WASHINGTON (1/11/16)--The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state law enforcement continued their crackdown on abusive debt collectors with 16 actions taken last week. According to the FTC, it took four separate actions, and 12 more were taken as part of a federal-state-local law enforcement initiative.
The cases announced last week bring the number of actions taken in the past year to 130, conducted by more than 70 law enforcement partners. Thirty actions were announced last November as part of the effort, dubbed Operation Collection Protection.
The FTC actions include:
Other actions taken locally include ones taken by the Minnesota Department of Commerce (civil penalties of $33,000), the Colorado Department of Law ($613,500 civil penalty), Indiana attorney general’s office and the Massachusetts attorney general’s office.