Penn Credit Corporation is a debt collection agency located in Harrisburg, PA. The Better Business Bureau indicates that the business was started locally and incorporated in 1987. The BBB opened its file on this collection agency about nine months after its initial founding. Buzzfile indicates Penn Credit Corp. has an annual revenue of $5.6 million and an estimated staff of 13.
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Penn Credit is a legitimate debt collection agency. It describes itself as a “cutting edge leader in the collections industry whose professionalism, ethics, and integrity…serve as a model for how collection agencies should be run.” It acts as a third-party collection agency for the following markets: consumer credit cards; commercial accounts receivable; direct marketing, including book, movie, and music clubs; student loan providers; state, county, and municipal debts such as taxes, traffic citations, and court fines; healthcare; retail credit; telecommunications; and utilities.
Its website lists affiliations with The Association of Credit & Collection Professionals (ACA International); American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM); Telecommunication and Risk Management Association (TRMA); Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA); International Parking Institute (IPI); and The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The Consumer FAQs link on the company’s About page contains information for consumers trying to pay a debt, including contact information; a link to an online pay portal; call center hours; information about the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA); information about the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA); a link to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC); and a link to information about resolving consumer debt.
As of January 2018, the Better Business Bureau lists a total of 133 closed complaints against Penn Credit Corporation in the previous three years; 55 of these complaints were closed in the previous year. Of these complaints, 33 were resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant. Many of the complaints resulted from calls for unverified debts or excessive phone calls. In addition, there were 16 negative customer reviews of this company complaining of rude collection agents; inaccurate billing and reporting information; and excessive phone calls. The BBB had given the debt collection agency a rating of A-. Justia lists at least five different cases of civil litigation naming Penn Credit Corp. as the defendant.
Penn Credit Corporation
916 S 14th St
Harrisburg, PA 17104-3425
Telephone: (717) 238-7124
It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely Penn Credit 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 filed in Federal Court
Two sample cases illustrate the nature of complaints most often filed against Penn Credit. In June 2017, a consumer filed a civil suit against multiple defendants, including Penn Credit. In this case, the plaintiff complained that a bill he received resulted from the extradition efforts of a public defender’s office. The plaintiff was unemployed and without property at the time; claimed the debt was the result of credit discrimination; and requested that the debt be removed from his credit report. Although the judge did give consideration to the plaintiff’s charge of unverifiable debt, no specific violation of the FDCPA or FCRA was identified in this case.
In another case in November 2015, a judge considered a default judgement against Penn Credit Corp for alleged violations of the FDCPA provision against excessive phone calls. The plaintiff in this case charged that, over a two-month period, Penn Credit made so many phone calls, including robocalls placed to a cellular telephone, that the debt collection agency violated provisions of the FDCPA.
Lemberg Law Client Lawsuits
June 5, 2017. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania. The case, against Penn Credit Corporation, charges the debt collection agency with violating federal law and asks for $1,000 in statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other relief.
When the phone rings and it is a debt collector, you can’t be blamed if your heart starts to race and your palms get a little sweaty. When you realize that the debt collector is trying to reach someone who doesn’t even live with you, that makes it even worse. Our client says that Penn Credit Corporation called her in an attempt to collect a debt from someone else. She contacted the debt collection agency to inquire about the calls, at which time the debt collector asked to speak with the person who owed the money. Our client advised the debt collection agency that the person who owed the money did not live with her and that they were not reachable at her phone number. She also asked them to stop calling her. Nevertheless, the debt collection agency continued calling our client in attempt to collect the other person’s debt.
September 20, 2015. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, against Penn Credit Corporation. Our client wrote a cease and desist letter PennCredit , telling them to stop calling her. Despite the letter, this collection agency continued to call.
The lawsuit charges that Penn Credit Corporation violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by continuing to contact our client after having received written notification from her to stop calling; by engaging in harassing behavior; and by using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt. The suit seeks statutory damages of $1,000, punitive damages, and other relief.
There are federal laws designed to protect consumers against collection agencies that engage in unethical business practices. For example, the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) contain provisions that restrict and regulate the way collection agencies can conduct business. The FCRA regulates the way in which collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. It also provides consumers with certain rights regarding access to their financial information, such as requesting free copies of their reports or requesting changes to information on their reports. The FDCPA is designed to ensure that collection agencies and their employees follow certain guidelines that prohibit illegal activity, such as using abusive or threatening language, harassing consumers, misrepresenting the nature of a debt, and tactics like making an excessive number of calls to the same person. Collection agencies can be held accountable if consumers suspect illegal activity.
Both of these laws also provide individuals with a means to seek damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover monetary damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs. If you are concerned that a collections agent has violated your rights under these laws, seeking assistance may help you find the relief you are entitled to.
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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
- A debt collector makes criminal accusations against you
- A debt collector uses obscene or profane language
- You receive automated debt collection robocalls to your cell phone
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