[R]ecently, the Federal Trade Commission moved to shut down two California-based operators that handled collections nationally, including one that is accused of using tactics so egregious that they resemble scenes from a film noir script. [….]
The commission’s complaint offers two jaw-dropping examples. In one, the callers attempted to collect from a woman who was unable to pay the balance due for her daughter’s funeral. “During the calls, Rumson, Bolling & Associates told her they were going to dig her daughter up and hang her from a tree if she did not pay the debt,” the complaint says. Callers also threatened to eat her dog and even to kill her if she didn’t pay, the complaint says.
Another instance involved a woman who had fallen behind on her payments to a funeral home, after both of her sons died within a week of each other. The callers “asked how she would feel if her son’s body was dug up and dropped outside her door,” the complaint states.
Good on the Times for covering this, but remind me again what the film noir movie was where they dug up the body of someone whose mom fell behind on credit card payments.
(I don’t use this post title lightly — this is fucked up.)