This article was written by Lemberg Law staff, and reviewed by Sergei Lemberg, the managing attorney of Lemberg Law.
Reliant Capital Solutions or RCS is a third-party collection agency based in Ohio. RCS has received consumer complaints alleging serious violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), including making false statements in an effort to collect a debt. If you have been contacted by this debt collector, make sure you understand your rights before responding.
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They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Reliant Capital Solutions, LLC is a legitimate collection agency founded and incorporated in Columbus, OH in 2006. The BBB opened its file in 2008. RCS is listed as a collection agency that uses the alternate business names, RCS and Reliant Recovery Solutions, LLC. Buzzfile estimates RCS‘ annual revenue at $$9.9 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 185 employees
According to its website, RCS is “fully committed to professional, ethical, and legal conduct throughout the collection process.” RCS’ collection staff takes “pride in knowing that every dollar collected has been the result of a highly skilled team of negotiators, determined to make a difference for our clients.” RCS states its mission is a commitment to their clients’ bottom line, and they consider themselves problem-solvers and long-term partners dedicated to putting clients first “to achieve maximum results.”There are over 20 different phone numbers and an alternate website listed on the RCS profile page. The Additional Information section includes a warning about RCS’ business practices and a notice of consumer rights under the FDCPA.
Reliant Capital Solutions collects delinquent accounts for higher education; health care; automotive; retail; commercial; and teleservices. As a full-service third-party collection agency, their collection staff also offers payment monitoring programs; cure programs; customer service programs; customer retention programs; skip tracing; asset searches; legal services; and custom phone campaigns. Their management team provides real-time graphical reports; agent monitoring and coaching; and digital call recording.
Aside from a statement that they are committed to “professional, ethical, and legal conduct,”the RCS website does not contain any information about compliance policies or training and does not contain any links or references to consumer protection resources, laws, or agencies.
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As of October 2017, the BBB has closed 11 complaints against Reliant Capital Solutions in the preceding three years, with 2 closed in the past 12 months. All of those complaints allege problems with billing and collections. The BBB has posted a notice that states in part, “Consumers from across the United States have contacted BBB indicating the Reliant representatives falsely identify themselves as being from a government entity, such as the Attorney General’s office.”Since April 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 24 complaints against RCS, and Justia lists at least 8 cases of civil litigation naming RCS as a defendant.
Reliant Capital Solutions, LLC
670 Cross Pointe Road
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely RCS 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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The BBB has posted a notice on the profile page for Reliant Capital Solutions that reads, in part:
“Consumers from across the United States have contacted BBB indicating the Reliant Capital Solutions’ representatives falsely identify themselves as being from a government entity, such as the Attorney General’s office.
“Consumers are advised that it is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to falsely state that a complaint has been filed against a consumer, to fail to disclose that a communication is from a debt collector, to make a telephone call without meaningful disclosure of the caller’s identity or to falsely state and/or imply that the caller is with the attorney general’s office.
“RCS has responded to some consumers indicating they would not be contacted by phone again, or the account was returned or that if the consumer would like the calls to stop they may send a letter asking them not to contact them by phone…”
Consumer complaints confirm this pattern of abuse. For example, in June 2015, a complainant indicated that she had made arrangements with RCS to pay off a delinquent debt over a three-month period. The complainant never “received any paperwork or… receipt of payment for her records” after the debt was satisfied. She indicated that she had called them twice asking for documentation and that they had told him, “‘We will get that right out to you tomorrow in the mail,’” but she never received anything. She was concerned that the debt would be recycled and another agency would hold her liable again. In response, RCS confirmed that after receiving her call for a receipt, “no letter was generated, and the employee who took the call is no longer employed.” As for the second request, RCS “mailed out a letter to the address they have on file, which is consistent with the address the consumer…put on this complaint.” RCS attached a copy to the complaint response and assured the complainant that the new collection item she was concerned about was not the same debt.
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (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).
Can I sue RCS for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you 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.
You may have a case, if…
- 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 family, 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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