Iowa joins national crack-down on abusive debt collectors

(Des Moines, IA) -- Iowa is joining a national effort to crack down on phantom debt collection and abusive and threatening debt collection practices.

“So many Iowans are under financial pressure during the pandemic, and bad actors take advantage of that stress and fear,” Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said. “We’re joining the FTC in rolling out new information to help consumers know their rights if they receive a call from a debt collector.”

Operation Corrupt Collector, includes enforcement actions brought by the FTC and other agencies against debt collectors engaged in these illegal practices.

He says some of the scammers scammers threaten to arrest you, suspend your driver’s license, or call your employer if you don’t pay immediately, hang up and report the collector to the FTC and the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

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