Allied Interstate is a debt collection agency that operates in the United States, Canada, India, and other countries. They staff 14,000 employees across 21 call centers. Different companies hire Allied Interstate to collect debts that are past due and delinquent. While Allied Interstate is legally allowed to try to pursue collection of these debts, there are laws they must abide by. The FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act) was enacted in 1978 to protect consumers from any harassment via third-party debt collectors.
Laws Allied Interstate Is Known for Violating
Allied Interstate has been accused of violating a number of FDCPA laws. In 2010** the company was forced to pay the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) a settlement of $1.75 million. The lawsuit accused the debt collection agency of ignoring consumers’ requests to remove them from their calling lists when the collection agency was trying to collect a debt from a wrongfully identified party.
Allied Interstate has also been accused of making harassing phone calls as well as using abusive language with those they were trying to collect debts from. Allied Interstate has been sued more than 500 times in the past three years according to the PACER Public Access to Court Electronics Records system. The company also has a D rating with the BBB.
What to Do If Allied Interstate Is Trying to Collect a Debt from You*
If Allied Interstate contacts you trying to collect a debt you have the right to request verbally or in writing that the company not call you anymore. You may want to send the request in writing via certified mail, however, so that you have proof that the request was sent.
Once Allied Interstate has received your request to stop calling you, log each and every time the company contacts you if it ignores that request. Record the date and time of each call as well as the name of the representative, if possible.
You may want to contact an FDCPA attorney . As a consumer you are protected by the FDCPA laws. If Allied Interstate has violated these laws, you may be entitled to damages including $1,000 in statutory damages for each violation made as well as actual damages. Your FDCPA attorney will help you gather your evidence against the company, determine how much you are entitled to in damages, and can represent you in a court of law to sue Allied Interstate for these damages.
**According to ChargedOff
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Allied Interstate or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.