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Latest Debt Collection Scam: Fraudulent Emails Claiming To Be From State Attorney General

June 16th, 2014

The latest debt collection scam to hit the news wires presents an opportunity to address two key points.

Number one: there are predatory people out there who actively try to take advantage of the fear of those who are in debt through fraudulent and aggressive scams.

Number two: these people are not debt collectors. They are criminals. The semantics are important when we discuss these actions and how they potentially shape public perception of our industry.

Industry News: CFPB Presents Report to Senate Committee

June 11th, 2014

CFPB director Richard Cordray presented the Bureau's semi-annual report to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs earlier this week. That report did not exactly paint a pretty picture in terms of the amount of consumer complaints about the debt collection industry.

As passed along by ACA International (h/t InsideARM), Cordray said the following about consumer complaints:

Recap: TAG Client Event 2014

May 20th, 2014

The Affiliated Group was privileged to host a number of our clients for a two day event last week here in Rochester, MN. On Wednesday we held a golf event and a get-together for food and drinks. It was great to spend time relaxing and socializing with our clients.

On Thursday it was down to business. Held at the Rochester International Events Center, TAG hosted a day full of informational and engaging sessions. Topics for these sessions included:

ACA Holds First Annual Legislative Conference On Capitol Hill

May 8th, 2014

ACA International held its first annual Legislative Conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. this week. More than 60 members of ACA, including TAG's own Mark Neeb, participated in the Conference as ACA advocates for the credit and collections industry. Those members participated in over 100 meetings over the course of the week.

Among the key points of the Conference were the following:

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