Creditors’ Rights 52
A: When collecting a consumer debt, you, as a creditor collecting your own debts, have to follow certain rules and regulations under the Pennsylvania Fair Credit Extension Uniformity Act (FCEUA). That statute prohibits certain types of deceptive, abusive, and unfair debt collection practices when dealing with consumer debtors.
A business collecting a business debt does not have to be concerned with the provisions of the FCEUA, and should concentrate on different aspects of effective debt collection. You should keep careful records (especially if you are communicating by phone). If you have staff that does debt collection, make it a habit to have them take regular notes of all phone conversations at the time the conversations with the debtors are held. If the debtor makes an admission of debt during a phone conversation, and such conversation is habitually documented by you or your collection staff, in writing, it becomes a business record that is evidence in your favor if the case goes to trial.
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