Procollect Inc or PCI was founded in 1995 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Also doing business as PCI, this is a debt collection agency focused on collecting rents from residents and former residents of multi-family possessions, health care debt, outstanding utility accounts, and commercial debt. Like most debt collection agencies, ProCollect functions on a commission basis, which means they get a percentage of everything they could accumulate.
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According to the Better Business bureu (BBB), ProCollect is a legitimate collection agency. They have a lawyer on staff that specializes in collection law, indicating that they are in a position to sue customers. The debt collection agency conducts skip tracing, meaning that they cover access to nationwide databases which enable them to locate a current telephone number or address, or both, for a customer whose contact information has changed. Furthermore, the company reports every account that’s charged off as bad debt to all three national credit agencies.
As of May 2017, the Better Business Bureau reported 278 complaints against Procollect over the past three yearss, and Justia recorded nine lawsuits against ProCollect from the past year alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In addition to that, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recorded 154 closed PCI complaints for 2016.
12170 Abrams Road Ste. 100
Dallas, TX 75243
Phone Number: (214) 341-7788
It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely PCI 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 Press Releases of Lawsuits Brought On By Lemberg Law Against PCI
March 13, 2017. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. The case, against ProCollect, charges the debt collection agency with violating federal law and asks for $1,000 in statutory damages under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act plus other relief.
No matter what a person’s age, they don’t want their parents involved in their financial life. That can invite unwanted questions and it can be embarrassing. Our client says that ProCollect started calling his parents’ phone number in an attempt to collect a debt, even though he never provided his parents’ phone number to ProCollect or to the creditor. He says that PCI left voicemail messages on his parents’ answering machine, saying that ProCollect was trying to collect a debt from our client.
This lawsuit charges that ProCollect violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by engaging in harassing behavior; by communicating with a third party about an alleged debt; and by using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt.
March 2, 2017. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law recently filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. The case, against ProCollect, charges the company with violating federal law. It asks for $500 to $1,500 per call in Telephone Consumer Protection Act statutory damages, $1,000 in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) statutory damages, plus other relief.
Debt collection calls can be scary. They can be intimidating. Above all, they can be irritating. That is especially the case when you are not the person who owes the debt. Our client says that ProCollect started calling her cell phone in an attempt to collect a debt from a person with the same name. Our client is not the person who owes a debt, and doesn’t even know the person who owes the debt. When she answered the phone call from PCI, our client heard silence, Followed by an automated click before the call was transferred to a ProCollect debt collector. The silence and the click we’re how she knew it was a robocall. Our client doesn’t know how ProCollect got her cell phone number. She certainly did not give it to them. She suspects ProCollect got it from a skip tracing service. Even though our client called ProCollect and told them that they were calling the wrong person, they continue to robocall her cell phone.
The lawsuit charges that ProCollect violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by robocalling our client’s cell phone without her consent. The lawsuit also charges that ProCollect violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by engaging in harassing behavior; and by using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt.
The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) are enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The FDCPA regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of 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 how these laws can be extremely effective tools to hold accountable collection agencies who fail to adhere to their provisions.
These laws also provide individuals with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
Seek legal assistance to find the relief you may be entitled to if you are having difficulty resolving disputes with a debt collection agency.
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 receiving 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
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