Buffalo becomes ‘ground zero’ for abusive debt collectors


By now, the horror stories are well-documented. Tales of vulnerable victims, thousands of them, many of them elderly, coerced or deceived into paying big money for the promise of an even bigger pot of gold down the road.

It was the early 1990s and Buffalo, unbeknownst to most people, had become a hotbed of unscrupulous telemarketers.

Fifteen years later, the stories of threats, harassment and deception are back. But this time, it’s a new cottage industry – debt collectors. And they are giving Buffalo a reputation any Chamber of Commerce would like to ignore.