The number calling her is 716-204-7619 and it's listed to a corporation Alexander & Stefano, a debt collection agency in upstate New York. (They also have a Twitter at @aandstefano). I did some research and these assholes have harassed a lot of people, many of them were not even associated with the debt in question. They threaten to sue people, take away their home, children and livelihood, and they threaten them with imprisonment. The BBB and other agencies have a number of complaints on file for them.
My mom doesn't owe any money to anyone and the harassing asshole at Alexander & Stefano needs to stop calling her. If they don't, I will do everything in my power to put a stop to it. I'm not just going to sit around while my mom is harassed by these jerks. I'm just really sick of companies that engage in this behavior. Yes, I know that there are people out there who either can't or won't pay their bills but there are Statutes out there that prevent this kind of behavior and punish it severely. The most widely known is called the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act which was written to amend the Consumer Credit Protection Act and prohibits abusive practices by debt collectors. It's time they're forced to abide by it. In case you're not sure what this Act is, here's the main objectives:
- eliminate abusive practices in the collection of consumer debts,
- promote fair debt collection,
- provide consumers with an avenue for disputing and obtaining validation of debt information in order to ensure the information's accuracy.
If they keep up the intimidation and harassment, Alexander & Stefano will wind up in court---as the defendant. Companies like this think they're too big and too powerful to be sued by the average Joe. All I can say to the people at Alexander & Stefano and companies like them is...
Bring. It. On.