The Delaware Department of Justice recently joined a national coalition to crack down on illegal debt collection.

The Delaware Department of Justice recently joined a national coalition to crack down on illegal debt collection.

Operation Collection Protection, led by the Federal Trade Commission, brings together federal, state and local enforcement and regulatory organizations.

The coalition, in addition to the FTC, includes the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the U.S. Department of Justice, attorneys general from 48 states and the District of Columbia, state regulatory agencies and local authorities throughout the country.

“Our Fraud and Consumer Protection Division has received almost 300 complaints regarding debt collection since the start of 2013, including 144 of a harassing nature,” said Attorney General Matt Denn. “Being part of Operation Collection Protection allows us to share information about investigation targets with other members, as well as share best practices for investigating and bringing actions against illegal debt collectors.”