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overnment debt collection is great work if you can get it. The contracts can be difficult to obtain as is made apparent by the relatively few agencies that possess them. This issue is dedicated to helping willing collection professionals on their way to such a contract through initial information and intermediate steps such as collecting municipal debt. For this issue I spoke with the hog-riding, guitar-picking lawyer extraordinaire, Joseph I. Terkell, Esq. of The Terkell Law Firm. Terkell talks about the winding road that brought him into collection law and his passion for motorcycles and electric guitars. Compliance Advisor Debra J. Ciskey warns collection professionals not to take the bait laid by litigious consumers and reveals ways to avoid costly mistakes. Agency Advisor, Sam Eidson describes the basics of government debt and highlights several of its key attributes. Skip Tracing Advisor Ron Brown discusses social security numbers further and teaches how to separate the real ones from the fakes. Technology Advisor Sam Edens iterates technological steps that must be taken to increase the chances to be selected to collect on government accounts. Benchmark Advisor Harry A. Strausser III discusses the power of LinkedIn and why every collection professional should be making it work for them. Legal Collection Advisor Fred N. Blitt reveals the impacts of the CFPB v. Frederick J. Hanna & Associates case and what they mean for debt collection. I made 15 videos featuring technology visionaries at the DBA International convention that are featured at www.CollectionAdvisor.com. While at the convention, I caught up on new technology including email and text collections. Next issue Collection Advisor will be taking a closer look at credit card collections. Until next time, we look forward to hearing from you.

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Differentiate Between Fake and Real Social Security Numbers

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In order for a professional tracer to operate at a maximum level they must have a thorough understanding of the closest thing the United States has to an individual identifier. The informa informattion ion has been verified by its correspondence to the SSA’s Pro Proggram ram Operations Manual System (POMS) Part 01, Chapter 001, subchapter 01, which can be found at Federal Depository Libraries. (SSA Pub. No. 68-0100201) A social security number has the pattern, AAA-GGSSSS, where A is the area number, G is the Group number, and S is the serial number. According to the SSA, social security numbers are assigned somewhat randomly, but the following situations are never used: numbers containing all 0’s in any group and numbers starting with 666 or 9 are not valid. Therefore the following sample numbers are in correct format but are invalid social security numbers: 000-12-2345 123-00-4567 123-45-0000 666-12-3456 900-12-3456 950-12-3456 If you happen to be on the receiving end of social security numbers as a professional tracer, now you know how to spot the fake ones. As a bit of trivia, there are a few other social security numbers a tracer should be aware of which are flagged as invalid by this program. The social security numbers 987-65-4320 to 987-65-4329 are reserved for use in advertisements. The SSA used 219-09-9999 in a promotional pamphlet in 1940. In 1938, a wallet manufacturer inserted a sample Social Security card in each of its wallets as part of a marketing effort. The sample was a copy of Hilda Schrader Whitcher’s card, with the social security number 078-05-1120. Hilda was secretary to the vice president of marketing of the firm. Over 40,000 people have used this number according to the SSA. The tracer should be aware 800-999 are not valid social security numbers. Some sources have claimed numbers above 900 were used when some state programs were converted to federal control but current SSA documents claim no numbers above 799 have ever been used.

Serial Numbers Serial numbers are assigned in chronologi-

cal order within each area and group number as the applications are processed. Serial number 0000 is never used. Before 1965, when number assignment was transferred from field offices to the central office, serial numbers may have been assigned in a strange order. (Some sources claim 2000 and 7000 series numbers were assigned out of order. This no longer seems to be the case.) Currently, the serial numbers are assigned in strictly

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increasing order with each area and group combination.

Group Numbers

The group number is not related to geography but rather to the order in which social security numbers are issued for a particular area. Before 1965, only half the group numbers were used: odd numbers were used below 10 and even numbers were used above 9. In 1965 the system was changed so assignments continued with the low even numbers and the high odd numbers. So, group numbers for each area number are assigned in the following order: Odd numbers, 01 to 09 Odd numbers, 11 to 99 Even numbers, 02 to 08 Even numbers, 10 to 98 Group codes of 00 are not assigned. In each region, all possible area numbers are assigned with each group number before using the next group number. This means the group numbers can be used to find a chronological ordering of social security numbers within a region. When new group numbers are assigned to a state, the old numbers are usually used up first. SSA publishes a list every month of the highest group assigned for each SSN Area. For example, if the highest group assigned for area 999 is 72, then we know the number 999-041234 is an invalid number because even Groups under 9 have not yet been assigned. I hope this in-depth exploration of the number one identifier a tracer utilizes in the United States will aid you in your future endeavors to track down the most elusive and dangerous animal on the face of the earth…man. Until next time, good luck and good hunting! Ron Brown is a member of the National Association of Fraud Investigators and the author of “MANHUNT: The Book.” Contact him at rbrown2150@aol.com. May/June 2016

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Sometimes collectors have conversations with consumers leaving collectors feeling like someone just played them. They feel manipulated in a way difficult for them to describe. These may bbee instances in which the collector was baited by the consumer in aan n attempt to get the collector to violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices P ractices Act. Let’s look at some of the known baiting scenarios. In a very recent case, a call between the consumer and the Debra J. Ciskey debt collector occurred about a week after the collection agency had sent the consumer the initial notice, including the validation notice which informs the consumer of his right to dispute the follows: 1) The consumer’s approach to communicating with debt. The agency had spoken with the consumer a few days the collector was very different in the last call than the previous earlier, reaching no resolution of the debt. When the consumer two calls; 2) The consumer consulted with someone in the called the agency a few days after the initial conversation, the room during the final call; 3) The consumer provided attorney consumer asked the collector, “When do I have to take care of this representation information to the collector at the conclusion debt?” The collector explained the placement date and told the of the call. The collection agency argued these circumstances consumer they look to resolve the balance immediately. When indicated the consumer was not a least sophisticated consumer, asked again, the collector said they were looking for payment but the court said the standard is objective and the court applied “as soon as possible.” The consumer asked whether the collector the standard. meant payment in full, to which she responded “correct.” Other attempts to bait debt collectors seek to confuse them When asked if they wanted it paid immediately, she responded by changing the subject of the call. For example, the call proceeds “correct.” The consumer said he with this line of comment and could not pay the debt and he had questioning by the consumer: “This requires solid policies and hired an attorney. • How much do I owe? The consumer claimed the • I don’t think I owe this much. procedures, frequent training including debt collector overshadowed his • Is a settlement available? role playing out these scenarios, rights by demanding immediate • I can only pay $10 per month. payment, implying partial • I’ll do the best I can. and job aids easily accessed by collectors payment must be made within the in the instance they recognize they validation period. After discussion In this scenario, the debt of other cases in the same district has already been furnished to are the target of a consumer who related to overshadowing, the credit reporting agencies. About intends to get them to violate the law.” court concluded, with application 30 days or so after the phone call of the least sophisticated occurs the consumer checks his consumer standard, the debt credit report. If the account does collector overshadowed the consumer’s right to dispute the not carry a status of disputed then the consumer’s attorney debt by answering the consumer’s questions in such a way threatens to file a lawsuit contending the consumer verbally communicating payment in full was due immediately, when disputed the debt in the telephone conversation yet the debt the consumer had several weeks remaining in the validation collector did not provide a status of disputed to credit reporting period. The court said, “It is unlikely that an unsophisticated agencies. The FDCPA Section 807(8) [1692e7] is generally consumer would understand that he could still dispute the cited: Communicating or threatening to communicate to any debt despite making immediate payment arrangements as [the person credit information which is known or which should consumer] was encouraged to do.” (Schuller v. AllianceOne be known to be false, including the failure to communicate a Receivables Management, Inc., Case No. 4:15 CV 298 CDP, disputed debt is disputed. The consumer’s “I don’t think I owe USDC, Eastern District of MO, Eastern Division. decision filed this much” statement is the dispute, but collectors can be led to 02/01/16, page 14.) disregard the statement when discussion of the account turns to Indications the consumer was baiting the collector were as settlement and eventual payment. When collectors experience

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“Consumers also attempt to bait consumers into FDCPA violations by asking repeated and specific questions about the credit reporting status of their account.” this line of questioning, the safest next step is to disposition the account as a disputed account to ensure credit bureau reporting meets the consumer’s expectation. Consumers also attempt to bait consumers into FDCPA violations by asking repeated and specific questions about the credit reporting status of their account, including: • How long will this stay on my account if I pay this? • If I can’t pay it off how long will the account affect my credit? • What do I have to do to dispute this account? • So my dispute has to be valid? • What proof do I need to dispute the account? • What do I need to do to dispute the account? • Does my dispute have to be in writing? • Do I need a reason why I am disputing the account? • Your company doesn’t think the debt is valid?

who intends to get them to violate the law. My experience is sometimes collectors feel compelled to demonstrate their perceived expertise related to credit reporting. However, in this case, to quote Alexander Pope, “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.” Provide scripted responses your collectors must use for these questions reflecting your policies and procedures, empower them to say, “I don’t know,” and to repeat the same answer. Collectors should inform their manager and the compliance officer when they feel they have been subject to baiting. Review the recordings and the account and treat the account accordingly to protect yourself from liability. With the right policies, training, and account management practices, you can avoid the traps others set for you. Debra Ciskey is the Compliance Officer at Wakefield & Associates. Inc. She is a member of the board of directors and a certified instructor for ACA International.

We have to rely on our front line staff to recognize baiting scenarios and respond to them properly. This requires solid policies and procedures, frequent training including role playing out these scenarios, and job aids easily accessed by collectors in the instance they recognize they are the target of a consumer

CORRECTION: Ciskey’s column, “Letters - A Compliance Officer’s Nightmare,” in the March/April 2016 issue contained an error. Disclosing existing creditor/debt collector financial or managerial relationships is a state-specific letter requirement in Idaho, not Utah.

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Last December, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act) was made law by the federal government. Unlike the previous ruling which only allowed the IRS the authority to place collections with private debt collection companies, this new law went a step further by requiring the IRS to use private debt collection companies. The law also states that the IRS must begin entering into contacts within three months after the date of enactment. That timeframe is rapidly closing but there is no language detailing when the IRS will actually start placing inactive tax receivables. Last year, I wrote about agencies investing their time and dollars in preparing for a government contract, primarily for the Department of Education contract. Collecting for the IRS is a new opportunity for established agencies to get into the government space and for agencies already in the space to service another line of government receivables. There is plenty of work that can be done in advance to prepare for this opportunity. Data security should be a primary concern. If your collection software is preventing your agency from achieving compliance and hitting security benchmarks you may want to evaluate other software options or work with your current software provider to implement additional security features. Make sure the backend database is fully encrypted and that data in transit is as well. If encryption is available, you may want to verify it is turned on because in some collection products the encryption feature is optional and turned off by default in an effort to save space. Aside from the actual software, you should review and enhance your information security policies. If you do not already have these policies documented, you should address that immediately. Policies detailing available user accounts, access privileges, password policies, and how to work with sensitive data need to be covered. If you find yourself overwhelmed with implementing or updating data security policies, a great resource to start is the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). It will not answer all the questions but FISMA will provide great direction and help to set things in motion. Simply having a strong data security policy is not good enough. Awareness of the policy and to the ever-changing landscape of compliance and data security is key as well. Awareness begins with a strong training program. Create an electronic training program that focuses on working with government data and the sensitivity of that data. In a test environment, stage examples for users to encounter and work with sensitive data in your collection software. Wherever possible, implement automated IT processes that promote awareness. So far, I have touched on policy and procedure ideas with a focus on the operation and environment. There are many items you can fine-tune directly in your collection software as well. First and foremost, make every effort to eliminate manual processes by replacing them with automation. Every time a user manually kicks off a process, renames or moves a file, or manually retrieves/sends

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data with an external vendor, the likelihood for user error increases. You may be surprised to find out that most manual processes like those mentioned can be automated within your software or with custom applications that work with your collection software. Take a step back to really understand and document all your processes. Then, review the list with your team or consultant(s), pick out areas where automation is an option, and prioritize the list before beginning any design or development. Second, take the time to evaluate and enhance your workflow. Agencies should implement this practice at least twice per year. The addition of new clients, the performance of your consumer representatives, and the strengths/weaknesses of your skip tracing efforts may introduce new trends or change trends that were evaluated when your existing workflow was designed. Find something that works best for your agency. Third, develop your own performance reports. Do not rely solely on canned reports that were delivered with your collection software. Like enhancing the workflow, there are metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) meaningful for your agency. Many of the collection products have some sort of built-in mechanism for developing custom reports. If custom reporting within your software is not available, there are plenty of reporting tools with many connectors that may work with your product. Take a look at Business Objects (Crystal Reports), Cognos BI, Microsoft SSRS, or Tableau. By refining a few of your operational policies and procedures and implementing some strategic changes in your collection software, your agency can be set up nicely for that new government contract. As with the Department of Education contract, you can bet the IRS will be gathering performance data on the agencies receiving placements and that the data will be made public via several published reports. Wouldn’t it be nice to see your agency at the top of that list? Sam Edens has been with Emprise Technologies since 2006 and is currently serving as Vice President. Prior to his time with Emprise, Sam designed and developed performance and flow management software for UPS. May/June 2016

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As government debt continues to grow, governmental bodies have an increased need for private collection agencies in order to rrecover ecover lost revenue. Government debt includes unpaid income ttax, ax, property taxes, parking tickets, traffic tickets, tolls and stu student d ent loans all of which are not considered a service or product that has been purchased. The aforementioned government debts are not regulated by the same standard as privatized debt. What does this mean for collection agencies looking to do business for the government? Recently politicians identified the need for auto-dialers when attempting to contact federal student loan borrowers about repayment and options to help those who are in default on their loan. This approach contradicts the Federal Communications Commission’s interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act concerning unwanted robocalls to consumers’ cell phones, especially without prior consent. While this may seem like a win for the ARM industry some are asking, “How is it OK to call a cell phone using an automated telephone dialing system for government debt but not privatized debt?” The IRS has recently been mandated to use private collection agencies to collect tax debt the IRS hasn’t collected in the past due to lack of time or resources. The IRS plans to notify the consumer in writing letting him or her know that it turned the account over to a private debt collector. The debt collection company will then send a separate letter to the taxpayer confirming this transfer. This too is a win for the ARM industry and consumers. The IRS last worked with private debt collection agencies to collect consumer tax debt in 2006. An independent study found collection agencies had a higher customer satisfaction rating than the IRS. So the question collection agencies need to ask is, “Are we an extension of the government thus giving us immunity to certain laws?” Will we be held to the same federal or state consumer protection laws? Federal consumer protection rules and laws rarely apply to government debt. Often government debt collection costs are added to the debt as opposed to a consumer creditor who typically has to pay out of the money recovered by the collection agency. Are aggressive tactics such as excessive fees, threatening arrest warrants, garnishment, foreclosure, suspending drivers’ licenses OK so long as the government is able to back it up? Based on my research the answer is a firm no. Even if the government backs up what you say or do, you still could face the risk of complaints from regulators such as the Attorney

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General, Federal Trade Commission, or Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, not to mention an increased risk of receiving frivolous law suits. The aggressive approach could also end up affecting your agency’s brand and future opportunities to bring on new clients not to think of the man-hours taken to respond to the regulators. It’s encouraging to see our government realizes the benefits private collection agencies have on our economy and our politicians trust that the majority of licensed and insured agencies are good players with an ultimate goal of helping consumers. I truly believe this could be the start of a revolution for our industry. As we continue to get noticed for all the good we do the bad publicity and negative perception will fade away. If you have interest in a government contract I’ve listed a few of the requirements I’ve come across below: • The proposer must have at least five years experience in debt and credit collection services, with at least three of those with governmental experience. References will be requested. • The proposer must provide evidence of license and bonds for collecting money in county, city or state; nationwide capability is preferred. • The proposer must have coverage including professional and general liability insurance and must provide proof they are bonded against employee dishonesty and theft. • The firm is required to be fully compliant with all HIPPA, HITECH and PCI/DSS regulations. • The proposer is required to provide information regarding any citations or investigations by any regulatory body. • The firm must have current memberships with the ACA, BBB, and local state collectors association. Sam Eidson is the Director of Compliance for Delta Outsource Group, Inc. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Collectors Association. May/June 2016

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uilding a collection agency’s portfolio can be challenging, but indeed, a key component to growing an agency’s success. In no vertical is this more challenging than government collections. Not only is it difficult to land a government contract but the rules and stipulations of the contract are numerous. Marc Chibnik, CEO of Harvard Collection Services notes several challenges involved with not only obtaining a government contract but collecting the debt as well. “There are quite a few substantial challenges specific to collecting government debt,” said Chibnik. “First of all, there are several types of governmental debt at several levels including: Marc Chibnik federal, state, county and municipal. For example, before you may even begin to consider participating on the federal level, more often than not the agency must be registered with the GSA (General Services Administration), and on SAM (System for Award Management). This entails having both a FEIN and a DUNS number as well as an E-Verify number, not to mention licensing and bonding in all 50 states. Additionally, after work is secured, there is a considerable amount of administrative burden such as reporting requirements and compliance audits when collecting on a government debt contract. Lastly, there are fixed procurement cycles from one to five years, so a firm needs to be involved in new procurements in order to retain the work.” Before an agency may even approach such a challenge, however, they must first meet an even larger one: becoming eligible to collect government debt. It is best if this monumental task is taken in small steps all the way to capitol hill. “This is not an easy task,” said Chibnik. “Usually in order to successfully bid on government collection work,

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an agency has to have experience in that vertical, which is a bit of a catch-22. One way around that is to hire individuals with government experience and expertise. A firm may try to enter the vertical using a local nexus: pursuing local state, county and municipal work. Also, they may try to take advantage of small, woman or disadvantaged owned business set-asides. Often times states give “in-state preference” to firms in the state or in a state that reciprocates on preference. So looking locally, starting small and, of course, writing a good proposal all definitely help.” Collection professionals are well acquainted with the optimal dynamic to

maintain when working with consumers. However, as is the nature of government collections, the dynamic is different when approaching a consumer in the name of Uncle Sam. Unlike the majority of rules created in recent years to “improve” the collection industry, those particular to government collection work in the collection professional’s favor. “The handling of statute of limitations does come into play while performing government collections, but in a positive way for the agency,” said Chibnik.

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In January 2016, the CFPB entered into a Consent Order with the Hanna Law Firm. This Consent Order was monumental in some respects as it provided significant details regarding the practice of law involving debt collection matters. This article will discuss some of the major impacts of the Consent Order on collection law firms.

Documentation Required

The Order sets forth the expectation that attorneys will review documentation that, at a minimum, discloses the consumer’s name, the last four digits of the account number associated with the debt at charge off, the claimed amount, and any contractual terms and conditions applicable to the debt. It mandates a signed contract or a statement showing a purchase, payment or other use of the account. Where the client is a debt buyer the attorney must see a chronological listing of all prior owners of the debt, the date of each transfer, a certified or authenticated copy of each bill of sale and such documentation must contain a specific reference to the particular debt at issue. Additionally, Hanna (and by extension, all of us) is required to document their review of the account level documents, the statute of limitations, bankruptcy status and verify the consumer’s identity and address to insure proper venue.

Moving Forward

Interestingly, Hanna was partially sued for relying on their client’s affidavits. A reflexive response is it appears the CFPB was expecting Hanna to somehow audit the client’s affidavit process. However, when you read the Hanna Consent Order and that of PRA and Midland together, the CFPB was not expecting clairvoyance; their requirement for “Original AccountLevel Documentation” confirms the collective intent of these Orders was to create downward and upward pressure among all the actors in the debt collection process to provide and receive documentation.

Real World Implications

The Hanna Consent Order should force you to take a very close look at your placement process. It discusses requirements that must be met, in my opinion,

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positive outcome of the Order is a bright line definition of meaningful involvement. Recall, it was less than two years ago when the Pressler court enshrined meaningful involvement without telling us anything more than finding a four second review was insufficient. Specifically, the Order discussed the type of documentation in need of review at the time an account was placed with a law firm for collection.

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prior to sending out your initial demand letters. While these requirements may differ significantly from your state code of civil procedure, you need to determine the risk you intend to take in deciding how strictly you wish to adhere to the terms of the Consent Order. While we all await new rules in our industry, most people believe these rules will be very similar to the terms we see today. In addition, it is important to talk to your clients about the Consent Order. First, you should review the manner in which documentation is sent to your office. Depending on the volume of files your office handles, this process could be debilitating. Second, it is imperative you review your contracts with your clients to determine how the current terms are impacted by the Consent Orders. Third, to engage in truly meaningful involvement, there needs to be a discussion about pre-Order client timelines for demand letters and suit dates. In other words, this review process will be more onerous on your staff and more time consuming. You and your client’s IT teams will have to work to set up interfaces to assure the account level documents are received as a single placement, to assure your staff is not sifting through a 200 page document dump or clicking on many sets of suit documents to find what they need. Fourth, is staffing. Do you have the staff in place to not only upload the data but the attorneys necessary to assure a meaningful review?

Conclusions

In many respects, the post-Order world is not so new; all of us were already documenting pleading approvals and placements. All of us wanted more information and documents upfront – document production pre-suit is a major factor contributing to or reaching settlement of the case. However, the joke will be on anyone who thinks it’s just business as usual. A smart firm will use this opportunity to tighten processes, improve efficiency and to garner additional protections for your firm. Fred N. Blitt, Esq., is a partner with Blitt and Gaines, PC in Illinois and Couch, Conville and Blitt in Louisiana. He is past president of NARCA. May/June 2016

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It is with profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Mike Lim on February 21, 2016. Mike was a pioneer and leader in the Accounts Receivable Management Industry for over 45 years. Started in 1970, CollectOne–Tiger was among the first, if not the first, commercially available software developed for the debt collection industry, and remains one of oldest debt collection software companies still in business. CDS began before Microsoft, and was one of the first collection software systems to work with the Oracle database application. Mike was known for his generosity, mentorship, and intense curiosity of all new technology. His vision and commitment to customers and the collection industry will continue on. We will miss you, Mike.

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When I was young, my father always used to tell me, “Son, it’s not what you know in life that is important, it is who you know that will bring success.” It is a common belief in our culture that tthose hose who have reached high levels of success often have been well cconnected onnected in their given industry. Education is, of course, a very ccritical ritical element along the way but once you embark on a career both personally and professionally most of us have learned that surrounding yourself with the right people fosters success. There is also an old adage that says the real pathway to success is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. For some of us that is a very easy task but the concept makes a lot of sense! Most of us in business have learned that networking through various organizations helps promote our firms and services. Locally we join chambers of commerce. Regionally we may belong to medical organizations like the American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management or Healthcare Financial Management Association. We become active in our state units of ACA International and of course network nationally at ACA International conferences and other various industry association events. But, how do we keep track of those many names and faces we meet along the way? What happens when a colleague makes a career move and their email or cell number is no longer valid? This is where the power of social media comes to the rescue! I typically find that most are very familiar with Facebook and use it pretty actively. This is a good informal tool to keep in touch with friends and family. The best resource for our professional contacts is through LinkedIn. Although virtually everyone has heard about the resource, I find there are still many who have not tapped into this incredible networking platform. But the numbers are growing almost exponentially. LinkedIn was launched in California in 2003. According to Statista.com, from 2009 through the end of 2015 LinkedIn members have grown from 37 million to 414 million. Approximately 25% of members are U.S. based. It is available in over 200 countries and in 20 different languages. The average user has between 500 and 999 connections. Are you one of the businesses or professionals benefiting from this resource? I recently had an enlightening conversation with Steven Gan, president of Stellar Risk Management Services, Inc. I’ve known Steve for many years and about 18 months ago I enlisted in his firm’s LinkedIn consulting program. In just a year and a half I have grown my contacts from several hundred to almost

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2,800 through a proactive process of targeting and inviting key industry operators and professionals. According to Steve, one of the most important ideas while you are building your pool of contacts is to participate in LinkedIn discussion groups. Just like any professional or industry association or meeting, a LinkedIn discussion group is a forum where people of similar professional backgrounds or common interests can discuss a wide range of ideas. Through regular and thoughtful participation in LinkedIn discussion groups: • Your name and face will become well known within your groups – groups you joined specifically because people you want to know are members. • Your expertise and insights will be recognized as valuable. • Your professional “brand” will become a reliable resource. • Some of the people you have new relationships with may become new clients. As I presently participate in a few of the LinkedIn discussion groups. Here is a quick guide to the types of posts I’ve found will encourage a discussion: • Request information. • Describe a problem and ask how others would solve it. • Ask a thought-provoking question…carefully! • Post an article for discussion. • Post data. • Compliment. We encourage our readers to submit a “best practice” idea for inclusion in this column. Until next time, I’m in a collection office near you! Harry A. Strausser III is president of Remit Corporation/Interact Training & Development. Contact him at harry@ remitcorp.com. May/June 2016

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MUNICIPAL COLLECTOR SERVES THE CITY

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unicipal collections can be many agencies’ first foray in collecting for government. This kind of collection can have some particular attributes, some are positive while some are down right challenging. One of the positive attributes Alicia Sundstorm, president of Financial Credit Network, describes is the clients making the necessary documentation a priority. “Most, if not all of our cities, have no issues at all providing back up documentation to support why someone owes them money,” said Sundstrom. “Typically, the easier to collect are Alicia Sunsdtrom the types of debt the customer signed up for or requested. The more difficult are the fines, like DUI fees, citations and tickets that don’t have something like their driver’s license tied up.” As with every type of debt collection, there are challenges depending on the type of clients with which an agency works. Sometimes this includes filling the gaps in a client’s infrastructure adjusting to their speed of processing. “Municipal clients tend to be very limited in staffing resources as well as IT resources,” said Sundstrom. “Collection agencies typically can assist them by making their jobs easier with our IT resources and adequate staffing. Also, patience is what comes to mind. It isn’t always a very fast paced type of client but once established tends to be extremely loyal and a pleasure to work with.” Among the unique aspects of municipal collections, many aspects are the same. Despite municipal clients generally maintaining all the necessary paperwork and information, the hindrance of a lack of the information will still occasionally rear its head according to Sundstrom. The difficulty of collection is only amplified when a client does not .com

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require indentifying information such as a social security number. When conversing with a consumer the collection agency’s reputation is on the line. The effects of a collection call are especially important when working for a municipal client. Hurting the reputation of a city can leave some lasting damage on the city and the collection agency as well. “I think the worst thing an agency could do is not be aware of the fact you are collecting from the citizens of any given city,” said Sundstrom. “Customer service and public relations are very important to our municipal clients. You can guarantee failure by mistreating the citizens or by not providing excellent customer service.” The journey of a thousand miles

begins with one single step. So is the philosophy of incorporating municipal accounts into an agency’s portfolio. The key is to eliminate as many unknowns as possible by taking advantage of what the collection professionals do know; the area they are in for example. “Start with what you know,” said Sundstrom. “Our first city client, Visalia, California, is where our headquarters is located. Beyond that, be prepared to be flexible and provide excellent customer service. It really isn’t that different than any other debt that is owed.”

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ehind every collection call is a person. This person, much like the consumer, has a fascinating personality, hobbies and a story. Joseph I. Terkell, Esq. of The Terkell Law Firm is plentiful on all three counts. Terkell explains how rock and roll, Coney Island carnival games and chance encounter with a friend changed his life and made him a debt collection lawyer.

Music Captivation

Even as a very small child, I can remember always loving music. My father would lovingly place his Nat King Cole, Perry Como or Frankie Joseph I. Terkell, Esq. Laine LP’s on the turntable and derive great pleasure from enjoying his music with him. Later on, as I was coming of age in the late ‘60s, music was truly king and its rock icons were like gods to the Woodstock Nation. I was by no means immune to their captivation, and, as a sixteen year old kid without a car, I managed to hitchhike as far as Monticello, New York, in my quest to reach the iconic music festival. I had the unique privilege of being able to see my idols, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and scores more on the stage of The Fillmore East, in the heyday of rock impresario, Bill Graham. I set the bar very high indeed in seeking to emulate those musical giants. Sadly it is highly unlikely I will ever attain the level of genius on the guitar I was so privileged to bear witness to, but I have fun trying. Until such improbable time as I achieve that enlightened plateau of

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guitardom, I remain a collection attorney activities as in the afternoon, but with fireworks above the boardwalk and roand a guitar collector. Much as my love for music has al- mance below. ways drawn me from a very early age, the same cannot be said for the practice of law in the collection arena. I have known Between the sunny days and the sultry many collection attorneys in my 35 years nights there was as sort of eerie quietude of practice, and I do not remember even when the throngs of day trippers went a single one of them ever having uttered home, and most everyone else was elsethe words, “I always wanted to be a col- where having dinner. It was at this time lection attorney, and finally, my dream of day that my friend Bobbie would come has come true!” The truth be told, I never “down below” to walk his dog after reeven aspired to be an attorney at all and turning from his job and visit my partonly became a member of the bar through ner and I. Bobbie showed up one day, a happenstance. and asked if Louie and I would like to Having grown up in Coney Island, I found myself managing a block of group games in the amusement park after graduating college. Frankly, I found it to be quite invigorating working outdoors in the salty ocean air with the many, many people there to have a good time. The hours were long, but we did have a very good time! During the sunny summer days throngs of beachgoers crowded the midway to go on the rides, play the games as well as eat hotdogs and french-fries while drinking soda, beer and the ilk. When night fell, the crowds grew even more populous, and the people were wall-to-wall and elbowto-elbow. More of the same Terkell jamming on his Gretsch White Falcon.

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“Creditors and the collection community are overwhelmingly comprised of honest and generally nice people.” join him in taking a law school admission test preparatory course. We, in unison, told him to go away; but he did not. Instead he came back every evening coaxing and cajoling us with entreaties as to how much fun it would be. A week or two went by, and one day, Bobbie rolled up in his brand new convertible Corvette Stingray. He added to his otherwise persuasive inveigling, that we could drive to the course in the Corvette, and go out cavorting afterwards. Louie never capitulated, but finally Bobbie wore me down, and the two of us took the law school admission test preparatory course, and ultimately the test itself. I have always done very well on standardized tests, especially the non-subject specific logic based exams. If there was a scholarship to be won, I usually was able to take away the prize. Unfortunately, Bobbie was not similarly blessed with this natural acumen for test taking. Long story short, I did very well on the test but Bobbie, not so much. Bobbie was devastated by this denial of his dream to become a lawyer and we did not see him too much for a while. June melted into July, and Bobbie reappeared one evening, inquiring as to which law schools I had applied. I replied I had not applied anywhere at all. Bobbie went ballistic! He could not believe that I was being granted the singular opportunity he so craved and I was throwing it all away. He was not going to have any part of that scenario. A day or two later Bobbie once again appeared, but this time armed with an admission application to New York Law School. He was quite agitated that all of the other New York law schools had already closed admissions, and this was the only school left with rolling admissions. Not to be denied a small part in the process of his fading dream, Bobbie had me fill out that admission form right there on the counter of Sid’s All Night You Deal Electronic Poker Game. Making it clear I was not to be trusted with the .com

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task, he took the completed application and promised to mail it in the morning. The summer idyllically sweltered along, with scant little more thought afforded Bobbie’s vision until I received a call down at the games from my mother who advised me I had been accepted to law school. Talk about culture shock! Almost overnight, I went from carousing on the Bowery, to cramming in the law library. Somehow, I turned my life around overnight, and reinvented myself. There can be no denying I loved the free-wheeling life in Coney Island, but my odds at longevity greatly increased that fateful day Bobbie shared his dream with me. I decided if I was going to do this thing, I was going to go whole hog. I went to both summer school sessions between the regular school years, and graduated in two and a half years. While all of this was transpiring, my sister’s best friend married a prominent collection attorney in Manhattan. He gave me my first clerking job in a law firm. As time progressed, my sister’s husband (also an attorney) and her friend’s husband became fast friends and ultimately partners in a legal collection practice. As I was racing through law school and clerking at the firm the partners offered me my first job as an attorney. Partners came and went, and eventually I became a partner myself. Now, 35 years later, I stand before you with my own collection law firm. This is what I know how to do, and I would like to think that I do it well. I could still shill at Coney Island along with the best, but that is ancient history now.

Legal Collections Practice

Changing gears just a bit now, to address the actual collection practices and the challenges faced in an increasingly hostile environment, I have become somewhat disheartened with the level of animus with which we in the industry are treated and perceived. It is not news to anyone the collection industry is the unloved

stepchild of the greater business and legal community. That is, of course, until someone needs our help in collecting their hard-earned receivables. Even then, we sometimes get no respect. Clients keep pressuring forwarders for lower and lower rates, and forwarders, in turn, have to pass the pain along to the collection attorneys. Some time ago I was commencing a trial in a very hard and long fought collection litigation when my client whispered to me in court they had continued

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which albums would you take? Joseph I. Terkell would take: Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Revolver The Beatles Music for All Occasions The Mavericks Johnny Winter Johnny Winter Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Europe '72 Grateful Dead

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“These are hardworking souls trying to do the right thing without trampling upon others’ dignity. I count myself amongst that lot, and for that reason I can proudly profess to be a collection attorney. “ to do business with the debtor/defendant through the entire course of the case and wished to discontinue the action as well as exchange release without any recovery whatsoever. Dumbfounded, I inquired why would they even consider such a proposition after such a hard fought battle. The response I received was profound, and I have never forgotten it: “Sales is the tail that wags the dog!”

Honorable and Worthwhile

We operate within the space afforded us by our clients, and our collective job is to keep them happy and to try to make a living in the process. Although we may be held in low regard by the general public, I believe creditors and the collection community are overwhelmingly comprised of honest and generally nice people. Creditors do not simply invent debt that does not exist for the diabolical purpose of pursuing innocent strangers. Likewise, no collection attorney I know would ever pursue litigation against someone whom they felt was not a legitimate debtor. There are a few bad apples in every barrel, but I find that, overwhelmingly, the collection professionals I deal and associate with are decent, nice people with true moral compasses. These are hardworking souls trying to do the right thing without trampling upon others’ dignity. I count myself amongst that lot, and for that reason I can proudly profess to be a collection attorney. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I know we are part of an honorable and worthwhile undertaking that, in the end, champions the rights of the righteous whom have been taken advantage of many times by those of far weaker moral fabric. Even when it is abundantly clear that such is the case in a particular instance, I do my utmost to treat these people with dignity and respect, even when they have proven they are not worthy of it. Although much of the day-to-day

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operation of a collection practice occurs almost on automatic pilot, that is certainly not always the case. I am currently handling a case in which one brother is suing the other for hundreds of thousands of dollars, which are being shielded through layer upon layer of corporations and limited liability companies. Selecting the proper avenue for convincing the court it is appropriate to disregard these legal entities and pierce the corporate veil, is by no means a routine affair. Likewise, obtaining temporary restraining orders against these companies without exposing the client (and my firm) to liability in the process can be a delicate maneuver.

Terkell on his Kawasaki Vulcan Classic.

The need for a practicing collection attorney to continue his or her ongoing legal education cannot be overstated. Although I personally feel NARCA and the Commercial Law League of America have in large part abandoned their core values of servicing the small to mid-sized collection firm, they continue to remain a good source for obtaining necessary continuing legal education, and staying abreast of legislation and seminal court rulings which affect our day-to-day practice. Likewise, it is important that the collection practice is bolstered by an

appropriate modicum of technology, balancing cost with return on investment. My firm has found that Simplicity Software makes good sense for us in managing our files. We turn to Tracers, TLO and LexisNexis for assistance in locating debtors and their assets, and to the later for legal citation support as well.

Motorcycle Flying

Although the collection practice could easily consume every wakeful minute of my life (and some sleeping minutes as well), when I am finished working hard, I try to find a little time to play hard as well. David Crosby (Crosby, Stills, Nash and The Byrds) has stated that one cannot be at home on the guitar until they have played a minimum of 20,000 hours. I do not believe I have achieved that threshold yet, but I keep plugging (and plucking) away. When I finally have ‘got blisters on my fingers, I find freedom in riding my motorcycle. It is more like flying than actual flying because you are right out there amongst the elements and rapidly changing scenery. The wind in your face, tinged with the element of fear and danger is totally exhilarating. You are out there alone achieving a Zen-like experience without staying still in a seated lotus position. My quadruple spinal fusion keeps me from going as far and as long as I might otherwise like to but I do manage to find country roads that take me right through Norman Rockwell’s America. I am blessed to live rather close to Harriman State Park, which is always a lovely venue for a day trip. You could go on the same route in your car, but so much of the sights, sounds, smells and feel are overlooked when you are in your climate controlled stereophonic bubble. My regular riding buddy keeps trying to convince me to go to the Laconia Motorcycle Rally in New Hampshire. My spinal issues have prevented me from going in the past. Perhaps it will happen this spring; but for right now, it is back to the practice of collection law! May/June 2016

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UTILITY COLLECTORS MUST CHANGE WITH THE WEATHER BY JOSHUA FLUEGEL

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he debt collection process is influenced by multiple factors such as regulation and consumer trends. Utility debt collection is further complicated by regional rules due to weather patterns and other factors unique to the field. Such volatility means day-to-day processes must possess the ability to adapt at the drop of a thermometer. “There are heating and cooling moratoriums during which time a consumer cannot be disconnected for non-payment,” said Karen Jonas, vice president national accounts – Utilities at Karen Jonas I.C. System. “Generally, it is the utility’s responsibility to monitor, but collection agencies have to understand the impact and accommodate these. You really have to be able to change as fast as the weather. A good collection agency partner will be adaptable in tough or unforeseen situations by stopping the collection process to those affected areas, of course always in collaboration with their utility client. “Profitability is a genuine challenge with utilities portfolios that are impacted by weather events. An agency with direct, relevant experience dealing with these events can make a difference in maintaining a long, mutually beneficial partnership between the utility and a collection agency.” Other challenges specific to utility collections are no more predictable than the weather but slightly closer to the norm of collection challenges. “Utilities collection projects bring unique challenges - including managing inconsistent placement volume due to client moratoriums, communicating reconnect requirements, linking new charges to existing accounts, and data sharing inconsistencies,” said Jonas. “While not all of these elements are specific to utility .com

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collections, in aggregate, they increase the complexity of utility portfolios.” Given the number of moving parts in utility collections, special tools must be used. Not only does it seem these new tools are being implemented on the collection agency’s end but recently have been implemented on the utility client’s end as well. “We are seeing a trend of utility clients implementing new structures and processes to manage their collection agency partners,” said Jonas. “Many are utilizing middleware vendors to help meet the needs of increasingly complex projects. Some examples include requirements for more organized and granular debt segmentation (primes, seconds, tertiary, etc.), submission strategies and requirements for champion/challenger competition among their vendors.” There are several lynch pin items that if not properly addressed could guarantee failure in utility collections. Lacking an understanding of how to handle grace periods, government assistance and moratoriums can cause considerable damage to collection efforts according to Jonas. Relationships with clients and proper handling of their brand are also worth great consideration. “Failure could also be guaranteed if the agency does not pay heed to brand sensitivity,” said Jonas. “A zero-complaint policy is critical to maintaining a great relationship with your utility client. Most recently, this includes understanding how to be compliant with TCPA legislation.” Advances in technology, while generally good, do slowly give way to gaps between various clients and agencies depending on the age of the tools they use.

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COLLECTION SOFTWARE HELPS SMALL OFFICES REMAIN COMPLIANT

BY JOSHUA FLUEGEL

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he compliance demands of regulators continue to grow in today’s collection environment. Unfortunately the number of accounts and average amount of each is not increasing at an equal rate. This disproportion creates a great deal of strain on small collection offices. The leveraging of collection software can help reduce staff size, improve organization and keep collection efforts safe from violation. The alphabet soup of compliance creates quite a list of requirements for collection software. Fortunately, today’s software solutions can be altered accordingly. According to CDS Software, today’s software can alert collectors that it is too early, or too late, in the day to contact a consumer to perform collection activity and automatically generate a validation notice within five days of verbal contact. As valuable as the human element is to collections, the propensity for error must be limited by an agency’s software solution. “With high demand for strict compliCarl Briganti ance in today’s regulatory environment, software companies must strive to create an ARM and collections platform that engenders virtually 100% compliance by leveraging technology that limits the human factor of compliance failure,” said Carl Briganti, CEO of Collection Solution Software. “By implementing point-in-time compliance workflow technology can mitigate a breach in compliance by evaluating current account conditions at point of interaction, i.e. attorney on file, existing bankruptcy, statute of limitations or state compliance contacts being met.”

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Software not only helps reduce error it can also act as extra helping hands to assure work flows smoothly through the day. “Collection agencies can use the Fritz Schulze new technologies to assist their compliance efforts because the software can be set so that state-of-theart processes are automated and become part of the agency’s regular workflow,” said Fritz Schulze, founder and owner of Comtech Systems. “Taking the time to create effective contact plans and other automations allows operators to work confidently, with the knowledge that the software system is safeguarding their company’s compliance.” A symbiotic relationship must be developed between an agency and the software vendor as the two are legally bound to one another in the eyes of regulators. R. Fred Houston “Software providers who are continually reviewing new regulatory requirements, performing self-audits, and implementing changes to their solutions will help keep the small office agencies in a competitive position,” said R. Fred Houston, president and CEO of Columbia Ultimate. “These smaller offices typically don’t have a lot of resources, so it is critical that their chosen software platform follow best practices and support them in staying current.” Unfortunately compliance cannot be achieved with the mere flick of a switch. Every aspect of the collection process must be inspected by both the collection professional and the vendor for outlying details. “The current regulatory environ-

ment is a strong force in our industry,” said Lex Patterson, president of DAKCS. “The question becomes ‘How do businesses with limited budgets and resources Lex Patterson minimize the risk of non-compliance?’ For us, the devil is in the details. To that end, we believe in building partnerships with various compliance solutions, and creating open integration paths.” The tracking of complaints, another important aspect of compliance, can also be made more manageable by collection software. “Features such as complaint Tony LaMagna management and tracking allow small offices to track, analyze and resolve concerns without additional products or interfaces,” said Tony LaMagna, Continued on page 25

SMALL OFFICE SOFTWARE PRODUCTS Beyond Bloodhound Collect! Collection Partner CollectOne Collector Express Debt$Net Power IMPACT! HD™ 2.0 WebAR

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SMALL OFFICE COLLECTION COMPARISON CHART Roydan

Comtech Systems

Hubbard Systems

CDS Software

Columbia Ultimate

The Computer Manager

CSS Impact

InterProse

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Partial

Yes

No

Automated faxing

No

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Designs custom reports on operator level

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Online, real-time coaching

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

No

Accesses vendor services automatically

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Goals feedback in real-time

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

CHUI environment

No

No

No

Yes

N/A

Yes

No

Yes

No

Secure and customizable remote Web access for debtors

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes - Optional

Yes

Yes

Yes

Champion-challenger tools

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes - Optional

Yes

Yes

Yes

Application development studio

Yes

No

Yes

No

No

No

No

Yes

Yes

Integration with Crystal Reports

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes with ODBC

Yes

Yes

No

User-defined balance buckets

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

User-defined payment types

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Beyond

Bloodhound

Collect!

Collection Partner

CollectOne

Collector Express

Trust accounting

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

User-defined collection tasks

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Beyond

Bloodhound

Collect!

Collection Partner

CollectOne

Collector Express

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Both

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Both

Yes

Both

Beyond

Bloodhound

Collect!

Collection Partner

CollectOne

Collector Express

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

GENERAL FUNCTIONALITY Customized formatting of statements Recommends goals and scripts for collection calls

AGENCY FUNCTIONALITY

RECOVERY FUNCTIONALITY Asset sales Metro2 reporting on post-charge-off Recovery management statistics and reports Repossession tracking Bankruptcy/deceased management Work by accounts or people (person vs. account-centric)

PRE-CHARGE-OFF FUNCTIONALITY Assigns disputes/deduction codes

DAKCS Software

Debt$Net IMPACT! HD™ Power 2.0

Debt$Net IMPACT! HD™ Power 2.0

Debt$Net IMPACT! HD™ Power 2.0

WebAR

WebAR

WebAR

Identifies and tracks problem invoices Coded problems separate from other receivables

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Customer and invoice-level

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Electronically reproduces/ transmits invoices

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Information on this table is derived from information posted on the Internet and direct questions. The company is the ultimate source and should be contacted directly. All vendors listed also feature: GENERAL FUNCTIONALITY: Work grouped by time zone and collection stage; Sub-clients for a master client; Sub-clients consolidated with the master client to produce a consolidated statement; Related accounts across clients (or sub-clients); Related accounts viewed simultaneously; Individual clients be set up as either gross or net remittance clients; Tracks multiple internal & external contact names/numbers; Integrates with e-mail; Offers automated phone dialing; Monitors individual collector performance, multiple location and database functionality; Ability to generate an individual status report for an account (or linked accounts); Collector alerts, Userdefinable collector/user interface; User-definable client access interfaces; Built-in collection agency templates; and User-defined account matching criteria. RECOVERY FUNCTIONALITY: Pre charge-off collections and recovery; Agency/attorney management; system of record or non-system of record functionality; Standard host interface formats; and Standard agency/attorney/buyer formats.

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Who Ya Gonna’ Call? Selecting the top collection products this year was harder than any other year. Therefore, this is indeed a stellar group. Several companies were nominated. Those nominated had to pass several hurdles. The criteria focused on who is seriously committed to providing quality collection services. Over 15 years I have seen hundreds of companies come and go. Therefore, anyone nominated had to have experience in serving collectors and have reference accounts. Nominees also needed to be responsive, first by email and then by phone call. An important hurdle is: who is dedicated to quality? For example, when I am having quality issues with my critical service providers, I would rather my current vendor fix the issues rather than change vendors. If they cannot, I raise the issue to a higher level in hopes of finding someone who can solve my problems.

Payment Processing Solutions APS Powered by Payscout 800-482-4561 | apsofga.com APS has offered merchant payment processing solutions to the receivables management industry for over 10 years, serving more than 700 partners and businesses. Services include credit, debit, and Health Savings Account card acceptance, ACH and check conversion. Web payment options range from a standalone portal to secure Reg. E compliance solutions.

PayStream Applied Innovation, Inc. 800-589-5651 | appliedinnovationinc.com PayStream offers two consumer payment portals and live collector portal. Advanced algorithms ensure maximum collections. PIF, SIF, recurring and single payments. Compliance is never an issue with identity authentication, customized legal language and notifications. Administrative tools include transactional reporting, calendar of payments and more. PayStreamZ is a consumer-funded payment portal.

PaymentVision Autoscribe Corporation 800-345-7243 | paymentvision.com PaymentVision offers a PCI-certified payment gateway that helps businesses accept electronic payments via their own call center, automated phone systems, web, or integrated software payment API. The system is settlement agnostic meaning it can settle with almost any acquirer.

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Sometimes that is the VP of operations, sometimes it is the president. Solving problems for collectors is more critical. If a compliance issue exists, who ya gonna call? If you cannot process credit card payments, who ya gonna call? If the data you are provided or the analytics or the mail provider is not really providing the promised 40% more right-party contacts, who ya gonna call? More importantly, are they going to call you back? After personally calling most of the Top Product vendors listed here, I experienced what collection professionals may experience if they have problems and need to talk to someone about quality. It is therefore best to know with whom you are dealing and the actual person ultimately responsible. Being selected for the Top Products of 2016 also tells a great deal about the companies who were not selected. Collections does not have the luxury of existing in a shadowy world. Full disclosure and transparency creates a strong collection company. A collection company vendor should adhere to the same level of responsibility.

Payrazr Marketplace BillingTree 877-424-5587 | payrazr.com Payrazr Marketplace offers customers a simplification of the billing and receivables process. It delivers integration and point-and-click simplicity. Solutions include payment portals, IVR payment solutions, virtual terminals, secure payment gateways to reduce time-outs, virtual agents, online billing, and mobile solutions. The product is also able to process medical savings accounts for medical accounts.

Castel Connects Castel Communications, LLC 716-932-3040 | castel.com Castel Connects’® Predictive Dialer features a patented algorithm supporting low wait times and abandon rates, the ability to switch to manual or predictive immediately as restrictions dictate and move agents within campaigns and queues to automatically distribute workload across campaigns and queues. When compliance auditors arrive, an agency is able to show how a collector deals with a situation.

CollectOne CDS Software 888-816-3333 | collectone.com CollectOne is designed for the ARM industry handling first and third party debt and features a Legal Module for judgments. CollectOne offers standard functionality necessary for collections, such as credit reporting and credit report requesting capability and interfaces with various third party dialers, skip tracing and real-time payment processing services.


IMPACT! HD 2.0 CSS, Inc. 818-593-4830 | cssimpact.com The IMPACT! HD™ 2.0 Collections & Compliance Platform offers cloud-based & on premise solutions for enterprise organizations within 15+ markets including collections, debt purchasing, portfolio + vendor management, healthcare, finance, education, manufacturing, retail, hospitality industries, military, state, and local government.

Ajility Columbia Ultimate 800-488-4420 | columbiaultimate.com Ajility has real-time workflows and built-in business analytics. In addition to agency solutions it has several different modules for first party including banks, retailers, government, public sector and student loans. Product options include UltimateContacts, UltimateAnalytics, UltimateFind and CollectorPlus (for up to 25 seats).

Document Locator ColumbiaSoft 800-298-1172 | documentlocator.com Document Locator is document management software for collection agencies that reduces risk in compliance and makes possible paperless operations throughout the organization. It combines Windows-integration Web and Mobile access. Workflow, eForms, full-text search and versioning are included. Every document is managed according to policies of the agency. The audit log records every action.

Collect! Comtech Systems 800-661-6722 | collect.org Collect! combines ease of use with total integration of functions. Accounts are efficiently tracked from the time you received until activity is concluded and they are closed. Collect! keeps track of critical information automatically. Total integration provides for seamless and accurate month end statements with full account histories.

Debtmaster Comtronic Systems 800-414-2814 | debtmaster.com Comtronic Systems specializes in developing collection technology that integrates software, telephony and web access. Debtmaster allows increased compliance control with an added compliance analytics tool to investigate problem areas for the acting compliance officer.

State Licensing Cornerstone Support, Inc. 888-445-8660 | cornerstonesupport.com Cornerstone Support has provided strategic licensing services, commercial insurance and expertise to the ARM industry for nearly two decades. Available services include state registration, initial licensing, ongoing renewals, registered agents, resident managers, surety bonds, E&O, and other commercial insurance solutions.

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Beyond ARM DAKCS Software 800-873-2527 | dakcs.com Beyond Accounts Receivable Management (ARM) Software is DAKCS’ flexible integrated cloud or onpremise based collection software solution that empowers collections with the necessary tools to perform various business functions, leverage AR/consumer and client communication, and effectively manage collection and ARM needs.

TxtaCheck EFT Network, Inc. 800-492-2794 | txtacheck.com EFT Network provides TxtaCheck, a real-time electronic check processing solution.  Obtaining actual digital signatures from consumers, along with authentication and authorization; TxtaCheck is an effective way to reduce un-authorized returns. Merchants can accept checks with TxtaCheck to create a virtual check acceptance process, with no underwriting.

FICO Debt Manager | Solution FICO 408-535-1500 | fico.com FICO® Debt Manager™ is an ARM solution for first and third party government collections designed to address today’s complex economic and regulatory challenges. The solution is configurable to a variety of business requirements, including collections, recovery, debt sale, vendor management, bankruptcy, repossession and asset remarketing.

Collection Partner Hubbard Systems, Inc. 800-933-7995 | hubbardsystems.com Collection Partner® is a debt collection software with an industry specific accounting solution. Hundreds of customizable interfaces are offered ranging from simple spreadsheet imports/exports to full-blown collection network management. Collection Partner® has complete audit trails if a forwarder wants to know where their dollars are going.

idiCORE IDI, Inc. 561-757-4000 | ididata.com idiCORE for Collections represents a next generation skip tracing solution. Designed to provide industry leading right party contact information, idiCORE delivers otherwise unattainable insight into consumers through better data analytics and advanced linking technology.

Lariat Collections Platform Lariat Software 877-268-6667 | lariatsoftware.com Lariat Collections Platform is a solution for collection on a web-based collection platform that services all stages of collections. The database handles multiple debts, items to meet HIPAA requirements. Collectors can send one letter with each debt enumerated in a grid rather than several letters or worse, all debts accumulated in one letter. Continued on page 24

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Accurint for Collections LexisNexis 888-332-8244 | lexisnexis.com Accurint® for Collections: Contact and Locate workflow delivers search tools that streamline skip trace efforts to pinpoint right-party contacts. Accurint® features searches and links to critical consumer details by helping to quickly find people and businesses. It is also able to separate contact, locate and decisioning data.

LocateSmarter Madison Wyatt 888-254-5501 | locatesmarter.com LocateSmarter offers data products such as phone append and cell/VoIP identification. Consumer data is obtained by providing customizable waterfalls and scrubs for cell numbers or litigious consumers.

Suite of Collection Tools MicroBilt Corporation 800-884-4747 | microbilt.com MicroBilt has an extensive selection of skip tracing tools that include banking and employment data, address, phone and bankruptcy, neighbors, relatives and associates. Uniquely positioned as the country’s largest alternative credit bureau, MicroBilt also offers asset searches and verified POE and Bank products.

Pamar Collection Systems Pamar Systems, Inc. 800-727-2627 | pamarsystems.com Pamar Systems has provided collection software since 1980. The receivable industry products are server based, or hosted reports to all credit bureaus. Clients may use a SSH and install the software from a remote location, even on a laptop.

Electronic Payment Processing Payment Savvy LLC 866-303-2558 | mypaymentsavvy.com Payment Savvy is a payment processing company that specializes in collections with automated payments and regulation compliance. The convenience fee and loan product provide distinctive features.

PCI Collection Letters PCI Group 803-578-7700 | pcigroup.com PCI Group’s collection letter services includes TrakPCI which can track letters from PCI’s facility to the debtor’s door, discover when remit payment is on its way, monitor letter volume and return mail records. Also provided is notification of PDF letter delivery.

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Payment Processing & Digital Signatures PDCflow 877-732-4814 | pdcflow.com PDCflow is an online Payment portal and eSignature Software designed to provide consumers a secure and easy method to pay their bills. PDCflow treats electronic signatures with the same security as credit cards. It is also able to accept payment and a recurring payment using the eSignature product in compliance with regulation E.

PDJ Services 1st Source Investigations, Inc. 800-298-1153 | pdjservices.com PDJ Services offers 100% verified accurate information for unlisted phones, cellular phone, people locates and bank & employment locates.

Multi-Channel Communication Solutions RevSpring 248-567-7300 | revspringinc.com RevSpring delivers consumer-centric, multi-channel communications including email, text messaging, inbound IVR, self-service portal and electronic signatures in addition to mail services. RevSpring recently invested in additional state-of-the-art dynamic color printers. This additional technology and capacity provides dynamic color documents in RevSpring’s East, Midwest and West regional production facilities.

Bloodhound Software ROYDAN Enterprises, Ltd. 800-236-6906 | roydan.com Bloodhound® Software is designed to automate collection workflow with integrated dialing services and web access. All data in one place and updated in real-time prevents compliance issues. Format for skip trace data can work with any system. Advanced Payment Systems, EFT Network and PDCflow are built in for immediate payment verification.

Platform 3 TCN, Inc. 866-745-1900 | tcnp3.com TCN’s blended IVR capabilities allow for simple or sophisticated design to handle each call using call recordings, menu selection or pass through methods; routing calls to the appropriate blended agent. This is accomplished using intuitive templates and call flows. This cloud-based IVR supports sub-second voice response, screen pop and answering machine detection.

Debt$Net Collection Software The Computer Manager, Inc. 800-552-8397 | debtnet5.com Since 1987, Debt$Net® has provided Collection Software for collection agencies, law firms and in-house collection departments. The software which satisfies the collection requirements for companies specializing in retail, commercial, medical, check and receivables management collections. An imported CFPB complaint file identifies types of consumer complaints. May/June 2016

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800-360-5601 | ustracers.com CollectBOOST provides proprietary Place of Employment, banking, address, wireless and landline phone, associates, email, and vehicle information. Used for garnishments, levies, skip tracing, collections, pre-litigation due diligence, scoring, and portfolio valuation by banks, debt buyers, collection agencies, and finance companies.

Payroll Promise VeriFacts, Inc. 800-542-7434 | verifactsinc.com Payroll Promise is designed to support a legal strategy by locating verified full time places of employment. The information returned is 100% guaranteed to be accurate.

Outbound Engagement Center Genesys Artiva RM Ontario Systems CLEAR Thomson Reuters CollectMax JST First Search Equifax AdvantEdge Accelerated Data Systems PaidSuite PaidSuite Virtual Agent Collector The InterProse Corporation

DirectDrop Voicemail VoApps 855-737-1596 | voapps.com VoApps provides patented voicemail solutions to reach mobile voicemail boxes. DirectDrop Voicemail delivers a voice message directly to a consumer’s voicemail server – without dialing or calling the phone in question – allowing call centers to respond to inbound follow-up calls based on the message delivered.  Over 100 million messages have been successfully delivered to mobile users.

RMEx (Receivables Management Expert) Quantrax Corporation Print and Mail Processing Renkim Corporation This article is continued on www.CollectionAdvisor.com.

“Compliance is a real day-to-day concern.”

Collection Software Helps Small Offices

Continued from page 20 partner at Debt$Net Collection Software. “Software can import description of the type of complaint from the CFPB website and identify if the customer has filed a complaint.” The battle for compliance never seems to end as some collection professionals option to add on to or customize their software to meet changing needs. “Collection software takes on both proactive and responsive measures to meet the laws and regulations,” said Margaret Hubbard, president of Hubbard Systems. “Companies are client-driven, in order Margaret Hubbard to compete in this evolving environment focused on compliance with all of the consumer financial protection laws. There are six of these laws related to debt collections, and each has in some way impacted the functionality of collections software. There are always add-ons available, such as repositories for call monitoring and complaints.” As compliance is something that must be practiced and trained, software has adapted as well and helps collection professionals in this endeavor. “Compliance is a real day-today concern,” said Matthew Hill, president and CEO of The .com

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InterProse Corporation. “Developers can be instrumental in creating a working environment for their collection team that keeps them safe. Our customers typically invest thousands of dollars in training their collection team members about compliance and best practices. It would only be logical for the software, Matthew Hill that is at core of their enterprise, to support that training and help keep the collection team members from stepping on a compliance ‘landmine’ by making sure compliance rules are an integral part of the application.” The compliance demands of regulators have come a long way and, accordingly, so has collection software. It is part of a never-ending cycle of adjustment to which collection professionals must adhere to with the help of technology. “Remember the days when we sent the first notice on a post card,” asked Dan Hornung, president of ROYDAN? “Even though regulations are intended to improve and protect the consumer’s position, in the collection business we all know the letter of the law often has unintended consequences. The challenge for software providers is to find creative strategies that solve these regulatory challenges in a cost effective manner, one that allows the customer to compete effectively in an ever-changing business environment.”

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Comtronic Systems® Debtmaster debtmaster.com sales@comtronic.com For 35 years, Comtronic Systems® has delivered the industry’s most complete collections solution, from collector workflow management with Debtmaster to integrated collections telephone with CallThru®.

Collection Software continued DAKCS Software Systems Beyond ARM dakcs.com sales@dakcs.com 800-873-2527 For over 35 years, DAKCS Software has remained an industry leader in simplifying the process of accounts receivable management and debt collection software by creating integrated, innovative cloud and onpremise solutions. By leveraging our powerful Beyond ARM and QwikSolve | Enterprise Suite software applications, DAKCS provides the necessary tools designed for success in the ARM industry.

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Cornerstone Support State Licensing and E&O Insurance cornerstonesupport.com info@cornerstonesupport.com 888-445-8660 Cornerstone Support is the premier licensing and insurance provider to the collection industry; professionally trained to assist you with all of your state licensing needs.

IDI, Inc. idiCORE ididata.com sales@ididata.com 855-842-1410 Trusted for over a decade by collection agencies and collection attorneys. IDI provides fast, accurate and cost-effective consumer verification and skip-tracing solutions via online, API, and batch processing. Reduce Cost, Not Quality.

VoApps DirectDrop Voicemail voapps.com sales@voapps.com 855-737-1596 VoApp’s patented DirectDrop Voicemail service delivers a voice message directly to a consumer’s voicemail server – without calling the phone in question.

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions LexisNexis® Accurint ® for Collections lexisnexis.com/risk/receivables-management 866-528-0780 LexisNexis collections solutions assist debt recovery professionals with increasing workflow efficiencies, greater insight into debt portfolios, collecting more in less time and achieving greater profitability.

Electronic Payments Advanced Payment Systems Credit Card & Check Processing Merchant Services apsofga.com jennifer@apsofga.com 800-482-4561 APS provides a full range of electronic payment solutions, including credit, debit & HSA cards, check, and ACH transactions, along with multiple software integration options, web payment portals, and the IKEY Product Suite with the attorney endorsed Reg E compliance solution. EFT Network, Inc. TxtaCheck eftnetwork.com 800-492-2794 EFT Network has launched the industry’s first electronic payment strategy that does not require underwriting or risk. Contact for more information about TxtaCheck.

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