Consumers in December filed 1,254 complaints with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau against a total of 383 debt collectors, according to data talled by WebRecon LLC, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based company.

The status of the complaints include 1,246 with timely responses (or 99.4 percent of the total). A further breakdown includes:

    •    815 (65 percent) - closed with explanation
    •    219 (17.5 percent) - closed with non-monetary relief
    •    158 (12.6 percent) - in progress  
    •    32 (2.6 percent) - closed  
    •    23 (1.8 percent) - closed with monetary relief

Of the company responses, consumers accepted 1,106 (88.2 percent), and disputed 148 (11.8 percent).

The top complaints cited included: 534 (or 42.6 percent of the total) for continued attempts to collect a debt that isn't owed; 246 (19.6 percent) for communication tactics; 214 (17.1 percent) for disclosure verification of debt; 97 (7.7 percent) for improper contact or sharing of info; 85 (6.8 percent) for false statements or representation; and 78 (6.2 percent) for taking/threatening an illegal action.

The top five secondary issues were:

    ?    324 (25.8 percent) - debt is not mine
    ?    167 (13.3 percent) - frequent or repeated calls
    ?    143 (11.4 percent) - debt was paid
    ?    140 (11.2 percent) - not given enough into to verify debt
    ?    63 (5 percent) - right to dispute notice not received

The top five types of debt behind the complaints included:

    ?    357 (28.5 percent) - other (phone, health club, etc.)
    ?    275 (21.9 percent) - unknown
    ?    255 (20.3 percent) credit card
    ?    156 (12.4%) medical
    ?    63 (5 percent) payday loans  

  The top states complaints were filed from are:
    •    142 Complaints: CA
    •    119 Complaints: TX
    •    105 Complaints: FL
    •    100 Complaints: NY
    •    54 Complaints: NJ
    •    48 Complaints: PA
    •    44 Complaints: GA
    •    41 Complaints: IL
    •    37 Complaints: VA
    •    36 Complaints: MI

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