Stop creditor’s phone calls at work

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Q: I'm in the middle a dispute about a landscaping bill. The other day, someone from the landscaping company called my company and asked to speak to my boss. Is that legal? C.N., Glen Burnie, Md.

A: No. While creditors may be allowed to contact you at work, they can't simply call and speak to your supervisor. Collection agencies aren't even permitted to contact you at work if your employer prohibits it. To prevent calls at work, contact the creditor and indicate your home number and a time to be contacted. Or you can ask your attorney to intervene. For details on your rights involving creditors, contact the Federal Trade Commission at (877) FTC-HELP or visit www.ftc.gov/ftc/consumer.htm.

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