Washington Lawsuit Scrutinizes Use of Prosecutor’s Seal on Debt Collection Letters

A federal class action lawsuit in Seattle alleges that a collection agency used the King County prosecutor’s seals on debt collection letters to consumers, while failing to disclose that the letter was from a collection agency and not a law enforcement office. The plaintiffs say they received seemingly official letters from Bounceback; the letters included threats of “criminal charges,” “criminal prosecution” and jail time if consumers didn’t pay the amount of the debt and more than $180 in fees. <more>