If you listen to the collections industry, credit card companies have started employing a lighter touch when it comes to debt collection. An article on CollectionsAndCreditRisk.com says that this strategy is an attempt by the credit card industry to mitigate its losses.
However, based on everything I hear from my clients, such genteel behavior by the debt collector set has not caught on in New York (if indeed it exists at all).
In citing the new, more sensitive approaches to debt collection, the article cites Capital One’s getting in touch with customers earlier on when they see red flags. And it mentions that many credit card companies are willing to stretch out the period during which they’ll accept minimum payments.
First off, who wants to be harassed by creditors earlier in the process? And second, making minimum payments on a credit card over an extended period is bad financial management since you end up paying a heck of a lot more than the original borrowed amount.
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