Many consumers who have lost their jobs, become divorced, and run up unexpected medical bills could find themselves unable to pay their car loan, mortgage, credit cards, and other debt. On top of the anxiety and worry they feel, debt collectors start harassing them for payment.
If anyone is being victimized by abusive debt collectors, a consumer lawyer can help them get justice.
Your Rights Under the FDCPA
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, or FDCPA, protects indebted consumers from debt collector harassment. If you are dealing with a company that uses these types of actions to make you pay a debt, federal law allows you to sue for compensation.
- Repeatedly calling only to harass or annoy you
- Calling you at work after being told to stop
- Chasing you for a debt that’s barred by statute
- Using racist or sexist language
- Trying to make you pay more than you actually owe
- Contacting you directly after you hire an attorney
Company Profile: Waterman Financial Group, LLC
If you are being called by Waterman Financial Group, LLC, additional details about the company are below.
Waterman Financial Group, LLC is a collection agency located in Tempe, Arizona. It was established in 2016, is managed by Todd J. Bure, and is the subject of several scam accusations and complaints.
According to information retained at the PACER website, consumers who thought they were being harassed by Waterman Financial Group, LLC sued the company for illegal debt collection practices.
Alleged Violations against Waterman Financial Group, LLC
According to PACER, in or around February 2017, Waterman Financial Group, LLC began to call an Illinois consumer to collect a debt. He alleged that each time he answered the phone, he heard a recorded message followed by a noticeable pause, before a live representative began to speak.
The collectors allegedly told him he owed a debt to his bank, but he was unaware of any debt and even called his bank to confirm. When the consumer told them to stop calling, they allegedly disregarded the request.
He claimed that they also left confusing voice messages on his cell phone, identifying themselves as Waterman Financial Group HR representatives and accusing him of check fraud.
They also allegedly threatened to issue a warrant for his arrest and take him to jail as well as garnish his social security and disability. The consumer added that collectors called his mother, sister, and girlfriend and told them that if he didn’t pay the debt, he would be sued and could face five to 10 years in prison.
Feeling harassed by Waterman Financial Group, LLC, the consumer fought back by suing the agency for:
- Using harassing and abusive means to collect a debt
- Harassing him by phone
- Using unfair and unconscionable means to collect a debt
- Failing to identify itself as a debt collector in all communications
- Threatening actions it could not legally take
- Refusing to validate the debt on request
A judge awarded the consumer $6,500 in statutory damages, plus court costs and attorney fees.
Hire a Consumer Lawyer
The phone numbers for Waterman Financial Group, LLC are:
If you see either of them on your caller ID, it’s a warning sign that Waterman Financial Group, LLC is on the line. Don’t be intimidated by lawsuit threats: instead, hire a consumer lawyer and file a claim against Waterman Financial Group, LLC.
Debt collectors who abuse and threaten consumers can be ordered to compensate them, so being the first one to sue can give you an advantage.
Case taken from PACER (pacer.gov). File number is Case: 1:17-cv-03747 from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern 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 Waterman Financial Group, LLC or any other third-party collection agency, you may not be entitled to any compensation.