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Complaint Review: Pressler & Pressler

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  • Submitted: Sun, April 24, 2005
  • Updated: Mon, June 06, 2005

  • Reported By:Greensboro North Carolina
Pressler & Pressler
16 Wing Drive Cedar Knolls, New Jersey U.S.A.

Pressler & Pressler /New Century Financial Services Some More Toxic waste of Collections Cedar Knolls New Jersey

*Consumer Suggestion: More of Pressler's tactics

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Here is how they work. An old credit card or loan company sells its list of bad debts to collection agency A who sells it to collection agency B who sells it to collection agency C who sells it to New Century. New Century usually says in it's complaint that "we have purchased the debt" leaving the impression that they bought it from the credit card or loan company. They usually do not have proof of the alleged debt (i.e. the contract) which is required, nor can they prove that they are the the new owners of the alleged debt.I suspect that New Century is a front for Pressler as Pressler cannot buy alleged debts and then sue in their own name. They set up New Century so they can buy debts which were written off by the original creditor. THIS IS FRAUD!Pressler is notorious for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act!

Randy
little river, South Carolina
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

More of Pressler's tactics

AUTHOR: R - (U.S.A.)

Pressler & Pressler or some of their employees bought bank account information from a group who furnished debtor names to them - article below. Also, many of the debts bought by so called "junk debt buyers" are past the statute of limitations for collections - while a bad debt/chargeoff can legally remain on your credit report for 7 years after chargeoff.

In New Jersey, though, that debt is only legally collectable for 6 years after date of chargeoff. After that, it is illegal under the FDCPA to attempt to collect on that debt. It doesn't stop most of the collectors, as FDCPA violations carry a $1,000 fine and most people do not kow that and do not take action.

In other states, that statute of limitations is different - in some states it is 4 years. You can check out the websites www.artofcredit.com and bayhouse.com for more info. also try www.creditwrench.com. They are all free and extremely informative.
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Bank data suit filed

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Camco resident claims account illegally seized
By RENEE WINKLER
Courier-Post Staff
CAMDEN

A Camden County man, who acknowledges he had unpaid debts that were turned over to a collection agency, on Friday sued in U.S. District Court for class-action status for hundreds of thousands of bank customers he claims were victims of unlawful debt practices.

Robert A. Jones, whose address is not included in court documents, identifies himself as a Commerce Bank customer whose records he believes were sold to a Hackensack man who then turned them over to a law firm specializing in debt collection.

The only defendant in the lawsuit is the law firm, Pressler & Pressler LLP of Cedar Knolls, Morris County.

Pressler & Pressler seized Jones' $2,000 account for unpaid bills in February, according to the lawsuit. The timing of that seizure "appears to coincide with the dates when Orazio Lembo Jr. unlawfully purchased bank account information," said Philip Steven Fuoco, the Haddonfield attorney who filed the lawsuit for Jones.

Officials say Lembo paid $10 to bank employees for each account number. None of the banks whose employees reportedly sold information, nor Lembo, is a defendant in the lawsuit.

Lembo has been charged in Hackensack with racketeering and disclosing confidential information. That information was used to build a multimillion dollar business of his own, DRL & Associates, police said.

Fuoco said the plaintiff class, which would have to be certified by a judge, could include hundreds of thousands of bank customers. His lawsuit could be expanded to include customers of other banks named in previously reported sales of personal information. The other banks are Bank of America, Wachovia and PNC.

In addition to Lembo, police in Hackensack have arrested 10 people, including eight former bank employees. The Wall Street Journal reported this week as many as 10 banks may have been victimized in the scheme. Hackensack police Capt. Frank Lomie has said there could be as many as 700,000 potential victims.

Lembo, 35, of Hackensack, described himself as a "deadbeat locator service and collection agency." The information he obtained and sold to the law firm was not used to create new accounts, so it is not considered identity theft.

Both the Federal Fair Debt Collection Act and New Jersey statutes make it unlawful to take or use information from a computer database without authorization, said Fuoco.

Fuoco said there was no legal way for Lembo to obtain Jones' bank account information.

A telephone call to Pressler & Pressler was not returned on Friday.

In addition to seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and costs of the investigation and attorney fees, the lawsuit asks that Pressler & Pressler be barred from using confidential banking information obtained from Lembo or his company.

The lawsuit asks the courts to order that all illegally obtained information be destroyed and that people whose information was sold be told which companies were given the information.
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