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Allied Interstate LLC

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Phone: (800) 811-4214 Fax: (614) 901-7794 View Additional Phone Numbers 7525 W Campus Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 http://www.iqor.com/ View Additional Web Addresses


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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised the rating for Allied Interstate LLC include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 416 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

416 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 74 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 1
Billing/Collection Issues 323
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 92
Total Closed Complaints 416

Additional Complaint Information

The scope of this BBB Business Review and customer experience within currently concerns Allied Interstate, LLC, with a primary customer service office in New Albany, OH, and additional locations in South Carolina, North Carolina, Texas, New York, Minnesota, California and Arizona, and additional post office box payment and mailing addresses in OH, MI and VA.

Allied Interstate, LLC is one of the businesses in a consolidated group of companies owned by the parent company, iQor Holdings Inc.,

The scope of this BBB Business Review previously concerned  all of the iQor consolidated group of companies. 

BBBs currently maintain separate Business Reviews on other businesses owned by the parent company, iQor Holdings Inc., including iQor US, Inc. in New York, NY, and The Receivable Management Services Corporation (RMS) in Bethlehem, PA, and these other BBB Business Reviews are available at www.bbb.org

This company has a pattern of customer complaint alleging customer service issues and service issues. Specifically, complaints allege consumers purchased discount coupons from Living Social, Half Off Depot, or from Groupon for cleaning services; however, consumers have great difficulty reaching the company to schedule a cleaning appointment. Some consumers indicate several phone calls and/or emails are sent for appointment requests, but the company fails to follow up. Other complaints allege once the appointment is scheduled, the company fails to show up to complete the promised services. One complaint alleged the coupon was for a three-hour cleaning service, but that the company only cleaned for approximately two hours.

On July 9, 2012 BBB sent certified correspondence to Extreme Clean of Tennessee requesting their voluntary cooperation in resolving complaints on file with BBB and providing steps it will implement to eliminate the pattern of customer complaint; however, as of today BBB has not received a response from the company.

- See more at: http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/housecleaning/extreme-clean-of-tennessee-in-antioch-tn-37070839#sthash.pyT5Q6vH.dpuf

This company has a pattern of customer complaint alleging customer service issues and service issues. Specifically, complaints allege consumers purchased discount coupons from Living Social, Half Off Depot, or from Groupon for cleaning services; however, consumers have great difficulty reaching the company to schedule a cleaning appointment. Some consumers indicate several phone calls and/or emails are sent for appointment requests, but the company fails to follow up. Other complaints allege once the appointment is scheduled, the company fails to show up to complete the promised services. One complaint alleged the coupon was for a three-hour cleaning service, but that the company only cleaned for approximately two hours.

On July 9, 2012 BBB sent certified correspondence to Extreme Clean of Tennessee requesting their voluntary cooperation in resolving complaints on file with BBB and providing steps it will implement to eliminate the pattern of customer complaint; however, as of today BBB has not received a response from the company.

- See more at: http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/housecleaning/extreme-clean-of-tennessee-in-antioch-tn-37070839#sthash.pyT5Q6vH.dpuf

This company has a pattern of customer complaint alleging customer service issues and service issues. Specifically, complaints allege consumers purchased discount coupons from Living Social, Half Off Depot, or from Groupon for cleaning services; however, consumers have great difficulty reaching the company to schedule a cleaning appointment. Some consumers indicate several phone calls and/or emails are sent for appointment requests, but the company fails to follow up. Other complaints allege once the appointment is scheduled, the company fails to show up to complete the promised services. One complaint alleged the coupon was for a three-hour cleaning service, but that the company only cleaned for approximately two hours.

On July 9, 2012 BBB sent certified correspondence to Extreme Clean of Tennessee requesting their voluntary cooperation in resolving complaints on file with BBB and providing steps it will implement to eliminate the pattern of customer complaint; however, as of today BBB has not received a response from the company.

- See more at: http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/housecleaning/extreme-clean-of-tennessee-in-antioch-tn-37070839#sthash.pyT5Q6vH.dpuf
This company has a pattern of customer complaints alleging iQor, Inc. continues collection efforts even after consumers have told company representatives they do not owe the debt, and without verifying the accuracy of the disputed information. Complaints in BBB files specifically involve some individuals receiving multiple calls, numerous hang ups, experiencing an inability to reach a customer service representative and others involve a failure to validate debts. 

BBB met with representatives of iQor on March 5, 2014 to review the progress iQor made in resolving the underlying cause of the pattern of complaints BBB had received. iQor indicated they made personnel changes and were changing the culture of the business to be more consumer friendly. By the date of the meeting, BBB had received 51% fewer complaints as compared to the five months prior to our letter of October 4, 2013, when BBB sent return receipt email to iQor requesting their voluntary cooperation in resolving complaints on file with BBB and providing steps it will implement to eliminate the pattern of customer complaints. On October 16, 2013, The business responded and stated they were taking the following steps to eliminate the underlying causes for the pattern of complaints identified in BBB files:
  
1. Wrong Number - Due to the frequency that some consumers relocate, change carriers, or add phone lines, this industry does experience wrong numbers. Our policy allows all agents to remove wrong numbers; however, we understand that some consumers may choose to raise the issues directly to the BBB.          
 
2. Cease Notices - As with wrong numbers, our agents all have the ability to cease collection efforts (including letters and calls) when requested. In these instances, consumers have elected to send the notice via the BBB. Most, if not all, of these had already been received by Allied.
 
3. Debt Dispute - This is another category where the BBB notice is usually our first notice that the consumer disputes the debt or requests validation of the debt. The FDCPA and our policy prohibits us from engaging in collection activity after notice of a dispute without first providing the consumer with verification; however, some of our clients will not provide that detail. They would rather recall the account and cease collections. We appreciate why a consumer believes we are ignoring the request, but that is not the case.
 
4. Repeat Wrong Party Calls - In this category, human error may occur. Other times, while the agent may have processed the wrong number correctly on the account during the call, that does not remove the same number on other accounts or if there are future placements with the same number. Agents will only have access to the client that they are authorized to work.
 
5. Unprofessional Behavior - We have zero tolerance for any unprofessional behavior directed towards a consumer.  Any conduct of this nature can and does result in immediate termination.

BBB continues to work with iQor, and this aspect of the Business Review will be updated when additional information becomes available.

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

18 Customer Reviews on Allied Interstate LLC
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 1
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 17
Total Customer Reviews 18

Additional Information

BBB file opened: April 24, 1997 Business started: 08/25/1954 in MN Business started locally: 10/01/1999 Business incorporated 01/01/2011 in MN
Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Mr. Michael R Karosas, President Mr. Hartmut Liebel, President & CEO Mr. John Chesser, Treasurer Ms. Margaret M. Cowherd, Chief Financial Officer Ms. Melanie Engberg, AVP, Compliance Mr. Barry Grant, Chief Technology Officer Mr. Justin Lindsey, Chief Scientist Mr. Daniel Leo Montenaro Esq., Chief Compliance Officer Mr. Joseph Perillo CPA, Chief Accounting Officer Mr. David Pester Esq., General Counsel Mr. Gary Praznik, COO Ms. Stephanie Schuitt, Vice President Compliance
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Ms. Melanie Engberg, AVP, Compliance
Principal: Mr. Michael R Karosas, President
Principal: Mr. Hartmut Liebel, President & CEO
Business Category

Collection Agencies Collection Agencies (NAICS: 561440)

Alternate Business Names
Allied Allied Interstate
Business Management

According to information provided to BBB by the company,  Allied Interstate, Inc. converted its status on January 1, 2011  from a corporation to a limited liability company Allied Interstate LLC, and the ownership of the equity capital of Allied Interstate remained the same.

In September 2012, BBB was notified that Allied Interstate's main office in West Palm Beach, Florida was closed and the primary and customer service office of Allied Interstate was relocated to New Albany, Oh which is in the Columbus, Ohio / Central Ohio service area.

Allied Interstate is part of a consolidated group of companies owned by the parent company, iQor Holdings Inc., and its companies maintain locations in North America, the United Kingdom, China, the Phillipines, and India.

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Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Summary

Allied Interstate LLC has received 4.43 out of 5 stars based on 18 Customer Reviews and a BBB Rating of A+.

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BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview


BBB Customer Reviews Rating represents the customers opinions of the business. The Customer Review Rating is based on the number of positive, neutral and negative customer reviews posted that are calculated to produce a score.

Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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Star Rating scale

  Average Score
5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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