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Zwicker and Associates: Are they very difficult to deal with?


Zwicker and Associates, a law firm based in Massachusetts, is engaged in collecting debts for various creditors. They have earned a reputation for being stubborn and persistent in their collection activities. Zwicker and Associates rarely compromises in settlement negotiations and often demands the full amount.


Zwicker and Associates is often hired by American Express. Therefore, if you have a card with Amex that is in default, you are likely to be contacted by Zwicker and Associates. If you want to know more about Zwicker and Associates, glance through the topics given below:


What have people experienced with Zwicker and Associates?

Both members and guests in our community have shared their experiences with Zwicker and Associates.


Receiving harassing calls at work: One community guest poster stated that Zwicker has been the most horrible collector to deal with because they kept harassing him at work every day. Learn more...


Being pursued for ten years: Zwicker has also pursued debtors for ten years for a debt that is no longer reported on their credit report. Find out more...


Being threatened by possible litigation: Zwicker and Associates often threatens to file suit against defaulted borrowers. Find out more...

Are there also incidents of failing to comply with the FDCPA?

  • Not providing documents to validate the account: One guest poster in the forums, Sandfly, did not received any documents from Zwicker and Associates confirming her account but they still cashed a check she had given the creditor, even after she stopped payment on it. Learn more...
  • Not replying to the validation letter: Another guest poster mentioned that he had never received a reply to his validation letter from Zwicker and Associates. When he called them three months later to ask about his case, a representative told him to just pay off the debt. Find out more...
  • Continued collection activity after settlement: Continued collection activity after settlement: One poster stated that the collection agency continued to demand payments on an account that had been settled with them and for which he had received a signed settlement letter from one of their attorneys. Learn more...
  • Threatening lawsuits: Zwicker and Associates often threatens the consumer with lawsuits, threats they don't follow up on. It is a violation of the FDCPA to falsely threaten to sue to collect on a debt.

How should you respond to a collection call from Zwicker and Associates?

Ask for validation before paying: If you receive a call from Zwicker and Associates, while they can be extremely persuasive, you shouldn't agree to make a payment until you receive a validation of the debt from them.


Don't give out bank information: Don't give out personal information: Never give out your confidential account information to anyone. This could lead to having your identity stolen.


Ask for an account statement: If you make a payment to this collector, make sure you get a statement from them on a regular basis in order to make sure your debt is being repaid properly.


Record threats: If your state's law permits it, you may also record your conversations with the collector if they threaten or abuse you.


Be aware of consumer rights: You should contact a consumer rights lawyer if Zwicker and Associates violates the FDCPA.


You can contact Zwicker and Associates at the following address:


Zwicker and Associates, P.C.
800 Federal Street Andover, MA 01810
Phone:978-686-2255

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Hi Thanh

Welcome to the forums. Please do not feel shaken while dealing with Encore collection agency as the whole community is with you to guide in the right direction.

The collection agency is assigned to recover the debt from the consumers when the creditors fail in their actions.

In order to make sure that the collection agency is actually working for the creditors, they have to provide some necessary details about your accounts. As per the fdcpa law, debt validation letter is a strong weapon through which you can legally urge the collectors to provide a proper presentation of your accounts.

http://www.debtconsolidationcare.com/validation.html

If Encore collection agency is not able to furnish the necessary details about your accounts, it will be considered that they are maliciously forcing you to pay towards your debt. You are required to obtain the following information from the collection agency before you start paying towards your debt account.


  • The details of the account.

  • All the calculation should be shown of the amount that is owed.

  • Any copies of the papers to be furnished that shows the payment agreement.

  • Provide a verification or copy of any judgment if applicable

  • The original creditor needs to be identified.

  • The Statute of Limitation needs to be proven for the collection of the debt.

  • The license of the collection agency applicable in the state is to be furnished along with the license numbers and Registered Agent

  • Proof of the agreement that the debt collector has purchased the debt or has been hired by the creditor to collect the debt from the debtor as this is the basic contract law.

  • Complete payment history showing the details of the creditors, payment history, amount of the debt, break up of fees/interest should be provided in paper.

  • A copy of the original signed loan agreement between the debtor and the original creditor establishing the debt between both the parties also has to be produced.


Regards
Roxette




ben
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Sub: #1 Send DV to Zwicker and Associates
Mon, 08/01/2005 - 16:18

Jenn - Did you ask Zwicker and Associates to validate the debt? They cannot make any collection efforts on you unless they prove that they are dealing with your accounts and you need to make payments to them.

They need to provide necessary details about your accounts showing the total amount of your debt, the interest accrued on it, agreement letter that the creditor has assigned the collection agency to collect the said debt. They are also required to prove that the said debt is within the Statute of Limitation period. They also need to provide a copy of the original signed agreement letter showing that the creditor has extended credit to the debtor during the period.

I will suggest you to pull your latest credit report from the three bureaus and know the latest standing of your account. If it appears in your credit report that the said collection agency is assigned to collect the debt, then you will have to make payment arrangements with them only.

You can take the help of the debt consolidation program in your case because the consultant is trained to handle these kinds of situations and he will work to keep your interests protected.

Moreover, the debt consolidation program will offer you some benefits which have been exclusively designed for the welfare of the consumers.

http://www.debtconsolidationcare.com/benefits.html

You can sign up in this site to get in touch with the consultant and work actively to clear your debt problems with this collection agency.




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Sub: #2 Zwicker and Associates dealings
Tue, 08/09/2005 - 07:07

I am dealing with Zwicker and Associates right now. These are the most horrible, mean people I have ever had to deal with in my life and I am filing a complaint today because of it. They have been harassing me at work on a daily basis.




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Sub: #3 PAY YOUR BILLS of Zwicker and Associates
Tue, 08/09/2005 - 08:29

My firm use Zwicker and Associates all the time to collect on credit card debts if i where you i would pay them they do not screw around




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Sub: #4 Zwicker and Associates and Budd Hibbs
Tue, 08/09/2005 - 12:16

The following was listed on a website by Bud Hibbs concerning Zwicker and Associates (they are on his list of collection agencies to avoid):

"Bud Says...
These debt collection attorneys hire goons to threaten, lie and intimidate consumers into paying them. NEVER give them any information on your bank/credit accounts, or post-dated checks. YOU WILL REGRET IT!!"




ben
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Posts: 2034
Credits: 42636.2

Sub: #5 Zwicker and Associates follows FDCPA
Tue, 08/09/2005 - 15:11

Always make sure that Zwicker & Associates follows the lines of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.




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Sub: #6 Zwicker and Associates - shall I worry?
Tue, 08/16/2005 - 13:07

I have been giving this agency my post dated checks for a year now, should I worry about them having my bank account? How do I know for sure that they are paying my debt with this money?




roxette
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Sub: #7 Customer care of Zwicker and Associates
Tue, 08/16/2005 - 13:13

Hi ProudMomma

Welcome to the forums. Please contact the customer care cell of Zwicker and Associates and ask for a statement showing the details of your payments.

You can thoroughly check the statement and confirm about the payments made towards your debt.

Regards
Roxette




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Sub: #8 zwickers harassment
Thu, 09/01/2005 - 08:49

Zwicker and Associates has been harassing me for ten years. The debt is not even being pursued by the original lender. It is not on any of my reports, but they call all the time and threaten my husband and myself.




ben
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Credits: 42636.2

Sub: #9 Zwicker and Associates
Thu, 09/01/2005 - 12:34

Msosa, if the collection agency, Zwicker & Associates, is calling you about an account which does not appear in your credit report, then you should ask them to give proper details of it. Please send them a written notice through certified mail with return receipt requested asking to prove it.

If they are unable to produce any necessary information about the account, then you can take legal action against them using your consumer rights. You can file complaints at the FTC, BBB and the state attorney general office and request to look into this matter.

I think their calls should stop if you inform them that you are recording all the telephonic conversations with date and time and wish to present it to your lawyer.




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Sub: #10 Zwicker and Associates collecting debt
Wed, 10/05/2005 - 07:58

I have Zwicker and Associates on my credit report - I have a lady named Denise calling me at work all the time. I plan on paying this debt but at the moment I am unable to, not that I don't intend to pay it but right now I can't. She has threatened to have me taken to court and have someone come to my job to present me with the paper work. She has said they try to call me at home but I have not msgs. from them and their number has never showed up on my caller ID. What can I do about this. She has even tried to get to my human resources department to but my business in everyone's ear. This company is really rude, she has even told me they are a law firm.




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