Debt Collection During Debt Verification Period
Debt Validation Period
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) protects the rights of consumers and requires that debt collectors refrain from using deceptive and abusive conduct when attempting to collect debts. The FDCPA prohibits debt collectors from taking certain actions, including communicating with consumers during the debt verification period. If a debt collector made a demand for payment after you sent a debt validation letter but before you received the requested information, he or she may have violated federal debt collection law. Fill out our free case review form today and our debt harassment lawyers will determine if you are owed financial compensation for this illegal debt collection practice.
Within five days of the initial communication, a debt collector must send the consumer a debt validation notice. This notice informs the consumer that they have 30 days to question the validity of the debt. Failure to dispute the debt within the allotted time period will allow the debt collector the right to assume the debt is valid. The debt collector can continue to demand payment for a debt until they receive the consumer’s request for validation; however, once the collector receives the debt validation request, they are prohibited from demanding payment from the consumer until the requested verification information is mailed.
If you or a loved one has been contacted in connection with an outstanding debt during the verification period, you may be entitled to financial damages. Debt collectors are required to follow a certain standard of conduct, and when they use abusive or deceptive debt collection methods, the consumer may have the right to file a debt harassment lawsuit. To find out if you are eligible for an illegal debt collection lawsuit, fill out the free, no obligation contact form. Our debt harassment attorneys are offering this case review at no cost and remain committed to protecting the rights of consumers who were subjected to illegal debt collection practices.