Shout Out: ‘Confessions of Former Debt Collectors’

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“You’d be surprised what goes on behind closed doors. Every day, you were asked to break the law. If you didn’t break the law, you were asked what was wrong with you.”

That’s a sample of some of the shocking details given by 10 former debt collectors in a CNNMoney story. It’s a must-read for anyone who is currently dealing with debt collectors, or who will be soon due. Another snippet from the same former collector:

Revealing a person’s debt to friends, relatives and neighbors was common, even though it’s illegal. We were encouraged to harass people and were told to do things like threaten to repossess a person’s car, even when it was unwarranted. The pressure was unbelievable. If you didn’t produce money, you would be fired in a heartbeat, and this brought out the worst in people.

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