Many consumers are contacted by debt collectors to an extent that they find alarming and harassing. They receive letters that demand payment during the statutory dispute period and embarrassing calls at work.
If this happens to you, understand that these debt collectors are breaking the law and you can make them stop.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, gives legal protection to consumers who are dealing with third-party debt collectors. It grants you the right to order the collector to stop calling you and take legal action against agencies that abuse your rights in the following ways:
- Calling you before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m. in your time zone
- Calling you abusive names over the phone and in voice mails
- Trying to convince you that you’ll be arrested and jailed if you don’t pay
- Inflating the amount of the original debt with illegal collection fees
- Calling your friends and family and telling them that you owe money
- Pretending to be attorneys or federal agents
Company Profile: Syndicated Office Systems, LLC
If you are being called by Syndicated Office Systems, LLC, more information about this company is below.
Syndicated Office Systems, LLC, which also does business as Central Financial Control, is a medical and healthcare debt collection agency headquartered in Anaheim, California. It is an indirect subsidiary of Conifer Health Solutions, LLC.
The company opened for business in 1983, has 100 employees, and is managed by its President, Stephen Mooney.
In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ordered it to pay over $5.4 million to consumers it allegedly harassed in addition to a $500,000 penalty. Legal records at the PACER website indicate that consumers who felt they were being harassed by Syndicated Office Systems, LLC filed claims demanding compensation.
Alleged Violations against Syndicated Office Systems, LLC
According to PACER, on or around September 23, 2015, Syndicated Office Systems, LLC sent a collection letter to a Florida consumer for a medical debt. He insisted that he was not the party the agency was looking for and advised it of the fact, but the collection efforts allegedly continued.
Feeling harassed by Syndicated Office Systems, LLC, the consumer engaged the services of a consumer lawyer and sued the agency for:
- Using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt
- Using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
- Using false, deceptive, and misleading means to collect a debt
The matter was later settled.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone numbers for Syndicated Office Systems, LLC are:
Any time the phone rings and you see one of these numbers on your caller ID, it means that Syndicated Office Systems, LLC is on the line. If you are not the debtor they are looking for but they refuse to stop contacting you, hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Syndicated Office Systems, LLC.
You could be awarded statutory damages and reimbursement for your legal expenses, so take action now.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case 3:15-cv-01277-MMH-MCR from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville 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 Syndicated Office Systems, LLC, or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.