Debt collectors love the dead. In Minneapolis, DCM Services (that’s “Deceased Collection Management”) specializes in shaking down grieving relatives for cash. Those relatives usually have no obligation to pay, but they often do, just to stop the collector from calling.
“Dead people are the newest frontier in debt collecting, and one of the healthiest parts of the industry” says the New York Times. DCM Services says it collects with the utmost sensitivity to the grieving human being on the other end of the line.
But, of course, it will not come right out and tell the innocent victims that they have no obligation to pay, and they will not stop calling.
The worst part?
DCM executives say some of the survivors not only gladly pay but write appreciative notes. They offered up a stack, with the names deleted, as proof.
One widow wrote that a collector “was so nice to me, even when I could only pay $5 a month a few times.” Saying that money was “so tight” after her husband died, she added: “It was very hard for me, and to get a job at my age. Thank you.”
You’re Dead? That Won’t Stop the Debt Collector | New York Times
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