Is Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere calling you?* Here's what you need to know.
Debt collectors are relentless for a reason. When you pay the debt, they get paid too. In an effort to maximize their paycheck they call you at all hours, threaten lawsuits, and in general become your worst nightmare. Don’t be intimidated. When they behave in this manner, they are breaking the law and if they keep it up, they could end up owing you money instead.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, is a consumer protection law passed by Congress in 1977 to curb extreme behavior by abusive debt collectors. Collection agencies are prohibited from using pressure tactics like the following to settle a consumer debt:
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Using abusive or obscene language
- Calling you at work after you’ve told them that your employer won’t let you take such calls
- Threatening legal action they have no intention of taking
- Claiming to be an attorney or a law enforcement official
Company Profile: Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere
Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere is a debt collection law office located in Hicksville, New York, with additional offices in Queens, New York and Jersey City, New Jersey. It was established in 1993 and is managed by James P. Scully, Partner. Records archived at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website reveals that the office has been accused of violating the FDCPA during its years in business.
Alleged Violations against Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere
Plaintiff vs. Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere et al**
On or about late 2012, a New York resident started getting collection calls from Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere, who were looking for someone else. In January 2013 she sent by certified mail a letter telling them to stop calling her home phone as the debtor could not be reached there. After receiving the above referenced letter, the office allegedly continued to call the number in question.
On May 24, 2013, The Plaintiff filed a complaint against Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere in the Eastern District of New York for these calls made in violation of the FDCPA. The matter was resolved, but in or around November 2014, the office began calling her home phone again in an attempt to collect the debt from the same debtor.
Frustrated, she hired a consumer attorney sued Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere for the following alleged FDCPA violations:
- Contacting third parties for purposes other than acquiring location information
- Engaging in harassing, oppressive, or abusive behavior
- Causing her phone to ring repeatedly and engaging her in telephone conversations, with the intent to annoy and harass
- Using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt
The matter was later settled.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere are:
If your phone rings and you see any of these numbers on your caller ID, it means that a debt collection attorney or their representative is calling. If they call you to the point of harassment about someone else’s debt, hire a consumer attorney. You could potentially win $1,000 per FDCPA violation in any subsequent court action as well as attorney's fees, court costs, and any actual damages, so be prepared to stand up for yourself at the start.
*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 Daniels, Norelli, Scully, & Cecere or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.
**Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case: 2:15-cv-01128-JFB-GRB from United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.