Bill collectors using prosecutors' letterheads

Bill collectors using prosecutors' letterheads

Private check collection agencies are sending letters with county district attorneys' letterheads to scare Oregonians into paying for bounced check fees.

What these people don't know is that the letters don't actually come from the prosecutor's office.

They are sent by one of two private check collection companies that contract with district attorneys in Multnomah and at least three other Oregon counties -- Wasco, Deschutes, and Yamhill. Except for Multnomah County, the companies pay the prosecutor's office a fee or percentage for successful collections.

The letter recipients also don't realize it's extremely unlikely they would ever be prosecuted if they don't pay and take the course -- unless they wrote multiple bad checks or there is evidence of deliberate fraud, such as writing a check on a closed account.


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