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More information can be found here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/newsroom/cfpb-takes-action-against-the-two-largest-debt-buyers-for-using-deceptive-tactics-to-collect-bad-debts/ Consent Orders can be downloaded here: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/administrativeadjudication/ Encore Capital, and their cohorts Midland Funding, Midland Credit Management, asset acceptance, and in a separate action Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRA) have been reprimanded by the CFPB. This includes paying restitution to some debtors which have been sued, or have paid on accounts to Encore, Midland et. al. and having judgments vacated. This will obviously raise the question: Can any of this information be used in your past, present or future collection actions taken against you. For those that can get their judgments vacated or get their lawsuits dismissed, the answer is a resounding yes. Let's discuss the potentialities of these two consent orders, and how it may affect CIC members.
I received a letter from Encore yesterday stating that I owe XXX but it just says payment to FIA Card Services, not to the bank I owe. The problem is, is I already made the minimum payment on my card via online bill pay because the card is linked with my checking account. Should I ignore the letter from Encore? Write them a letter?