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A debt collection operation was recently stopped by a court order requested by the Federal Trade Commission.
According to an annual report released today by BBB, consumer complaints increased 9.7 percent in 2009. Cell phone, cable/satellite TV and banking industries top the list for most complaints filed.
The Better Business Bureau is issuing an alert about a widespread scam that involves phony debt collectors who have an alarming amount of private information about their victims.
It's become an all-too-familiar headline and lead story - job cuts, dot.com failures, corporate restructuring and lay-offs.
If you use credit cards, owe money on a personal loan, or are paying on a home mortgage, you are a "debtor." If you fall behind in repaying your creditors, or an error is made on your accounts, you may be contacted by a "debt collector."