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TAMPA, FL, August 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Debt collectors regularly include "collection fees" in letters, which typically do not raise eyebrows with consumers. In fact, many people pay the collection fees along with the debt because they are afraid of a lawsuit or harm to their credit if the fees are not paid. What those consumers don't know, however, is that the collection fees being charged are often illegal.
"We often see collection agencies violating the law and it goes unchecked until we get involved" says debt fighter Ryan Hasanbasic, Esq. "One violation that has recently come up over and over again is collection companies charging collection fees for telephone and internet bills, like AT&T bills for example, when the consumer's contract did not call for such charges. Unfortunately, the consumer often doesn't know that the collection fees are illegal until they speak with us."
It's a violation of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act to add unauthorized collection fees or interest charges. According to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collectors may not resort to unfair practices when they attempt to collect a debt such as trying to tack on interest, fees or other charges unless the contract that created the debt specifically authorizes such charges. Often consumers are unaware of the specifics of the contract until they speak with experienced lawyer.
The Florida Debt Fighters pursue claims at no out-of-pocket costs to the consumer and, if successful, may be able to stop the collection attempts and recover money for the consumer.
About Debt Fighters
The Florida Debt Fighters are a nationally known law firm that has successfully sued many of the largest collection companies in the country. The Florida Debt Fighters are dedicated to helping consumers to fight against illegal and abusive practices by debt collectors. The law firm's mission is to level the playing field against big collection companies. The attorneys serve clients throughout the Florida communities of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Trinity and Spring Hill and has an office located at 2203 N. Lois, #830, Tampa, FL 33607 (local phone 813-932-2942). To learn more about the Florida Debt Fighters Disparti Law Group, P.A., call (800) 633-4091 or use the firm's online contact form.
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