If you believe you do not owe the money, contact the creditor in writing and send a copy to the collection agency informing them with a letter not to contact you.A debt collector may not: Report any problems you have with a debt collection company to your State Attorney General's Office, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).If you are unable to make payments on time, you could lose your home.To decide if debt consolidation is right for you, contact a credit counseling service accredited with either of these organizations: If you have a problem with a lender concerning debt consolidation, you should first contact the lender.You can find free or low-cost credit counseling options at: Under the provisions of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), you may qualify for a reduced interest rate on mortgage payments or credit card debt, protection from eviction, or a delay of all civil court actions, such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, or divorce proceedings.
This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts as part of their business, and companies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them.
Within five days after a debt collector first contacts you, the collector must send you a written notice that tells you the name of the creditor, how much you owe, and what action to take if you believe you do not owe the money.
If you owe the money or part of it, contact the creditor to arrange for payment.
This includes money owed on personal credit card accounts, auto loans, medical bills, and mortgages.
The FDCPA does not cover debts incurred in running a business.