FTC Settles with Debt Collector for $1 million in its First Text Messaging Case

A Glendale, Calif. debt collector will pay $1 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the defendants violated federal law. This is the first FTC action against a debt collector who used text messaging to attempt to collect debts in an unlawful manner. The FTC alleged that Archie Donovan and two companies he controls — National Attorney Collection Services, Inc. and National Attorney Services LLC — used English- and Spanish-language text messages and phone calls in which they unlawfully failed to disclose that they were debt collectors. <more>