Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 9, 1976 · Page 3
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 3

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 1976 Sylvia Porter Pay-up ruses back in vogue Be on guard! A long disused practice of enticing von v,t" notes entitling your creditor to go to cofrt and you ' are possible lawsuit over latepaymem. The resu t To avoid a lawsuit now, you are asked to give up a right o d , f t i f made a g ainst unfa * meth- eere? kt nm S° T '" recent y ears is n TM seriously endan- Sv inn r 3 M C8USe m!)lions find themselves unable to pay mnatioiMwol en bills when they're out of work. It's also because more businesses than in many years are trying to collect every penny owed them so they can survive. The result is a collision course between debtor and creditor, with unfa r methods often being used by one or both. hn/lV^/HK 358 !. f y ° U think t h a t debt-collection practices Savfecn \!T ng t0 aV ° id P 8 *"* Ie 8 itimate bills Today s economic pinch has squeezed record numbers of mid- npr , , ° f these citizens are faci "g *eir own personal, private defaults. A Consumer Credit Counseling Ser. vice or other organization in your area may help you with ad; vice and by getting your creditors to agree to wait in line and not force you into bankruptcy. Among the worst aspects of the new debt-collection abuses is that many who actually don't owe the money may be forced to pay. This permits firms who sell defective merchandise to continue in business, unfairly competing with legitimate firms as well as injuring innocent consumers. Specifically: --Pressure on employers to compel employes to' pay bills, even if disputed, is continuing in many parts of the country -in the face of the fact that the practice is illegal in many areas. . --Use of the courts as a collection agency where consumers cannot afford lawyers to present their side of the cases has become much more commonplace, as legal-assistance programs have been cut back due to lack of funds. --The old "horror" tactics -- such as midnight telephone calls and use of moonlighting sheriffs in uniform -- are on the rise again. --A new intimidation practice directed primarily at lower : middle-income homeowners involves putting a "for sale" sign . in front of the debtor's house -- without getting a court judg- · ment or foreclosure to authorize actual sale. Minor steps are .being taken to deal with this problem, but they are far from Adequate. Of course, leaders in the movement against debt collection tactics are on the alert and are trying to fight back. A federal statute designed to curb abuses by collection agencies was pending in the consumer subcommittee of the House Banking Committee when the year ended, but this legislation would not .touch the practices of creditors themselves who do not use .'professional collection agencies -- a big gap. The Federal Trade Commission has moved to preserve consumer defenses by making final its new rule prohibiting the ·so-called "holder in due course" doctrine -- under which third parties can tell a consumer to pay them regaj-dless of any dispute between the consumer and the dealer. The Fair Credit Billing Act, effective this past Oct. 28, imposes similar safeguards on credit-card transactions. A consumer can now refuse to pay a credit-card charge for an item that was defective if the consumer made a good-faith effort to solve the problem with the dealer and if the transaction was in the same state or within 50 miles of the address given by the consumer to get the card. Bui what good are these defenses -- or any others -- if you can't afford to hire a lawyer, can't get one otherwise, or can't take the time to go to court? There is only one basic defense: Your own awareness of the pitfalls and knowledge of how to avoid them. Copyright 19ft Divorced group starting '. Jewish Family Service is starting a new group for recently divorced and separated men and women. It will be a small group discussion where i common concerns, feelings Happy ending in kidnap case · MOSCOW (UPI) -- A 5- year-old girl kidnaped more than three years ago was found nearly 1,000 miles away from her home living under a false name, a Soviet newspaper said. She recognized her parents immediately and ran to her mother crying "Mummy," the newspaper said. Police are still seeking the woman who abducted her. and ideas are shared. The program is open to everyone but membership is limited. Sessions will be held seven weeks starting Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The fee is $9.50. 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