Debt collectors are using high-tech methods to find you — and your money

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.

Behind on bills? Brace yourself. Debt collectors are adopting high-tech tactics to boost payments. Watch your smartphone for avatars that coo and voice mails that arrive without a sound.

Collections agencies are evolving from the financial stone age of dunning letters and manually dialed phone calls into an era more like drone combat. New collections techniques save labor and skirt rules of engagement.

The inventive approaches surprise debtors and rile consumer advocates. But company managers contend their innovations actually benefit consumers as the industry performs its unpopular but necessary role.

Prepare for these new gambits:

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