The FTC’s Debt Collection Hall of Shame has some new inductees

Exceptionally talented sports legends, musicians, and actors all have something in common – halls of fame. At the other end of the spectrum are banned debt collectors. They, too, get special recognition… in the FTC’s hall of shame.

A year ago, the FTC first issued its list of banned debt collectors – individuals and companies whose behavior was so egregious that courts have banned them permanently from participating in the debt collection business. In February 2015, the FTC’s Hall of Shame contained 63 inductees; there are now more than 100.

Several recent inductees were recognized for their dishonorable deeds during Operation Collection Protection — the first coordinated federal-state enforcement initiative targeting deceptive and abusive debt collection practices. Those dis-honorees are: Broadway Global Master Inc., K.I.P., LLC (Payday Loan Recovery Group), National Check Registry, LLC  and Premier Debt Acquisitions, LLC.

Are you being contacted by a debt collector? It’s important to understand your rights. And if you think a collector has violated those rights, the FTC wants to hear about it. Your complaints give us leads to follow, and may stop a collector from mistreating someone else. Got a minute? Watch our short video about dealing with debt collectors.

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Money & Credit


shellpoint mortgage servicing is a debt collector but when I paid the loan off they did not do a proper mortgage release and now I am having a hell of a time trying to straighten it out. they got their money and don't care that I can never sell or refinance my home

You can submit a complaint about a mortgage servicer to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Please Shut Down Machol & Johannes Collection Attorney's in Denver CO,they repeatedly violate the FDCPA collecting old debts past the statute of limitations and putting the debts on the Credit report as brand new, they have been sued for violation of the FDCPA but remain in business and have now expanded to other states

You can file a complaint with the FTC at The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

The messages you post here on the blog don't go into the database.

You can file a complaint??? If only 1 in 10 Americans filed a complaint with your agency you couldn't handle it.. The FTC can't handle it now. Your agency is not only ineffective in identifying, arresting, and prosecuting these people.. Your agency has once again allowed AT&T to become a monopoly.. Doesn't your agency cover Anti-Trust and supposed to protect consumers from companies becoming monopolies.. Save your breath I already know the answer. Consumers have had enough and the FTC like the FDA is a missionless agency led by the wealthy and the lobbyist.

I will be filling a complaint as well as taking a class action lawsuit against them. Now, if only we could get everyone of board with that lawsuit. That might do some damage. They are tyrants and practice fraudulently.

Holy Cow, My friend was in tears because his bank account has been seized because of something that happened years ago. Looking at the 'Writ of Execution' granted by Defualt Judgement and with an address for my friend that he said he hadn't lived there for more than 10 years, the plaintiff is 'The City and County of Denver' and the lawfirm is Machol & Johannes, LLC. So my friend explained he didn't know of any judgement or lawsuit and the first he heard of it was today. Trust me, my friend is very easy to find and something smells rotten.

Your friend could contact the clerk court that is listed on the papers to get information about the case. If he wants to talk to a lawyer about this, he can use this this state-by-state list from the American Bar Association or visit this site from the State Bar Associations or look at this information about legal aid.

FTC, you missed 2 more inductees that should be on your list. Discover Bank & it's partner Smith,Debnam,... These 2 businesses have threatened,bullied,intimidated,and harassed U.S.citizens and U.S. consumers. They use the legal system to get away with it because counties collect the money that Discover Bank & Smith, Debnam,... give to the courts. Is this Justice or Just us when it comes to Discover Bank & Smith,Debnam,..?

If you want to inform law enforcement agencies about problems with a debt collector, please go to and provide as many details as you can. The information you give will go into a database that law enforcement nationwide uses for investigations.

However, blog comments do not go into the database.

You can also file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and your state and local consumer protection agencies.


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