Protocol Recovery Service Inc or PRS 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.
Protocol Recovery Service , Inc. (PRS) is a third-party collection agency based in Georgia. PRS 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 illegal actions. If you have been contacted by PRS, understand your rights before responding.
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Is Protocol Recovery Service a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Protocol Recovery Service, Inc. was founded and incorporated in Georgia in 1999. The BBB opened its file in 2006. PRS is listed as a collection agency and credit and debt counseling company. PRS uses the alternate business name, Protocol Collection. Buzzfile estimates PRS’ annual revenue at $2.6 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 45 people.
The website for PRS at www.protocol.us.com is no longer in service. According to anecdotal evidence gleaned from a variety of collection industry blogs and websites, PRS is no longer in business. Prior to closing its doors, PRS was reported to have been “a good little agency” that collected“retail accounts, bank cards, Discover, Rehabilicare, and…payday loans.” PRS was known to have practiced “some adherence to the FDCPA,” but suffered from an understaffed management team.
However, former employees also indicate that “preset goals went up every month whether collectors were ready for it or not, and those who weren’t reaching it” became recipients of “heckling, harassment, and ridicule from management.” Other former employees indicated a management practice of “feeding collectors they like,” and ignoring the rest. Furthermore, whereas “in a strict FDCPA environment which was also positive and professional…the focus was on helping the borrowers.” However, at “Protocol, the focus was on serving the client,”and collectors at Protocol with an “open-minded ‘student loan’ approach to the borrowers of payday loans were seen as ‘corny.’”
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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 Protocol Recovery Service – PRS?
As of October 2017, the BBB has received only 1 complaint against Protocol Recovery Service, in July 2016, alleging problems with billing and collections. The BBB has given PRS a rating of B-. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has not published any closed complaints against PRS. Justia lists at least 10 cases of civil litigation naming PRS as a defendant.
Protocol Recovery Service, Inc. 655 Molly Ln., Ste. 120 Woodstock, GA 30189-6519 Telephone:(850) 769-0165 Website: http://www.protocol.us.com/
Can Protocol Recovery Service 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 PRS 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 Protocol Recovery Service Inc – PRS?
Absolutely. Here are some Sample Cases filed in Federal Court
In June 2007, in United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, a plaintiff filed a complaint against PRS for alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Rhode Island Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). In this case, beginning around the summer of 2006, PRS representatives began calling the plaintiff in an effort to collect a debt. In one of those phone calls the following exchange took place:
PRS Representative: “Are you familiar with arbitration, Ma’am?” Plaintiff: “No.” PRS Representative: “Okay. Basically, what’s going to happen is this information been in our office again since May of 2006. We’ve been trying to get in contact with you to see if we can resolve this issue. If you don’t want to resolve it the alleged debt voluntarily at this point it is a pre-legal issue and they will submit this information to your local magistrate court, obtain a judgment to either garnish wages, lien property, anything they have to do to get the balance in full.”
During this exchange, the plaintiff had notified the representative that she did not owe the alleged debt, but “within days after the June 10, 2006 telephone conversation, Protocol again called the plaintiff.” And subsequent to June 10, 2006, Protocol “repeatedly called the plaintiff.”Next, in August 2006, a different PRS representative, whom the plaintiff had previously identified, began contacting her again. During one of these August 2006 attempts, this PRS representative stated, “now that we’ve gotten this far, lets discuss your bankruptcy,” and then immediately hung up.
As a result, the plaintiff filed a 3-count complaint citing violations of the FDCPA and the DTPA. In the first count, harassment through repeated telephone calls, the plaintiff cited the conduct described above as evidence that PRS “engaged her in conversation with the intent to annoy, abuse, or harass,” and “called her with the intent to annoy, abuse, or harass.” In the second count, making “false or misleading representations,” the plaintiff again cited the conduct above”regarding arbitration, and Protocol’s intended course of conduct, and the outcome of Protocol’s intended course of conduct, as false and/or misleading.” Finally, the third count, unfair collection efforts, charged that PRS “was, or should have been, aware of its agents’ conduct while calling the plaintiff…and that Protocol did not discipline any of its agents as a result of their calls to, and conversations with, the plaintiff…Protocol’s conduct as described in this Count constituted ‘unfair or deceptive acts or practices’ as that term is defined in the Rhode Island DTPA… and was deliberate and outrageous.”
Protocol Recovery Service PRS 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.
Stop Debt Collection Harassment
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.