WASHINGTON — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a report Thursday showing consumers are being "hounded" by debt collectors, adding more fuel to the fire in the agency's efforts to crack down on the industry's bad actors.

The annual report to Congress said about one-third of the more 30,300 complaints the agency reviewed were about a collector repeatedly trying to collect debt that the consumer said they did not owe. Nearly a quarter of the other complaints were about collectors using "aggressive communication tactics" like repeated calls to the wrong number, calling the work place or using "abusive language." The report includes complaints about first-parties — such as banks collecting on their own debt — and third-party collectors.

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