S & S Recovery Inc or SSR 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 S & S Recovery Inc – SSR?
S & S Recovery, Inc. (SSR) is a third-party collection agency based in Tennessee that specializes in collecting delinquent debts for post secondary educational institutes. SSR has received consumer complaints alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), such as threatening to take actions that cannot legally be taken and using prohibited communication tactics. If SSR has contacted you about delinquent financial obligations,make sure you understand your rights before you respond.
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Is S & S Recovery a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), S & S Recovery, Inc. was founded in 1984. The BBB established a profile page for SSR in 1985, and SSR has been a BBB-accredited business since 1986. The BBB lists SSR as a collection agency that uses the alternate business name, S & S, Inc. Buzzfile estimates SSR’s annual revenue at $2.2 million and the size of its headquarters staff at 22 employees.
According to its website, SSR provides “personalized service to every one of their clients in the higher education industry…and has successfully served the collections and accounts receivable management needs for many of the nation’s leading colleges and universities.” SSR states that its “collectors are specifically trained for working with students with delinquent education-related debt and handle every account with the highest level of professionalism and integrity.”
S & S Recovery specializes in educational debt recovery, including tuition accounts receivable; federal Perkins loans (Perkins default recovery); institutional loans; nursing loans; healthcare service-related professional loans; and Pell grants.
SSR’s debt collection recovery techniques include a pre-collect letter service and billing services in association with “ECSI, ACS, Campus Partners, UAS, EDSI, and Panhandle Plains.” SSR’s state tax offsets program can “increase funds collected…even if the institution uses its own state tax offset program.” SSR also provides litigation services to pursue delinquent accounts through the court system using its network of attorneys.
SSR “is licensed by the State of Tennessee Collection Service Board and currently meets or exceeds all bonding and licensing requirements.” They cite membership in several professional associations, including ACA International; the Tennessee Collectors Association; NACUBO; COHEAO; and CCBO. Their website does not contain any detailed information about regulatory compliance polices; however, their Resources page provides dozens of links to regulatory enforcement agencies and consumer financial resource 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 S & S Recovery?
As of May 2019, the BBB has closed 4 complaints against S & S Recovery in the past 3 years, with 1 complaint closed in the previous 12 months. Most of those complaints alleged problems with billing and collections. Since December 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has closed 4 complaints involving SSR. Justia lists at least 4 cases of civil litigation involving SSR.
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely SSR 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 S & S Recovery?
Absolutely. Here are some sample complaints.
Complaints about S & S Recovery cite problems resulting from phone calls that violate federal laws and disputes about the validity of debts. In October 2018, a complainant alleged that SSR representatives had harassed him by calling him at work and by calling family members about his personal business. According to the complainant, SSR had been calling his place of employment for the previous 2 days. Subsequently, he spoke with an SSR representative who “repeated…the complainant’s social security number out loud; stated that he needed to pay this amount immediately; and that it would be easyif he did it now.” The complainant “explained to this person that he was currently working and couldn’t speak of this matter,” but the SSR representative “went on and stated that he got what he needed.” The next day, this“same person called hisjob again.” When the complainant answered the phone, the SSR representative allegedly stated, “‘OK, now what are you going to do?’” The complainant told him he “was at work and couldn’t discuss this matter.” The SSR representative also “reached out to the complainant’s family members” whom he hadn’t “seen or spoken to in years,… asking for the complainant or his spouse.” In response, SSR stated that they were “under the impression that the complainant wanted to set up arrangements on the account…and that the… number referenced was a number listed on the account.”SSR promised to “no longer contact the complainant at the number listed, which….has been removed from SSR’s system and been labeled as a do not contact…number.”
In June 2016, a complainant stated that S & S Recovery had been reporting a paid account as unpaid. According to the complainant, she had “paid this company every month to clear her debt with a previous university and paid her account off in March of 2016.” However, “since paying her account off with this company,” she has “had issues getting them to report her account as paid.” She stated that she is “in need of her transcripts from this university and now that her account is paid, SSR claims that she has 2 additional accounts with this university.” The complainant stated that she had “contacted the university to find out what accounts she had, and they stated she only had the original balance.” When she “contacted SSR,… the employee she spoke with was very rude.” In response, SSR stated that the “issue has been resolved.” SSR said they had “collected the payment in full from the consumer…and sent the university…a statement showing the account was paid in full.” However, they also said that “several months later, … the consumer called in upset that the university still had a hold on her account, and she didn’t understand why SSR had not told them. SSR tried to explain that the university may have not reconciled their statement correctly but assured her they had made them aware.” SSR also stated that had sent written confirmation to both the university and the complainant.
S & S Recovery 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 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 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.