Make that, unless they can send written, verifiable proof of debt and proof they can legally collect said debt, within five days of their first call to you.. you should ignore the call. Law-abiding, legitimate debt collection agencies have no problem mailing this documentation to you - only scammers have a problem obeying the FDCPA.
Agreed. The problem is---the laws which are in place to protect us are woefully antiquated and have not kept up with the explosion of technology, which these scamsters use to commit their crimes. All one can do is access a call blocking device and/or service to discourage them from calling. We subscribe to a call blocking service through our ISP, which automatically blocks selected numbers and basically tells these callers to GET LOST. After a while they finally give up and move on to another target.
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