Mississippi residents with mounting debts often get phone calls from debt collectors. Some of these threatening callers may not be following regulations on debt collection procedures. In fact, debt collectors are sometimes accused of harassing debtors. According to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), collectors have limitations as to what they are permitted to do when attempting to collect debts. The same regulations apply to credit card debts, missed payments on mortgages, vehicle loans and medical bills.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) states that the FDCPA forbids debt collectors from using unjust methods to collect debts. For example, debt collectors aren’t allowed to use foul language during calls. The FDCPA covers calls made by lawyers and third parties. However, legal regulations do not enforce these rules on the original creditors. Per the official FDCPA guidelines, debt collectors aren’t legally permitted to call debtors prior to 8 a.m. or later than 9 p.m.

Debt collectors cannot call people at their jobs about missed payments if the debtors previously requested them to refrain from calling. Furthermore, debt collectors aren’t allowed to harass debtors. Harassment includes making several phone calls within a 24-hour period. Debt collectors must honor written requests asking that they cease making phone calls and sending texts regarding the payment of debts.

Debt collectors aren’t allowed to divulge confidential information to other people (except for a spouse) about a person’s debts. In addition, a debt collector is not permitted to make a threat of repossession. If a debtor has hired a lawyer, collectors must contact this attorney instead of the debtor. Bankruptcy offers a legal solution to a pressing problem.

Sometimes, even the best intentions to pay back debts involve severe financial repercussions. That’s why an individual facing heavy debts may want to consult with a bankruptcy attorney.