What you need to know about Fair Debt Collection

You have rights when a debt collector is pursuing you. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was created to promote fair debt collection procedures and to protect consumers against debt collection abuses. Learn more.

What to do with errors on Your Credit Report

You have the right to have your credit report accurately reflect your credit history.  If your credit report contains inaccuracies that are causing you harm in obtaining credit, employment or insurance, the Fair Credit Reporting Act provides relief for consumers.

 

Error on your Employment Background Report?

If you've had an inaccuracy on your employment background report, you are protected by the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Find out more about false employment reports and know your rights.

Are you the victim of Consumer Fraud

Have you been duped into purchasing a vehicle based upon misrepresentations from the dealer as to the history of the vehicle?  Dealerships will hide previous accident history or other undesirable history of a vehicle to make a sale.  You have rights against those who commit consumer fraud.

Have You Bought a Lemon

If your new vehicle has been subject to multiple repairs for a defect, you may have purchased a lemon.  If you did, you have rights.  Learn more about your protection under the lemon laws.

 

Who has access to your Credit Report

Many Americans consider their credit information to be private information, and it should be. But who has access to your report and who protects your privacy? Read our latest blog post to find out.


Protecting Consumer Rights - Presented By SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C.

SmithMarco, P.C. is a private law firm dedicated to representing consumers and protecting their rights. Managing partners Larry Smith and David Marco have been practicing consumer protection for over 35 years combined and have successfully defended consumers in thousands of cases. They are experienced Fair Debt Collection Practices Act attorneys and credit report and background dispute lawyers who can ensure that your rights are protected, that debt collector harassment stops, and that credit and background report errors are corrected depending on your needs. Learn more about some of their trial victories here.

If you feel your rights have been violated in regards to debt collection, credit report errors, background check errors, consumer fraud, or lemon laws, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free case review or give us a call at 888-822-1777.

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You have rights as a consumer!

Even though you may be behind in your bills, it does not give a bill collector the right to harass or abuse you for payment.  As a debtor, you have rights.  Find out what a debt collector can and cannot do, or what they must tell you when trying to collect a debt.  If your consumer rights have been violated, we can help.

Are you a victim?

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The law is on your side.

There are laws written to protect consumers from unscrupulous debt collection practices.  Overreaching and abusive practices are not allowed.  In addition, there are consumer laws that provide for assistance in dealing with the burden of paying an attorney to help you with this problem. Let us see if we can help you with abusive collection practices.

Free Case Review?

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You may be entitled to compensation.

Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you may be entitled to compensation as the law provides for a recovery of up to $1,000.  The law also provides for the recovery of attorneys fees and court costs.  We offer a free case review to determine if your FDCPA consumer rights were violated.  Contact us to discuss your situation.

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Recent Protecting Consumer Rights Blog Posts

Credit Report vs. Credit Score

March 24, 2017

Your credit report and credit score are two different things. While consumers often refer to them as one and the same, they really are two separate entities.  While both items are related to your credit and financial worthiness, your report is a summary of your credit history and your score is a number assigned to your history based upon a mathematical equation that values certain aspects of your credit history.  Many experts refer to your credit report as a report card and your credit score as your grade point average or GPA.More >

Everything you Need to Know about Credit Reporting

March 06, 2017

If you are in the market to make a big purchase, open a bank account, apply for an auto loan, mortgage, credit card, insurance or even get a new job, then you need to be intimately familiar with your credit report.  Your credit report is basically a sales pitch that tells lenders who you are, how you pay or don’t pay and what you owe.  The following is an explanation of why your credit report and credit score are so important to your financial well-being.More >

Understanding Credit Utilization

February 24, 2017

When reviewing a credit report, consumers need a basic understanding of the elements used to calculate a score.  When using the Fair Isaac Corporation (“FICO”), the most widely used and well known credit scoring system, there are five different factors used to determine a score with each factor contributing a different percentage to your overall number.More >

Credit Rejection Red Flags

February 22, 2017

If you have ever been denied credit, you might believe that lenders are not upfront about your reasons for denial.  A lender must provide written notification when you are denied credit, and that notice must either provide the primary reasons for the denial, or advise you where you can mail in for those reasons.  They must provide you a credit score and advise what the major forces are behind that score.  Why are some denied credit when they have a seemingly stellar credit report…no late payments, no bankruptcies, etc?  While there is no cut and dry answer to this question, there is an explanation as to what lenders may consider a “red flag” or a reason for denial or an offer of credit with unfavorable credit terms.More >

Checking Account Credit Reporting Agencies

February 07, 2017

The average consumer has heard of the three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.  These big three credit agencies are responsible for gathering, storing and reporting your financial information for creditors, lenders, employers and other entities that are allowed to view it.  But did you know that there are actually checking/banking account credit reporting agencies that are reporting on consumers as well?  Just like the three major credit reporting agencies, these checking account agencies are reporting on your bank account history.  More >

The Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act

January 27, 2017

Recently, Washington D.C. joined the ranks among other states to pass the Fair Credit in Employment Amendment Act (“FCEAA”).  The consumer minded act limits an employer’s inquiries into a job applicant’s credit report for use in making hiring decisions.  The basis for this amendment was a belief that credit history cannot be linked to job performance and is not a reliable measure of an employee’s performance. More >

Everything You Need to Know about your Free Credit Report

January 24, 2017

For so many, the New Year is about starting over.  A fresh start can include getting your finances in order.  To begin this process, pulling a copy of your credit report for free should be at the top of your list.  Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), the federal statute enacted to protect your consumer rights, you are entitled to one free copy of your credit report a year from each of the three credit reporting agencies.More >

Smith Marco Trial Victory Gets Upheld

January 23, 2017

This past October, SmithMarco took on a matter at trial against debt collector Creditors Collection Service.  We were victorious in proving our client's case and recovering for her under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Not satisfied with the result, the collector asked the court to overturn the jury's verdict.  The court refused, locking up this victory for SmithMarco and our client.  Here's what happened...More >

Resolve This Year to Improve your Credit Score

January 16, 2017

The New Year for so many is about resolutions and setting new goals for yourself, so why not put repairing your credit score at the top of your list?  A good credit report can open many doors and provide new opportunities for you.  If you are ready to take action and repair your credit, follow these steps for success and check this resolution off your list.More >