Submission Number: 00103
Received: 11/28/2010 2:13:23 PM
Commenter: Ann C. McGill
Agency: Federal Trade Commission
Initiative: Statement of Policy Regarding Communications in Connection with Collection of a Decedent’s Debt; Project No. P104806
Attachments: No Attachments
Because my husband has a common first and last name, we have been subjected to a slew of people trying to collect debt that is not ours and we were in no way responsible for. I have already had a funeral director in Medina Ohio, attempt to get us to pay for his burial of another man by the same name (we live in Brunswick). Please stop catering to industry and realize that there are real people, innocent people, who are being harrassed by bill collection agenies, falsely claiming they owe debt.
To allow these people to continue with uncontrolled badgering, by adding to the number of people they can contact, will not solve any problem. To allow this at a time when people are most vulnerable is to be without a conscience. Have you ever lost a family member? If so you know the amount of badgering the death industry already does. (Ex: how can you let your loved one be buried in such a cheap coffin, etc. etc.) Why do the funeral directors do this? because they know people's resistance is low because they are hurting. You are going to add to every families nightmare.
I am not resposible for your debt, even if we have the same last name, just because the debt industry wants me to pay. To give them "permission" to badger me to do just that is not what my government should be doing. I do not have funds to lobby for the average man, Industry does. Please examine your priorities.