What debt collection practices are considered unfair?

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Unfair debt collection practices encompass a range of behaviors deemed unacceptable by regulatory bodies such as the SEC MC 18, which outlines prohibited actions for Financial Companies (FCs) and Lending Companies (LCs). These practices include:

  1. Violence or Threats: Threatening or using violence against the borrower, their reputation, or property is strictly prohibited.
  2. Illegal Threats: Making threats to take actions that are not legally permissible constitutes unfair practice.
  3. Use of Offensive Language: Employing obscenities, insults, or profane language in communication with the borrower is considered unacceptable.
  4. Privacy Violation: Disclosing or publishing borrowers’ personal information due to alleged non-payment, except as permitted by Section 2 of MC 18, is not permitted.
  5. False Information: Communicating or threatening to communicate false loan information is prohibited unless allowed by Section 2 of MC 18.
  6. Deceptive Means: Using false representations or deceptive tactics to collect debts or gather borrower information is unfair.
  7. Time Restrictions: Contacting borrowers before 6:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m. is prohibited, unless the account is past due for more than 15 days, or the borrower has explicitly consented to such contact times.
  8. Unauthorized Contact: Contacting individuals listed in the borrower’s contacts, excluding guarantors or co-makers, is considered unfair practice.

These regulations aim to ensure that debt collection processes are conducted with integrity, respect for privacy, and within legal boundaries, safeguarding the rights and well-being of borrowers. Compliance with these guidelines is essential for maintaining ethical standards in the financial industry.

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