Greenback Recovery Group or GRG 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 Greenback Recovery Group?
Greenback Recovery Group, LLC (GRG) is a third-party collection agency based in New York. GRG 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 GRG has contacted you about past due collection items,make sure you understand your rights before you respond.
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Is Greenback Recovery Group a scam?
They’re legit. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) established a profile page for Greenback Recovery Group, LLC in 2015. The BBB lists GRG as a collection agency, but they do not provide any details about GRG’s founding date or other company information. Buzzfile estimates GRG’s annual revenue at $73,000 and the size of its headquarters staff at 3 employees.
Greenback Recovery Group does not maintain a publicly accessible website. The Facebook social media network hosts an unofficial profile page for GRG, but it does not provide any reviews or information about GRG’s business practices.
Who does Greenback Recovery Group collect for?
According to the Lender Complaints site, GRG “provides various financial products and services, including bank accounts, consumer loans, credit cards, and mortgages. Since July 2015, GRG has received 5 consumer complaints from customers expressing dissatisfaction with a product or service. Most complaints have been about debt collection and Payday loans.”
The Kununu company review website also hosts a profile page for GRG, but this profile does not provide any detailed information about GRG’s business practices. There is one employee review that gives GRG an excellent rating as a great place to work.
There is very little information available on the internet regarding GRG’s business practices; the types of industries or businesses for whom they collect debts; or regulatory compliance polices.
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 Greenback Recovery Group?
As of August 2019, the BBB has given Greenback Recovery Group a rating of F, citing the number of complaints filed and GRG’s failure to respond to or resolve several of those complaints. The BBB has also posted an Alert on GRG’s profile page. The BBB has closed 12 complaints against GRG in the preceding three years, with 7 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. Most of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. As of July 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 7 complaints against GRG. Justia does not list any cases of civil litigation involving GRG.
Greenback Recovery Group, LLC PO Box 651 North Tonawanda, NY 14120 Telephone:(844) 284-0764
Can Greenback 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 GRG 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!
The BBB has posted the following Alert on the profile page for Greenback Recovery Group:
“Collection agencies are required to obtain licensing in the areas in which they are contacting consumers about a debt. BBB has requested that this company provide proof they have the necessary licenses to operate where they are collecting debt. This collection agency has not responded to our requests.
“BBB advises consumers to be aware of their legal rights when contacted by a collection agency. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act which prohibits abusive and harassing behavior by any debt collection agency…If a consumer believes a debt collection agency has violated any of the FDCPA laws the BBB encourages them to file complaints with the BBB at bbb.org and Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov.”
Complaints against Greenback Recovery Group cite problems resulting from disputes about the validity of debts, the accuracy of billing and accounting procedures, and allegations of harassment. In April 2019, a complainant stated that a GRG representative had been “calling her cell phone.” She stated that she had not had any “business dealings with” GRG prior to their call, so she “refused to verify or give any of her personal information, other than to verify that she is the person with whom they are asking to speak.” She also verified her e-mail address. She said she had “requested that GRG provide her with their mailing address so that she could request that they stop contacting her via phone and send everything in writing,” but the GRG representatives allegedly “hung up on her the second time she tried getting this information.” When she contacted GRG a third time, the GRG representative allegedly accused her of misleading GRG about her identity. The complainant stated that she had“recordings of all the conversations she… had” with GRG and accused them of being rude and untrustworthy. In addition, she said that she had discovered that their license had been suspended in the state of New York. In response, GRG accused the complainant of calling them daily and harassing the collections staff. They stated that she “owes a …very large debt” and that she “will do anything to avoid paying it.” GRG also stated that they have ceased all collection activity on the account.
In November 2017, a complainant stated that Greenback Recovery Group had been telling him he “needed to call …and set up a time to have a notice delivered to his home or employer to prevent legal action against him.”According to the complainant, when he called GRG, the representative “refused to provide him with a name and stated they had written and called him for months.” GRG allegedly accused him of evading and defrauding them. The complainant replied that he had never heard of GRG and had not received any communication from them “before this conversation and the numerous ‘unknown’ calls and harassing messages” they had left. Regardless, the GRG representative allegedly continued to make accusations and demands. The complainant “asked them to mail this information to him for his review,” but GRG allegedly told him, “It’s past that. The courier will deliver something.You have to sign at your home or employer.” GRG told him the debt was for $600 but they would settle today for $350. The complainant refused to give them money without verification, and GRG told him they would take legal action and hung up on him.
Greenback 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 GRG 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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About the Author:
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.