- You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
- You are recieving calls at work from a debt collection agency
- Debt collectors are calling your friends, neighbors, or coworkers
- Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
- A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
- You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
- A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
- Criminal accusations are being made towards you
- Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
- Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect
If you’ve been harassed by debt collectors and even one of these has happened to you, we can help. We will fight for your rights.
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