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Opinion Summary of Selected Opinion 97-212

Date: 10/03/1997
Organization: Division of Banks
Docket Number: 97-212

This opinion was issued in the fourth quarter of 1997.

Directing payments from Massachusetts debtors to an out-of-state address and the use of an "800" number in collection letters

A collection agency that is an out-of-state corporation with out-of-state headquarters but has an office in Massachusetts may direct payments submitted from Massachusetts debtors to an out-of-state address, where the agency will continue to have an office in Massachusetts.

A collection agency must disclose its telephone number and office hours on all communication to the consumer debtor under 209 CMR 18.13. A collection agency may provide an "800" number on its collection letters to the extent that the "800" number provided will be responsive to a debtor's inquiries regarding debt and provide toll-free access to the information during all of the disclosed office hours.

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