Kansas Counselors Inc or KCI 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 Kansas Counselors – KCI?
Kansas Counselors Inc or KCI is a third-party collection agency. KCI has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including failure to verify debts and using false or misleading information in an effort to collect a debt. If you have been contacted by Kansas Counselors Inc, make sure you understand your rights before responding.
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Is Kansas Counselors a scam?
They’re legit. According to the BBB, Kansas Counselors, Inc. is a legitimate collection agency founded and incorporated in 1960. The BBB established a profile page for KCI in 1995. KCI is listed as a collection agency. Buzzfile estimates KCI’s annual revenue at $2 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 30 employees.
According to its website, Kansas Counselors “is the Midwest’s premier collection agency with a history of success, and an abundance of satisfied clients.” KCI has “always had a watchful eye on industry changes ; …has made adjustments far in advance of many of their peers;and … has been able to remain consistent, flexible, and progressive in its approach and philosophy.” KCI’s “recovery rates have remained among the highest in the industry.”
As a full-service collection agency, Kansas Counselors offers a range of services. Their bad debt collections division “utilizes the latest advancements in technology to maximize right party contacts” and employs a “collection team…trained to quickly identify reasons for delinquency and efficiently uncover potential sources of income.” Their second placement division “accepts account placements that have already been ‘worked’ by previous collection agencies in an attempt to salvage recoveries.” Their self-pay/early-out division employs a pre-collection staff who work as members of their clients’ “own business office team…. to ensure consistent attempts to contact… customers and the resolution of… payment issues long before they become bigger, and more expensive problems.” Finally, KCI’s “professional customer service and collection “team…delivers…appropriate reminders, monitors…regular payers, and resolves…returned items or broken promises.”
As for compliance, KCI’s “collectors are thoroughly trained with regard to the prohibitions on third party disclosure pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDPA)…to personal health information (PHI)…under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)…as well as all the policies and procedures of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).” In addition, KCI’s client workshops “assist their clients’ staff in sharpening their communication and negotiation skills, developing productive collection strategies, and improving their understanding of consumer collection laws.”
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 Kansas Counselors – KCI?
The BBB has closed 22 complaints against Kansas Counselors Inc in the past three years, with 5 complaints closed in the past 12 months. Most of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. Since October 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 19 complaints against KCI. Justia lists at least 5 cases of civil litigation involving Kansas Counselors,.
Kansas Counselors, Inc. PO Box 14765 Shawnee Mission, KS 66285 Telephone: (888) 536-9852 Website: http://kcikc.com/
Can Kansas Counselors 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 Kansas Counselors 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 Kansas Counselors Inc – KCI?
Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases
Complaints against Kansas Counselors commonly cite problems resulting from disputes about billing documentation and validation. In April 2017, a complainant indicated that after assuming responsibility for his father’s finances after his father had been diagnosed with dementia, he received a collection notice from KCI indicating his father owed money “from an ambulance ride he had in October 2016.” The complainant indicated that he did not dispute the bill because his father had “not been on top of paying his bills” since his diagnosis. The complainant provided Kansas Counselors with his father’s credit card number to pay the outstanding debt, but when he subsequently spoke with the medical provider, he was informed the bill had already been paid. Specifically, a representative at the ambulance company told him that “someone had paid $251.88 and that they will credit the account and the complainant can pay the remaining $94.12.” The complainant thought this report of previous activity was suspicious, but when he requested additional information, they told him they could not provide it. After speaking with the representative, he did “a reverse lookup on the phone number and it was identified as a collection scam.” When he contacted the credit card company, they advised him to file a transaction dispute. He concluded his complaint by asserting his understanding to KCI that his father “does not owe anyone any money related to this ambulance ride” and that he “wants his money back.”
In August 2016, a complainant indicated he had been treated for a wound at an emergency room in 2010 at a time when he was covered under his parents’ insurance. Although he acknowledged that the emergency room may have had a different billing service than the hospital itself, he insisted he had never received any bills and therefore assumed his insurance company had paid for it. He also indicated he had paid the copay at the time of service. Regardless, six years later, the item was reported as a delinquency on his credit report by Kansas Counselors, which had apparently been turned over to them by the medical facility back in 2010. The complainant was upset for two reasons: the medical facility and insurance company had failed to provide him with the billing statements that would have given him the opportunity to resolve the matter before it became delinquent; and KCI did nothing for six years before reporting it as a delinquency. In response, KCI attempted to educate the complainant about medical and insurance billing, informing him that ensuring all the billing paperwork was processed correctly was his responsibility, not that of the insurance company or of the medical facility. As a result, Kansas Counselors argued that their having reported the item as a delinquency was business as usual. Although KCI stressed that they were not legally obligated to do so, they indicated that they had researched the billing dispute and would provide the complainant with the requested information
Kansas Counselors KCI 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).
But here’s the rub: If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. These 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 Kansas Counselors Debt Collection Harassment Now?
Your debt harassment checklist:
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 friends, neighbors, or coworkers
Collectors are threatening you with violence, a 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
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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.