I was at court this morning waiting for the judge to return to the bench to make a ruling. I overheard a debt collection attorney speaking with a debtor. The debtor was initially reserved and skeptical, which is good. The collection attorney was courteous and nice. He cracked a joke and the debtor relaxed. Then the collection attorney very nicely said, ” I just need to verify a few things to make sure this is actually your account.” The debtor said sure and then proceed to tell the collection attorney everything. Social security number, date of birth, employment etc. he gave the collection attorney everything he will need to garnish this guy for free. Never give away information for free. The collection attorney is not your friend he is not here to help. Sure sometimes making a deal makes sense, but don’t give away your leverage. Call Boevingloh & Pliakos at 314.989.1492.