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How To Put An End to Unwanted Calls and Debt Collector Abuse and Threats.

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Delinquent Recovery Associates
Delinquent Recovery Associates 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 Delinquent Recovery Associates?

Delinquent Recovery Associates, Inc. is a third-party collection agency based in Louisiana. Delinquent Recovery has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), such as using false or misleading information in an effort to collect a debt and threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken. If DRA has contacted you about past due financial obligations,make sure you understand your rights before responding.

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Is Delinquent Recovery Associates a scam?

They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Delinquent Recovery Associates, Inc. was founded in 1964. The BBB established a profile page for Delinquent Recovery in 2001, and Delinquent Recovery has been a BBB-accredited business since 2010. The BBB lists Delinquent Recovery as a collection agency, credit service, and credit reporting agency. Buzzfile estimates DRA’s annual revenue at $105,000 and the size of its staff at 4 employees. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) attributes all complaints against Delinquent Recovery to a company called Collection Bureau of the South (CBS); Buzzfile estimates Collection Bureau of the South’s annual revenue at $540,000and the size of its headquarters staff at14 employees.

According to its website, Delinquent Recovery employs a “highly efficient staff to expedite… the collection process.” Delinquent Recovery promises that clients “will see results quickly and be relieved of the burdensome collection task.” DRA “takes pride in providing courteous and friendly service…with a crew that is always eager to serve…and… are flexible to meet client needs.”

Who does Delinquent Recovery Associates collect for?

Delinquent Recovery Associates collects delinquent accounts for lease and rental property managers; medical and healthcare service providers; utility companies; and many other consumer businesses. Delinquent Recovery also accepts commercial collection accounts for business-to-business account delinquencies.

Delinquent Recovery Associates is a full-service collection agency.  Their website states that they “step it up with legal pressure early in the process for better results and maximum impact.” Delinquent Recovery provides “thorough skip tracing and asset investigation that ensure successful results” by providing methods of “locating …debtors, their employments, and personal property” whenever DRA has “insufficient information to collect …money.” DRA also reports delinquent debts to all three national credit reporting agencies. DRA states that this credit reporting  practice “guarantees a much greater probability of the collection item showing on consumers’ credit reports…because they cannot hide from that.”

Delinquent Recovery has posted an online payment disclaimer that informs site visitors that paying bills through the website does not obligate Delinquent Recovery to accept the payments; does not constitute a settlement; does not require Delinquent Recovery to cease collection efforts; does not guarantee that legal proceedings will be dismissed; and does not preclude DRA from assessing additional legal fees.The DRA website does not provide any information about their regulatory compliance policies. They provide a link to the federal free credit report website, but there are no additional  links or references 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 Delinquent Recovery Associates?

As of October 2019, the BBB has closed 4 complaints against Delinquent Recovery Associates in the preceding three years, with 2 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. All of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. As of May 2 014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 31 complaints involving Delinquent Recovery, all of them attributed to Collection Bureau of the South. Justia lists at least 2 cases of civil litigation involving Delinquent Recovery/CBS.

Contact Information

Delinquent Recovery Associates, Inc.
600 Common St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
Telephone:(318) 221-3695

Website: http://www.delinquentrecovery.com/

Can Delinquent Recovery Associates 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 Delinquent Recovery 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!

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Can you help me file a No Fee Lawsuit against Delinquent Recovery Associates?

Absolutely.  You can sue a debt collector. Here is a Sample Case Complaint:

In November 2018, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, a judge issued a decision in a case alleging Delinquent Recovery Associates had violated certain provisions of the FDCPA. In the original case, the plaintiff had filed a complaint after receiving a collection letter from Delinquent Recovery in which they identified themselves as the Credit Bureau of the South. The plaintiff alleged that by using the words “credit bureau” in its name, Delinquent Recovery had misrepresented itself “as a credit bureau in an attempt to collect a debt,” which violated both the FDCPA and the Texas Debt Collection  Act (TDCA). The plaintiff alleged further that Delinquent Recovery had “attempted to unlawfully collect the debt” for a $100.00 water bill owed to the City of Shreveport on two separate occasions. Initially, DRA had mailed her a letter printed on letterhead “that clearly stated ‘Credit Bureau of  the  South,  Inc.’ The  second violation…  involved  a  recorded phone  call… during  which …DRA misrepresented itself as a credit bureau in its collection efforts.” At the initial trial, the  “magistrate  judge concluded…  that ‘summary judgment evidence establishes that Delinquent Recovery engaged in debt collection  activities  while  using  the  term  ‘credit  bureau’  in  its  name,  even  though  it  ceased  to  be  a  consumer  reporting  agency  years  ago.’” As a result, Delinquent Recovery was found to be liable for acts that “‘constitute the false representation or implication  that Delinquent Recovery is  a  consumer  reporting  agency  in  violation  of  the  FDCPA,’  and  recommended  that  the plaintiff be  awarded  $1,000  in  statutory  damages.” The question of the plaintiff’s attorney fees was left unaddressed.

The plaintiff filed a subsequent motion for attorney’s fees in  the  amount of $130,410… The motion  was  referred to the magistrate judge, who denied the plaintiff’s motion…finding  that  the  case  involved  special  circumstances  that  would  render  an  award of attorney’s fees unjust…because the cause of action was created by counsel for the purpose of generating…an ‘incredibly high’ fee request.” Although Delinquent Recovery Associates had been found “to have committed a violation of the FDCPA, which ordinarily justifies an award of fees as a disincentive to future similar conduct, the Court is even more concerned about disincentivizing the conduct of the plaintiff’s attorney.” The plaintiff appealed the decision, citing the FDCPA’s provision that “a debt collector who fails to comply with  the  FDCPA  ‘is  liable’  for  reasonable  attorney’s  fees.” Although the court acknowledged that in this case, Delinquent Recovery had failed to comply with the FDCPA, the court also cited cases in which “‘fees may be denied a successful plaintiff only in the most unusual of  circumstances,’ such  as  bad  faith,  obdurate  conduct,  unjust  hardship,  or  other special   circumstances.” Thus, although the court upheld the ruling against Delinquent Recovery, it also used its discretion to sanction the unethical conduct of the plaintiff’s attorney by denying an award for attorney fees.

Delinquent Recovery Associates 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 Delinquent Recovery 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.

Want to Stop Debt Collection Harassment Now?

You may have a case, if…

  • You are receiving multiple calls per week from third party collection agencies.
  • You are receiving early morning or late night calls from debt collectors
  • You are receiving calls at work from a debt collection agency
  • Debt collectors are calling your family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers
  • Collectors are threatening you with violence, lawsuit, or arrest
  • A debt collector attempts to collect more than you owe
  • You are being threatened with negative credit reporting
  • A debt collector attempts to intimidate you
  • Criminal accusations are being made towards you
  • Use of obscene language during an attempt to collect
  • Automated robocalls are being made to your phone in an attempt to collect

What Our Clients are Saying

“I used to get up to 15 calls a week from several collection agencies. It got so bad I felt like I should just get a new phone number to make it quit. Happily, I discovered Lemberg Law. They immediately put an end to the calls. Now, when my phone rings I do not dread it.”

“I would recommend your company to anyone. You have the debt collectors off my back, and I will finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Throughout the entire procedure your employees were courteous and professional. I was blown away by their efficacy also.

“Prior to contacting you, we had tried repeatedly to handle this matter without threatening litigation. In the end, not only were they unapologetic, but they were dismissive – even of an attorney friend who called on our behalf. Sincerest thanks for resolving this matter for us!”

Can You Help Me Delete Delinquent Recovery Associates from My Credit Report?

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Sergei Lemberg

About the Author:

Sergei Lemberg is an attorney focusing on consumer law, class actions related to automotive issues, and personal injury litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, his areas of practice include Lemon Law (vehicle defects), Debt Collection Harassment, TCPA (illegal robocalls and texts), Fair Credit Reporting Act, Overtime claims, Personal Injury cases, and Class Actions. He has consistently been recognized as the nation's "most active consumer attorney." In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case Duguid v. Facebook. He is also the author of "Defanging Debt Collectors," a guide that empowers consumers to fight back against debt collectors and prevail, as well as "Lemon Law 101: The Laws That Lemon Dealers Don't Want You to Know."

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  • Yolanda

    Why do they have to call with a threatening tone? Why don’t they leave a clear message if they are a legit company?

  • Suzanne

    I have been receiving robo calls from DEA for over two months. Always from different numbers. I’ve tried calling them back (no one ever answers) and going on line. I do not know the person they are looking for. I’ve had this phone number for over 40 years. I’ve left messages to no avail. I’m a 74 year old widow and these constant calls are making me a nervous wreck.

  • Julie

    This is ridiculous. This company has been calling me for a Terry Parish since 2006. I have asked dozens of times to remove my number since I have no idea who terry parish is. They told me that is the number terry gave them and I needed to contact my cell phone provider to have them remove terry parish info. Called Verizon and I am the only one with this number ever. Have had since 1999. They interrupt me at work, and now interrupting my family time and I am livid. This is ridiculous. Was told by a man the last time I called their system refreshes every so often and my number gets put back in. PLEASE HELP ME!!

  • Patricia

    I have only received 1 call, I don’t even know who their supposidly collecting for I don’t answer calls I don’t know the number too. It’s was on my voicemail

  • Rauchelle

    I get a vm from a man trying to sound intimidating… Letting me know they have tried to reach me to no avail. LIE. I was worried I may have something because I visited a hospital in January and have never received a single thing from them yet. So I call back… A foreign man answers (call center perhaps? Barely speaks English) I tell him I’m a bit confused Because I haven’t received anything about any debt or anything going into collections in years. He wanted to make sure my information was correct on file. they gave me an address from 15 years ago. I am mediately check my credit score and report… There are zero records of anything in collections on all three of my reports. scammers trying to make a dime on dead debt. Don’t fall for it. Lying, harassing, scammers

  • Susan L

    I keep getting calls from a place called DRA. I block the number, they call from a different line. Been going on for months. I am in the do not call registry but it doesn’t help.
    They want my social security number which I will not give them. They will not tell me what debt they are trying to collect
    I have waited to speak to someone several times and told them not to call me again but they just call from another number.

  • Steve W

    I have been receiving multiple phone calls from DRA. I can never answer the phone because theres always a recording telling me somebody in my household has an issue, but never naming who the person is. No one in my household has any credit issue. I believe this to be harassment and I will not call them or give them my personal information. Do I have any recourse? I am considering a complaint with the Minnesota state attorney generals office, but thought I would contact you.

  • Regan H

    I’m receiving multiple robo calls a week from all different phone numbers from a company claiming to be DRA, LLC. They are also harassing my husband. They never leave the name of the person they are looking for. They claim to be calling about an unpaid payday loan. Myself nor my husband have ever taken out a payday loan. I block the phone number every time they call but they just change their number & keep calling. I did try calling back once but I couldn’t get a live person on the phone. How can I make this harassment stop?

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