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Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law (Sokoloff) is a third-party debt collection agency based in New York. Sokoloff has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including attempting to collect debts not owed and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If you have been contacted by Sokoloff, make sure you understand your rights before taking action.
According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law was founded in 1992. The BBB established Sokoloff’s profile page in 1998. Sokoloff is listed as a collection agency. The BBB indicates that mail sent in October 2015 to the registered address for this firm was returned with a Forwarding Order Expired notification by the U.S. Postal Service.
The website for the Sokoloff firm at www.richardsokoloff.com consists of only one page that includes the name of the firm, identifies them as a debt collection specialist, and provides an address and phone number. In addition, the center frame includes three promotional statements:
- “For Over 15 Years, Debt Collection Is Our Only Business!”
- “We Get You the Results You Expect!”
- “Your complete solution for all your debt collection.”
There are no additional internal or external links or references, and no information about business practices or consumer protection laws or resources.
As of December 2017, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) has given Richard Sokoloff Attorney at Law a rating of F. The BBB has closed 17 complaints against Sokoloff in the preceding 3 years, with 7 closed in the past 12 months. Most of those complaints allege problems with billing and collections. As of June 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has received 14 complaints about Sokoloff. Justia lists at least 3 cases of civil litigation involving Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law.
Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases against Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law
Complaints against Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law commonly cite problems resulting from disagreements about payment arrangements and billing documentation. In December 2016, a complainant indicated that she had been contacted by a Sokoloff representative regarding a delinquent bill from a dental visit. The complainant indicated that she was having difficulty paying for the dental visit, and that the dentist had provided substandard care. She disputed the claim with Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law and negotiated payments of $100 per month to satisfy the debt. The complainant indicated that she had maintained payments for the first few months with difficulty and always made payments within a few days if she ever missed a payment. Upon reviewing her checking account, she noticed what she alleged was evidence that Sokoloff had been taking out twice the monthly amount they had agreed to. She claimed she had difficulty detecting the double charges because the dates of the withdrawals, combined with the standard delay of one to three days for charges to register in her account, made the accounting error harder to detect. However, she also saw that the frequency with which her checking account was overdrawn resulted from monthly withdrawals of $200 instead of $100. Her complaint concerned the amount she authorized Sokoloff to withdraw each month, and as a resolution, she requested that Sokoloff credit the balance of her account with the total amount of overdraft fees she had been charged. She also requested that her December payment be reversed, since she had evidence of two withdrawals from her account for the month of December 2016.
Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law did not provide a public response to this complaint. However, the complainant indicated that the response she had received was an acceptable resolution.
Richard Sokoloff, Attorney at Law
990 S. 2nd Street, Suite 1
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779-7258
Telephone: (631) 369-7181
Understanding Your Debt Collection Rights
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 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
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