Professional Finance Company or PFC, 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.
Professional Finance Company, Inc. (PFC) is a third-party collection agency based in Colorado. PFC has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), including threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken and using false or misleading language in an effort to collect a debt.If PFC has contacted you about past due financial obligations,make sure you understand your rights before you take action.
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Is Professional Finance Company a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB),Professional Finance Company, Inc. is a legitimate collection agency, founded in 1952 and incorporated in 1985. The BBB established a profile page for PFC in 1984, and PFC has been a BBB-accredited business since then. Buzzfile estimates PFC’s annual revenue at $22.3 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 185 employees.
According to its website, PFC “is one of the nation’s leading debt collection agencies.” PFC states that it “is more effective and efficient in recovering past due accounts because its methods are designed to educate and help consumers better understand and address their financial obligations to their creditors.”
Professional Finance Company collects debt for a variety of businesses and industries, including healthcare providers, consumer retail lenders, financial services organizations, and government agencies. PFC offers collection services in three areas: debt recovery, self-pay early-out, and debt purchasing.
PFC’s debt recovery division offers “contingency-based collection programs that focus… on… consumers and resolving the account balance quickly, efficiently, and ethically while representing their clients’ …values.” Collection services include patient analytic driven workflows; compliance and quality assurance; full litigation capabilities; and online payment options.
PFC’s self-pay early-out services “provide… a patient friendly extension to…business offices that accelerates cash collection on self-pay accounts at a reduced cost.” PFC’s debt purchasing division—PFC Funding—is a partner of PFC“and acquires, manages, and liquidates portfolios of defaulted receivables from credit originators.”
PFC states that it is a “fully compliant debt collection agency… that adheres to all Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) guidelines and offers consumers numerous benefits to make their debt repayment easier.” The Consumers page includes a link to the Ask Dr. Debt page of the website for the International Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International). However, there are no links to consumer protection laws, public resources, or enforcement agencies.
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How many complaints are there against Professional Finance Company?
As of April 2019, the BBB has closed 20 complaints against Professional Finance Company in the preceding 3 years, with 6 complaints closed in the previous 12 months. Most of those complaints cited problems with billing and collections. Since April 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 68 complaints involving PFC. Justia lists at least 3 cases of civil litigation involving PFC.
Professional Finance Company, Inc. 5754 W. 11th Street, Suite 100 Greeley, CO 80634 Phone Number: 800-864-4391 Website: http://www.pfccollects.com/
Can Professional Finance Company 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 PFC 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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In March 2016, in United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division, a judge issued an order and opinion in a case alleging Professional Finance Company had violated several provisions of the FDCPA. In this case, the plaintiff had incurred debt with a utility service provider, which was sent to PFC for collection. PFC sent collection letters to the plaintiff that included language required by the FDCPA. However, on the back of the letter, PFC had included the following statement:
“As of the date of this letter, you owe the amount indicated under the amount due on the front side of this notice. Because of interest, late charges, and other charges that may vary from day to day, the amount due on the day you pay the balance may be greater. If you would like current accurate information concerning your balance, please call.”
The plaintiff argued that this language violated Sections 1692d, e, f, and g of the FDCPA. The plaintiff stated that the utility service provider “does not apply interest, late charges, or other charges to debts owed.” In addition, the plaintiff alleged that “PFC had no statutory or contractual authority to collect interest, late charges, or other charges” in relation to the debt. “Because the original creditor did not apply interest or other charges and because PFC had no authority to add interest or other charges, the amount due would not vary from day to day…Thus, PFC was materially misrepresenting the character of the debt.” The plaintiff also argued that PFC’s statements “falsely suggest… that the amount of their respective debts will increase daily due to ‘interest, late charges and other charges’ that ‘may vary from day to day,’ even though the account balance will not and cannot increase.” As a result, the language PFC used in their collection letters was “materially deceptive and misleading” and amounted to “false threats…in an attempt to intimidate them.”
Attorneys for PFC attempted to argue that the “statement about the possible accrual of interest and charges in their letters does not violate the FDCPA because it includes ‘safe harbor’ language articulated and approved by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.” Specifically, by stating that additional charges may accrue rather than stating that such charges will accrue, PFC attempted to argue that they had not violated the FDCPA. The court disagreed with most of PFC’s reasoning. They dismissed charges that PFC had violated Section 1692d, but they upheld the plaintiff’s complaint in all other regards.
Professional Finance Company 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.
Consumers have reported this agency harassing them from the following numbers:
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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 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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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.
Professional finance has attached numerous bills to my credit report. When I contacted them they hung up on me. Then I sent them a letter with no reply. Called again was told they don’t have to the debt. Now they had me served with a court summons to appear that was blank. I went on and made out the reply with the courts and sent them a copy. But who knows this is a rotten company. The hospital statement does not show the outstanding balances they claim. What can be done?