Vengroff Williams Inc VWI Collections Complaints. Stop the Calls

Many consumers bring up complaints about harassing collection calls

Vengroff Williams Inc or VWI 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.

Who is Vengroff Williams – VWI?

Vengroff Williams , Inc. (VWI) is a multi-service venture capital corporation that also offers first- and third-party debt collection. Based in Sarasota, FL, VWi has received many consumer complaints alleging practices such as abusive customer service; calling people at work to discuss financial matters; and attempts to collect debts not owed, all in violation of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA).  If you have been contacted by VWi, know your rights before attempting resolution.

Is Vengroff Williams a scam?

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), VWI is a legitimate collection agency founded and incorporated in Florida in 1990, and the BBB opened its file on them in 1999. VWi is listed as a corporate collection agency and uses the following alternate business names: Asset Recovery Management; Vengroff Williams Investments, LP; Vengroff Billing Services; Equipment Return Services; and Asset Recovery Management. VWI has additional locations in California, New York, and Illinois. Buzzfile estimates VWi’s annual revenue at $11.7 million, and the size of its headquarters staff at 80 people.

VWI’s website contains a lot of complex business jargon that makes it difficult for the average site visitor to gain a clear understanding of their primary business function. Essentially, they describe themselves as a corporation offering “innovation that drives working capital solutions for sustainable business value.” Active in the insurance, healthcare, consumer packaged goods, transportation, manufacturing, technology, and media industries, VWI acts as venture capital and management partner to enable the automation and “optimization” of the day-to-day operations of their client businesses. This service is sold as a means to increasing efficiency and profitability with the added benefit of freeing business owners to focus “on their core competencies…to simplify, accelerate, and grow.”

Vengroff Williams provides first-party and third-party debt collection. VWI’s first-party collectors provide Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) services for healthcare providers and are “expertly-trained to manage…patient collections accounts with care.” Their “best-in-class” collectors “follow up with patients who owe for copays, co-insurance, deductible or non-covered transactions.” Their third-party collectors are “fully trained on all FDCPA guidelines plus extensive compliance and rigor or applied standards to ensure professionalism and proper collection techniques.” VWI takes the view that their automated processes have the benefit of reducing or removing the “time-consuming and manually intensive tasks [that normally] ensure accurate management of collections processes.”

How many Complaints are there against Vengroff Williams Inc – VWI?

The BBB has closed 70 complaints against Vengroff Williams in the past three years, with 17 closed in the past twelve months. Almost all of these complaints allege problems with billing and collection. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has logged 13 consumer complaints against VWI since June 2015, mostly for attempts to collect debts not owed. Justia lists at least 7 cases of civil litigation naming VWI as a defendant.

Contact Information

Vengroff Williams, Inc.
2211 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34237-6116
Telephone: 1 (941) 363-5200

Can Vengroff Williams Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?

It is illegal for a debt collector to threaten to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely VWI 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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Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Vengroff Williams Inc – VWI?

Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases

Vengroff Williams believes its highly automated and technologically advanced business processes designed to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the information in its client accounts necessarily result in a better and more effective collections effort. Ironically, many of the complaints against Vengroff Williams illustrate the problems caused by an overly-automated and depersonalized management system. In August 2017, a complainant indicated that he had received collection notices from VWI for $183.39 for a garage door installation charge his ex-wife had bought using her credit card several months earlier. For some reason, the billing information was issued in his name. He contacted a manager at VWI and informed him of the problem, and the manager told him it was likely because he had purchased items at the same store himself, so his name may have automatically come up when his ex-wife provided an address. The manager indicated he would correct the error and send the bill to his ex-wife. Unfortunately, at the time of the complaint, which occurred after his discussion with the manager, and after his wife had filed and discharged a bankruptcy that included the debt in question, he was still receiving collection notices from VWI for the same item. The complainant also contacted the bankruptcy attorney who had attempted to fax a cease and desist order to VWI, but the attorney indicated the fax number was not working. The complainant accused VWI of not looking “closely at this order and just assumed to put my name on this form,” and requested that VWI cease all efforts to collect the debt. VWI responded that they “investigated and reviewed the file based on the claimant’s dispute…closed the file as disputed…returned [it] to the client… [and indicated that] no further recovery efforts will take place from our offices.”

Vengroff Williams Calling You?

Understand 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.

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Have you had a bad experience with this agency’s debt collectors? Sound off and share your experience with other visitors in the comment box below.

  • Ashlie Brown

    Vengroff Williams sent me a collection notice for someone else’s debt. On September 18, 2018, Vengroff Williams sent me a collection notice for $395.86 on behalf of U-HAUL OVERTIME (LB). The last time I used a U-Haul service was in 2015, so I was certain this was an error. After checking my email archives, my bank account records, and my online U-Haul account, I confirmed that I paid in full for the U-Haul services three years ago. The account number referenced on the collection notice is linked to another person with a similar name in the online U-Haul payment system, which I am able to see by using the account number. That is how I discovered that Vengroff Williams has sent me a collection notice for a debt owed by someone else, who happens to have a similar name. My first and last names are both very common, so it is unbelievable that Vengroff Williams could send out notices based on such little identifiable information.

    I am just starting the process to fight it, but I am furious that I will have to spend hours of my time disputing a debt that has absolutely no connection to me. I hope to resolve this directly with Vengroff Williams in a timely fashion, but I am interested in anything I can do to hold them accountable. It is outrageous that they continue to make these errors over and over when the consquences could be disastrous for innocent consumers.

  • B

    Tried to come after me for an invalid debt. When i asked for proof I owed any money, they told me they would have my license revoked if I did not agree to pay. Miserable scum.

  • Michael Manning

    Nice how they try to scare you with “affect your driving privileges”

    This is Michelle with Vengroff Williams Incorporated on behalf of our clients State Farm regarding an accident that happened on November 13th, 2018. This matter could affect your driving privileges. Please give our office a call. Our phone number here is 1 800-278-3309, and refer to reference number #####

  • Oliver R

    I have been harassed by Vengroff Williams. They have been harassing me on a consistent basis. They’ve threatened to shut off my driving license if I didn’t “pay up” and have discussed this alleged legal case with relatives not related to this case in attempts to coerce money from them as well. It is embarrassing that they went to non related parties and threatened actions they legally can’t take. Please help

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