Although there are laws in place to protect consumers from abusive and unfair debt collection practices, debt collectors continue to behave in illegal and unethical ways and less than 1% of them face legal consequences.
This is because people are afraid to act. It is important to understand that even if you are unable to pay your debts, it does not mean that you should suffer abuse.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, is a consumer protection law that guarantees your right to dispute a debt and penalizes companies that try to harass you in the following ways:
- Threatening to sue you or garnish your wages
- Using abusive or profane language over the phone
- Chasing you over someone else’s debt
- Calling you at inconvenient times and places
- Pretending that they have filed a lawsuit against you when they have not
- Trying to collect a debt discharged in an earlier bankruptcy
Company Profile: Diverse Funding Associates, LLC
If you are being called by Diverse Funding Associates, LLC, here is some background information about the agency.
Diverse Funding Associates, LLC is a debt buyer and collection agency located in Cheektowaga, New York. It was founded in 2004, has a staff of eight employees, and is managed by Daniel Mendez and Lawrence Sciavi.
An inspection of civil litigation records at the PACER website indicates that consumers who thought they were being harassed by Diverse Funding Associates, LLC were not intimidated. They read up on their rights and acted on them.
Alleged Violations against Diverse Funding Associates, LLC
According to PACER, on or around September 2013, Diverse Funding Associates, LLC purchased a Wells Fargo debt and assigned an agent to collect it from a Florida consumer.
The consumer complained that this agent, which allegedly acted under instructions from Diverse Funding Associates, LLC, left voice messages that did not identify the caller as a debt collector, claimed that it had a “demand notice for a federal document that needs to be signed by you” and otherwise made reference to legal action that never transpired.
Feeling harassed by Diverse Funding Associates, LLC, the consumer obtained legal representation and sued the company for allegedly:
- Using false, deceptive, and misleading means to collect a debt
- Threatening to take action that could nor legally be taken
- Failing to identify itself as a debt collector in all communications
The matter was later dismissed.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone numbers for Diverse Funding Associates, LLC are:
If you see them on your caller ID at any time, it means that you are being called by Diverse Funding Associates, LLC. If they try to scare you into paying by threatening lawsuits and government action, don’t be fooled.
See a consumer lawyer who can help you file a claim against Diverse Funding Associates, LLC. When a collection agency uses outrageous and illegal collection methods, they are counting on you being unaware of your rights. Legal action can be an expensive wake-up call for them.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 8:14-cv-00759-VMC-AEP from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be constructed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Diverse Funding Associates, LLC or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.