When you're deep in debt, you may be afraid to answer the phone for fear that it's another debt collector. But if these calls have reached the point of harassment, there are legal options you can use to protect yourself. Carmen Wong Ulrich explains the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and how it could help you stop the constant calls.
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