Bad Paper: Inside the Secret World of Debt Collectors

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$12.81
UPC:
9781250076335
Maximum Purchase:
3 units
Publisher:
Picador; Reprint edition (October 13, 2015)
Binding:
Paperback
Pages:
256
Shipping Weight:
12.6 ounces
Language:
English
ASIN:
1250076331
Product Dimensions:
5.5 x 0.7 x 8.1 inches
ISBN-10:
9781250076335
ISBN-13:
978-1250076335
Author:
Jake Halpern

Product Overview

The book teems with eccentric characters and scenes that made my skin crawl.... Explained simply, read easily,Bad Paperdefies expectations. It should also raise quite a few alarms."-Colin Dwyer, NPRThe Federal Trade Commission receives more complaints about rogue debt collecting than it does about any activity besides identity theft. InBad Paper,journalist Jake Halpern reveals why. He tells the story of Aaron Siegel, a former banking executive, and Brandon Wilson, a former armed robber, who become partners and go in quest of "paper"-the uncollected debts that are sold off by banks for pennies on the dollar. As Aaron and Brandon learn, the world of consumer debt collection is an unregulated shadowland, where operators often make unwarranted threats and even collect debts that are not theirs.Introducing an unforgettable cast of characters, Halpern chronicles Aaron and Brandon's lives as they manage high-pressure call centers, hunt for paper in Las Vegas casinos, and meet in parked cars to sell the social security numbers and account information of unsuspecting consumers. The result is a vital expos on the cost of a system that compounds the troubles of hardworking Americans and an astonishing feat of storytelling.

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