Are You Being Called By Performant Financial Corporation?* Here's What You Need to Know
Debt collectors can be nasty and intrusive when they refuse to play by the rules. If you’re dealing with an agency that is being unfairly intrusive in dealing with you, there are laws that protect you from being harassed and provide you with remedies when a collector conveniently chooses to forget that those laws exist.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
While debt collectors are legally allowed to contact you about a debt they have been hired to collect, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) prohibits them from deceiving or intimidating you to expedite payment. If the collector you’re dealing with uses methods like the following, they’re breaking the law.
- Swearing and calling you names
- Talking to uninvolved parties such as your friends, family, and co-workers about the debt
- Threatening legal action they have no intention of carrying out
- Contacting you at work if you are not allowed to receive calls there
- Calling at all hours of the day and night
- Demanding an amount that’s not supported by law or the original creditor agreement
Company Profile: Performant Financial Corporation
If you are being called by Performant Financial Corporation, information about the company is below.
Performant Financial Corporation is a debt collection company located in Livermore, California with branch offices in Oregon, Texas and Florida. It was established in 1976, has approximately 1,700 employees, and is managed by its Administrative Services Manager, Celeste Vargas. According to litigation files available for public viewing at the PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) website, consumers who believed they were being harassed by Performant Financial Corporation went to court to seek damages.
Alleged Violations against Performant Financial Corporation
According to PACER, in or around April, 2016, a Georgia resident began receiving collection calls on her cell phone from Performant Financial Corporation. This debt, however, belonged to someone else. Although she informed the agency of this fact, the calls continued. Each time she answered, she heard pauses and/or clicks and a delay at the beginning of the calls, suggesting that an autodialer was in use.
Feeling harassed by Performant Financial Corporation, she hired a consumer attorney and sued the company for allegedly violating the FDCPA in the following ways:
- Harassing her by phone
- Using an autodialer to call her
- Failing to identify itself as a debt collector in all communications
- Using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
The matter was later settled.
Hire an Attorney
The phone numbers for this debt collection agency are:
If you see any of these numbers on your caller ID at any time, it means that you are being called by Performant Financial Corporation. If they keep calling your cell phone over someone else’s debt, hire a consumer attorney. Should you opt to file a claim against Performant Financial Corporation, you could be awarded $1,000 per FDCPA violation. Don’t tolerate abuse because you owe money: fight back instead.
*Case taken from PACER (www.pacer.gov). File number is Case 1:16-cv-01663-ODE from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta 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 Performant Financial Corporation, or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.