Are you being called by Global Recovery Group, LLC?* Here’s what you need to know
Debt collectors are widely despised for a number of reasons. Although there are plenty of companies that observe the law, consumers frequently post reports of collection agencies using pressure tactics to scare consumers into paying. All of these actions are illegal when used to collect a debt.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
Before the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, was passed in 1977 to protect consumers from unethical debt collectors, tactics like the following were routine. Now using them can get a collection agency shut down permanently.
- Failing to identify themselves during each communication as a debt collector seeking to collect a debt
- Pretending to be police officers, government officials, or any other law enforcement figure
- Using obscene, profane, and threatening language
- Calling the consumer at work after being informed that the workplace does not allow non-business calls
- Telling the debtor’s friends, neighbors, and uninvolved family members about the debt
- Failing or refusing to validate the debt
Company Profile: Global Recovery Group, LLC
If you are being called by Global Recovery Group, LLC, information about the company is below.
Global Recovery Group, LLC is a debt collection agency headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with branch offices in Ohio and Maryland. It was established in 2003, has approximately 50 employees, and is managed by its CEO, Barry Fromm. According to records archived at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website, people who believed they were being harassed by Global Recovery Group, LLC responded by suing the company for compensation.
Alleged Violations against Global Recovery Group, LLC
According to PACER, in or around mid-December 2013, Global Recovery Group, LLC contacted the sister of a California resident in an attempt to collect a consumer debt. He later claimed that collectors left a message on her voicemail system stating that there was a claim against him.
When the plaintiff called to investigate, Global Recovery Group, LLC allegedly refused to disclose any information until he provided his credit card information and agreed to state that he had received a letter in the mail from the company. When he finally provided his credit card details, the company allegedly informed him that the alleged debt originated from a “Checks into Cash” Payday Loan from 2010, which he believed he had already paid.
The plaintiff claimed that Global Recovery Group, LLC allegedly told him that he must make an immediate payment on the alleged debt or they would bring criminal charges against him for fraud. Upon concluding the conversation, he canceled his credit card to avoid any fraudulent charges.
Feeling harassed by Global Recovery Group, LLC, he hired a consumer attorney and sued the company for allegedly violating the FDCPA in the following ways:
- Failing to send a debt validation letter after the first communication
- Contacting him at inconvenient places and times
- Using false, deceptive and misleading means to collect a debt
- Using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
- Contact an unauthorized third party about the debt
The matter was later dismissed.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for this collection agency are:
If any of them appear on your caller ID when the phone rings, it means that you are being called by Global Recovery Group, LLC. If they threaten you with legal action after you refuse to pay a debt you do not owe, hire a consumer attorney. Such conduct is illegal under the FDCPA, and if you file a claim against Global Recovery Group, LLC and win, you could potentially be awarded $1,000 per violation as well as attorney’s fees, court costs, and any actual damages. When debt collectors go too far, the law can help you rectify things.
*Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case 2:14-cv-02422-ODW-MRW from the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
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 Global Recovery Group, LLC, or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.