They bought two taxi medallions as a safe investment for retirement, then leased them out. At first, their expectations, based upon actual experiences of their friends were good. The lease payments they received allowed them to to pay the loan they had taken out to buy the medallions, leaving a surplus for savings or spending.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) was enacted in 1978 to protect consumers from unscrupulous and abusive collection practices. The act limits certain types of actions collectors can take regarding debts they claim you owe. The Act also allows consumers to dispute the debt and ask the collector to provide proof that the debt is valid.