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If you are receiving repeated, misdirected, and/or abusive calls from a third party debt collector, you may find relief in the provisions of the FDCPA, the federal law which regulates collector behavior and provides you simple tools for your own defense. It grants you control of how you are contacted, the right to dispute debt claims, and the means to sue at low cost. Learn your rights and first response tactics at FTC-dot-gov. See also your state laws for additional support.

http://www.ftc.gov/os/statutes/fdcpajump.shtm

Attorneys general and the FTC are valid complaint venues which help the public good and may get the bad actors eventually punished. But understand that you must confront collection agencies directly if your goal is to halt or compensate for their mistreatment of your privacy and consumer rights.
Resident47
 Jun 22nd, 2011
Shewolf: Pressing phony ''hot check'' claims is a favorite game of IC Systems. They use tactics like the fake payday loan thugs, but unlike those distant criminals, IC can be stopped and sued by individuals.

In hassling you about your daughter, the collector is trying to create false shame, under the legally permitted guise of ''seeking location''. No doubt ''Adam'' is a house alias not actually on the payroll. Here are the steps I would take, assuming you're on friendly terms with your daughter:

- Document all calls and CID carefully and record clean phone audio if possible. Discussion of debt with third parties, even relatives, breaks federal law. Probably the whole claim is bogus, which would also be unlawful.
- Watch for anything else violative, such as a harassing call pattern, abusive reps, foul language, and deceptive practice. Get the story on paper.
- When you have a decent pile of violations documented, send ICS a cease-comm notice via USPS Certified with return card. The FTC and many consumer watchdogs explain how to draft one. Now they can't bother you again unless they feel like paying you a grand from your lawsuit.
- Share your evidence with your daughter so she can file her own suit. If neither of you want to go pro se, I predict a good consumer attorney with sharp claws will run on contingency and collect her fee from the loser.

Reports from 800Notes are quite interesting, fully naming this outfit as Interstate Check Systems and one claiming it's an alias of JEC Law Group and Northtown Capital. JEC and Northtown have earlier this year been named in a rise in very similar complaints here, which tends to support this connection. See also 716-235-1006, 888-358-1120
Resident47
 Jun 22nd, 2011
Received another harrassment call from this number at 9:00 this morning.
Shewolf
 Jun 22nd, 2011
We've received several calls from a man identifying himself as "Adam Banks" of IC Systems. The person claims that our adult daughter has performed check fraud and that her attorney needs to contact him immediately. Each time we tell him this is not our matter to contact her directly. I've found, on-line, that a person named "Adam Banks" has made similar calls to other individuals making similar claims; he calls them from 214-919-4153.
Shewolf
 Jun 21st, 2011

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