Bison Recovery Group Inc or BRG is a debt collection agency, which receives a lot of consumer complaints to our law firm for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
What is Bison Recovery Group?
Bison Recovery Group or BRG is a third-party collection agency based in New York. BRG has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), including attempting to collect debts not owed and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken.If you have been contacted by this debt collector about past due collection items, make sure you know your rights before taking action.
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Is Bison Recovery Group a scam?
They’re legit. According to the BBB, Bison Recovery Group, Inc. is a legitimate collection agency. The BBB established a profile page for BRG in 2015. According to its website, Bison Recovery Group “is a full-service collection agency that provides exceptional results while maintaining 100% compliance.”
Who does Bison Recovery Group collect for?
The Bison Recovery Group website does not provide a lot of detailed information about its business practices or client base. However, they do state that they provide full-service collection services, including pre-charge-off and post-charge-off collections, for clients that include credit card lenders, retail lenders, medical and healthcare providers, and leasing agents.
As for compliance, BRG states that “every associate at BRG is fully trained and certified in aspects of the collection industry including FDCPA, UDAAP, HIPAA, and ADA.” Their website includes a link to a Resolution Center with contact information for BRG’s compliance officer. The web-based contact form on this page allows site visitors to complain about wrong number phone calls, mail delivered to the wrong address, abusive voicemail messages, or other forms of hostile or abusive collection efforts. They also provide an FAQ page, but there are no links to consumer protection resources, laws, or enforcement agencies.
Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm
Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of collection harassment and abuse. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. We’ve helped more than 15,000 consumers stop harassment and recover money from debt collectors. Harassed? Abused? Misled by a collector? Call our Helpline today! There is no charge unless we win.
How many complaints are there against Bison Recovery Group?
The BBB has closed 3 complaints against Bison Recovery Group in the past 3 years, with 2 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. Two of those complaints alleged problems with customer service; the third complaint alleged problems with billing and collections. Since March 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 9 complaints against BRG.Justialists at least 1 case of civil litigation involving BRG.
Can Bison Recovery Group Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely BRG would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
Complaints against Bison Recovery Group cite problems resulting from disputes about billing and accounting, as well as complaints about hostile and aggressive collection practices. In December 2017, a complainant stated that he “had a settlement agreement with BRG in the amount of $840.63… and that BRG withdrew $840.63 out of his…checking account, at which… point, the agreement was fulfilled.” Subsequently, BRG “withdrew the same amount ($840.63) … without his permission after the debt was already settled.” The complainant stated that his checking account is his “primary bill pay account and that… BRG’s withdrawal resulted in his account having a negative balance due to a scheduled bill pay that he had arranged with his other creditors.” The complainant stated that he was “currently being assessed overdraft charges from his bank due to BRG double charging him after a settlement was already processed.” In response, BRG stated that “indeed a banking error did occur.” BRG advised the complainant that they had “fixed the error… and that if the complainant incurred any bank charges, BRG would take care of those.” BRG stated they had forwarded “proof…that the amount was reversed,” but said the complainant had not sent them any bank statements showing that his bank had charged overdraft fees.
In November 2017, a complainant stated that she had been contacted by BRG by a representative who was looking for her son. Initially, she told them they had the wrong number. After further questioning, she told them the person they were trying to reach was her son but also said that she did not want to get involved. After the initial contact, she called her son asking if he was familiar with BRG. He allegedly said he was not. The complainant called BRG and told them her son was not familiar with them; that she refused to pass their number along to him; and that she wanted her number removed from their database. Allegedly, the BRG representative threatened her with a lawsuit and “became unspeakably rude.” The complainant said “he was a very nasty person.” In response, BRG confirmed the complainant’s story and agreed the representative had conducted himself unprofessionally. Bison Recovery Group closed the account and administered “disciplinary action…to the employee for not conducting himself in a professional manner.”
Bison Recovery Group Calling You?
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
Can I sue BRG for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
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Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.