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Debt collection

Can a debt collection agency try to have me arrested over a debt collection?

Collections agencies don't have the legal authority to issue arrest warrants or have you put in jail.

Warning: If a collector has obtained a judgment against you and you ignore an order to appear in court, a judge may issue a warrant for your arrest.

Tip: You should never ignore a court order. If you get a court order to appear, you should go to court and provide any required information. You may want to consult with an attorney to help you with your court appearance.

Tip: If you're having trouble with debt collection, you can submit a complaint with the CFPB online or by calling (855) 411-CFPB (2372).

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