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Are You Being Called By Mariner Finance Florida, Inc.?*

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Are You Being Called By Mariner Finance Florida, Inc.?* Here’s What You Need to Know

Nearly everyone today owes some form of debt, but some of us carry more debt than we can pay back due to job loss or divorce. When our accounts go into arrears, debt collectors will soon start calling, and few of them will be respectful or willing to work with you.

Your Rights Under the FDCPA

In 1977, Congress passed the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. It gives you the right to refuse to pay and sue collection agencies who use strategies like those below to pressure you into paying the debt.

  • Using an autodialer
  • Calling you rude and demeaning names
  • Adding illegal service fees to the original debt
  • Harassing you over a debt that isn’t yours
  • Telling your friends and neighbors that you owe money
  • Refusing to provide you with information about the debt upon request

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Company Profile: Mariner Finance Florida, Inc.

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If you are being called by Mariner Finance Florida, Inc., here are some additional company details.

Mariner Finance Florida, Inc., which used to do business as Sunbelt Credit Corporation of Florida is a financing company and debt collection agency headquartered in Nottingham, Maryland. It opened for business in 2002, employs over 1300 people across its many offices, and is overseen by Joshua Johnson. Legal records at the PACER legal archive show that those who believed Mariner Finance Florida, Inc. was harassing them took action.

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Alleged Violations against Mariner Finance Florida, Inc.**

According to PACER, on or around August 31, 2014, Mariner Finance Florida, Inc. reported a loan allegedly owed by a Florida consumer to the credit bureaus. He asserted that the loan had been in default since 2008, making it legally uncollectible, and that the amount they reported was $4,869 when the original debt was $2,943.

Feeling harassed by Mariner Finance Florida, Inc., he sued the company for:

  • Pursuing a time-barred debt
  • Inflating the original amount
  • Reporting incorrect information to the credit bureaus

The matter was later dismissed.

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Hire a Consumer Lawyer

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If they appear on your caller ID, Mariner Finance Florida, Inc. may be calling you to collect a debt. If they try to collect a time-barred debt by reporting it to the credit bureaus as a recent one, hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Mariner Finance Florida, Inc. You could be awarded $1,000 per violation, so when debt collectors trample on your rights, the law provides you with a way of fighting back.

**Case taken from PACER ( File number is Case 8:15-cv-01303-MSS-JSS from the United States District Court, Florida Middle District Court.

*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 Mariner Finance Florida, Inc. or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.

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About the author:

Contributing Author: Sergei Lemberg

Sergei Lemberg is a consumer rights attorney, practicing since 2006, whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He is known for a United States Supreme Court case (Facebook v. Duguid) defending consumers from autodialers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 to send unsolicited text messages. He is also the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.

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