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If the old collection company is still showing the debt being owed, it can usually be taken care of by supplying to them evidence of the payoff of the debt with the other agency. Should that not work, order your credit report on line (from whichever bureau is reporting it) and then instigate an on-line dispute. You'll have to supply to them evidence the debt is paid and then they'll handle it from there. This procedure usually takes 30 - 45 days to clear up.

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Can a collection agency for a non-credit card-type bill hurt your credit rating?

Yes Once a collection account is reported to your credit history, its origin no longer matters. If money is owed and it gets listed with a credit reporting agency as a collection account, it affects the main factor in your credit score: Payment history. See www.myfico.com/CreditEducation/WhatsInYourScore.aspx for details of a FICO score.


Can a debt be listed on your credit report by the collection agency as two separate entries with one as a charge off and the other as a collection fee?

Yes, the charge off is entered by the original creditor, and the collection fee is a separate debt.


How do you fix your credit report if an original paid collection account is now listed with multiple other collection agencies a year later?

Your best bet is send a certified letter to the agencies who have your debt listed. Be polite and give them 30 days notice to remove the negative information. After 30 days have expired run another credit report to see if they removed the information. If the negative information is not removed you should file small claims judgment against the credit-reporting agency.


You have a valid debt that was purchased by another collection agency however the original date that the debt was opened was 2003 The new collection agency has it listed as 2005 is this legal?

The date that is of the most importance is the DLA, which is used if it pertains to the state SOL. The opening account date can be disputed and possibly amended, but it will not affect the validity of the debt or prohibit the collection process.


If you took a college course and only gave your name and address can the college still send it to an agency for collection?

AnswerYes, if you have an outstanding balance due and especially if you provided your social security number on your application. The collection agency will then identify any accounts that have additional pertinent information such as social security number (if not provided), phone numbers and alternate points of contact. The agency will then attempt to collect the outstanding balance. If they fail to collect the debt, the delinquent account will be listed to your credit bureau. When you apply for any future loan, revolving account or have any one check your bureau for credit worthiness (i.e. apartment, cell phone or utility company) your college course debt will be listed as an unpaid debt. The debt may have also accrued interest, late fees and the collection agency fees.


How do you find out if an account has been turned over to a collection agency and what amount is owed?

When you check your credit report there are several sections, one is called collections account. You will be able to review collections account directly after judgements, if any are listed on your report.


If several debts listed on a credit report are sold to a new collection agency and then paid in full can the debts from the old agency be disputed and removed from a credit report?

Yes and no. What the original credit agency should be reporting is that the debt was transferred to a new collector. Once you have proof that the debt was paid in full, you should be able to provide all creditors that are reporting negative info regarding that debt that this is the case and they should mark your records accordingly with a zero balance. It is really entirely up to them as to whether or not they totally remove the entry from your credit report.


What should you do if a creditor listed on your credit report is no longer at the location shown on the report?

Sumbit a dispute based on inaccurate information and let the credit report agency find them for you.


Are lawsuits filed against you by credit card collection agency public knowledge?

Yes, any public court proceding is public information. Also it can appear as negative items on your credit report as bad. Credit card companies usually will kill your credit by: 1. It gets listed as a judgment - negative account 2. It gets listed as bad debt with the card's name - negative So it can be a double whammy to your credit score. Pay it off and settle the judgment. Send your settled judgment to the credit bureaus so that your credit is update as soon as possible. these items can stay with your credit for 7 years.


How can you remove a collection agency entry from your report if you have paid the original creditor and there is no need to deal with the agency?

Send proof of payment to the original creditor and the information being reported against you by the collection agency. Request that they make sure the collection account is withdrawn and their original account is listed as paid. Upon receipt of that letter, send a dispute letter to the credit reporting agencies with your proof of payment. Follow up until your credit report is correct. updated entry: This is pretty good, but one problem is that neither the creditor nor the collection agency will be all that motivated to do anything since you have already paid the debt. But is really your only option at this point. Keep doing this over and over (every 2-3 months). I am always surprised, but sometimes things get removed on my 3rd or 4th time.


What is the statute of limitations of charge off auto loans in Virginia?

If you defaulted on a car loan, most states have a statutes of limitation of 10 years. Even though the lender may have "charged off" the debt, the debt could and probably has been sold o a collection agency. You can protect yourself from the Collection Agency from harassing you by sending them , by registered , a letter requesting Validation Of The DEbt. The Collection Company has to stop calling you and the must provide proof of the original loan and a signed copy of the contract, a license showing that they CAN collect the debt, and proof that they, indeed , have purchased the loan from the original creditor and the necessary paperwork to prove it. Most collection companies cannot obtain that information so is that is the case, you can contact the credit bureau that has it listed as a bad debt and showing the proof that you did contact the collection agency and received no response, the have to remove it from your credit report. If , in fact the collection agency DID report this questionable loan as delinquent without any of the above proof, you can sue them for defamation of character.


How do you check if I am still blacklisted?

Any credit reference agency will do a search on you, and your address (for a fee) - to show whether you're still black-listed.


If you want to send a letter to a collection agency asking them to stop calling you at home and work how do you get their mailing address?

The easiest way to do it is to get a copy of your cedit report. all creditors (and collection agencies) that you carry an account with will have their contact information listed there. Otherwise, if you know the name of the companies you can search the web for contact information. The credit report is fastest. Good luck.


Can you file a lawsuit on a collection agency that was listed on your chapter 7 discharge for continually harassing you after your discharge?

Yes you can file suit against the collection agency for violating the automatic stay. If you need further assistance please visit us at: <A HREF="https://www. OntrackFinancialGroup.com">Ontrack Financial Group</A>


If a collection agency tries to collect an unpaid medical bill that you never received from the hospital should you pay the agency or try to pay the hospital directly?

:It's unbelievable how terrible of advice some people can give you. Credit Cavalier must have been the same guy who was giving people advice about their mortgages a few years ago too.Most medical agencies do not buy debt. They work on contingency.Pay the agency. That way they close the account and you don't have to worry about your credit etc. If you pay the provider (hospital) and they don't notify the agency then you will have to provide proof of payment. It's a big hassle.If you didn't get a bill in the mail because your address changed, the agency CAN remove the account from your credit if it has already been listed. If your address didn't change, but you pay the account within the first 30 days, then your credit shouldn't be affected.Don't take advice from people who think that they know how to "work the system". These are the same people that will tell you not to pay your taxes and how the FBI is spying on everyone.This advice might sound a little odd, but it's right on the money. Do NOT pay a collection agency a penny. I will explain: Pretend that you went to the dentist and submitted the bill to your insurance company. The insurance company did not pay what you had anticipated and it left you with a $200.00 balance. Granted, you should pay the dentist the $200.00. However, let's pretend you did not have the money to pay or forgot. Yes the letters informing you to pay the unpaid balance come in the mail every month and you keep forgetting to pay the bill. Guess what, eventually the dentist is going to write off the $200.00 you owed him as a loss. The IRS permits the dentist a "Benefit" for the "Loss". (I won't explain this, ask your CPA for clarification) Ok, now a collection agency slithers in to the dentist?s office and offers to help recover "Delinquent" accounts. The collection company will pay the dentist a portion of what they are able to collect. Typically, the older the account (money owed) the less likely the chance the collection agency will be able to collect the money and the less the percentage of the amount of money the "dentist" will receive on what IS collected. Granted, many collection agencies vary on what percentage of the money collected they will keep. The bottom line is the "dentist" will generally not receive the entire $200.00 that was owed. (Unless of course the collection agency just adds their fees on top of the original $200.00 balance) Moving forward: Any amount of money that the "Collection Agency' recovers and pays the dentist is now "Profit" to the dentist. They wrote the money off on their tax returns as a loss and now they are receiving "Profit". Yes, you should have paid the dentist in the first place. That goes without saying. However, things happen. Now here is the catch. A negative item can stay on your credit report for 7-10 years from the date of last activity. (Read that last sentence again) let's pretend that the collection agency added the collection to your credit report two years ago. If you pay the collection agency the negative item on your report will NOT be removed. If they say it will, they are full of it. The negative item will now be "Updated" on your credit report as a "Paid" collection and you scores will generally take a dip. The "Paid" collection can now stay on for another 7-10 years. Now we are at 9-12 years that the $200.00 collection is impacting your credit life. I am sure someone from a collection agency is going to rip apart what I am saying. Remember, they profit from your hardships. Moving on, you don't owe the collection agency ANYTHING. Unless you sign an agreement with them for repayment. Don't do this. You can fight the collection agency until you sign an agreement with them. Then you DO owe them money. You miss your payment and they can garnish wages, add additional fees, and levy your bank account and so on. Getting their "Claim? removed from your credit report is pretty easy if you never signed an agreement with them.~The Credit Cavalier~If the bill is legitimate, pay the collection agency.In most cases, it does not matter which you pay because the agency will be paid either way. Most work on a contengency fee basis (they get a % of the amount you pay).Whether you received a bill for the treatment is irrelevant. If you received treatment, you owe the bill. Many people have contracts with insurance companies to pay these bill (or a portion) for them.If you do not think you owe the bill, contact the agency. They are bound by federal law (FDCPA) to verify the debt.Before you begin to deal with a collection agency, please check out Ben Dover's website regarding medical collections and collection agencies in general. Don't deal with them if you can pay the hospital directly. Your adrenal gland will thank you for it, thereby avoiding the need to seek further medical care for your nerves.Credit Cavalier has his facts wrong. The dentist does NOT in most cases get any tax benefit for a bad debt. Most dentists/doctors use the cash accounting method, and the only tax paid is on money that actually comes in. A bad debt is simply a loss in income, like the dentist never earned the money in the first place.The best thing to do is to pay the debt collection agency. If you think it is your way at getting back at them by paying their client you are wasting your time. The collection agency is going to get their money regardless. Although, the collection agency is under no obligation to remove it from your credit if you have not paid in the alotted time period- they CAN. It is literally just a click of the button. If you are polite, and/or gripe enough they will have it removed. If you pay the client they probably won't. Also, the client waits to report payments to the collection agency, so you might still be called by the collection agency. They are still showing a balance in their office. It is not their fault you didn't pay who you were supposed to pay. Debt collectors are not bad people, they are just people trying to do their jobs. If you don't actually owe the bill there are things you can do to rectify the problem. Yelling and screaming and cussing out the debt collector will get you no where. It will probably make them want to call you everyday (which is not harassment).ANSWERMost of the time you can pay through either, but I recommend paying the collection agency. The client usually has a contract with the collection agency to report any payments within 30 days or so, so that they can update it in their office and on their credit. Either way the account will be reflected through the collection agency and as activity on your credit. If you pay straight to collection agency you have a better chance of keeping it from going on your credit if paid promptly or having it updated more quickly to the credit bureau as a paid collection. Plus there could always be a few payments that slip through and don't get reported to the collection agency and then you are sitting there with an unpaid collection on you credit. As for collection agencies being able to take collections off your credit if you are mean or nice enough to talk them into it by promising payment in exchange for removal from credit, well this is called credit bartering and is against collection laws, not to say some do not do it anyways, but don't be surprised or upset if you come upon one that follows their collection laws and want to keep there collection license in tact and their doors open for business. The best thing you can do is try your best to settle or set up pmts through the client before it gets to the collection agency. If it doesnt happen that way then some collection agencies give you a set amount of time to pay off before they report to your credit, like 30-60 days. You can try to borrow the money or take a small loan to build your credit by making monthly pmts on that instead of having the unpaid collection on your credit against you. If none of that is possible, then most will work with you on a payment schedule as long as it is reasonable and you stick to it. The account will then report as a paid collection once paid in full, which is usually better than an unpaid collection.ANSWER:The first post was actually written by a person who knows how these collection agencies act and harass consumers. The rest of the answers are from some collection agencies. The first post is all the way right about collection activities and their harassment acts. I am going to write few useful tips to avoid these collection agencies and to protect your credit. The main motive of these collection agencies is money money and money. They buy the defaulted debts pennies to a dollar and their main weapon is to report it to your credit report and wait until the fish get the bait means when you get hurt for denial of a credit card ,car loan etc also they regularly visit hospitals in search of defaulted accounts. Sometimes even hospital billing department does not know if the account has been assigned to a collection agency. They do it automaticLets say you receive a letter from collection agency saying you owe this money or you noted that some collection agency is posting a collection on your credit report.Mostly you have taken the treatment from hospital but your insurance paid half or you forgot to pay the half or full amount. My advice to all those in the situation is similar to post one. DO NOT PAY THE COLLECTION AGENCY A SINGLE PENNY. If you have Money make arrangements with the hospital and pay them but not to a collection agency. Hospital bills normally goes 10% of the debt. let's say $100 collection account and agency get $10 or more depends.Here is what you should do.(1) If you get a collection letter from collection agency. Write them a simple letter for cease and desist their collection actvities and validate the debt according toSection 809(a), 15 U.S.C. § 1692g via certified mail return receipt requested.If the collection agency do not validate with in 30 days send the copy of the return receipt with a letter mentioning the above FDCPA law and ask for deletion from credit bureaus. if they still keep posting that's a violation of FDCPA.· (2) Usually the collection agencies after receiving the validation request send a form with no logo for you to provide ss# address etc claiming that they need the permission to check your medical record.Dont Fall for that. search the Google for hippa laws. Any medical information is strict private and a doctor or hospital can not disclose it to any one without your prior consent.Do you understand what that means?.A collection agency has no proof so how does they put your account in collection. Another violation of FCRA,FDCPA AND HIPPA LAWS.Send it to federal trade commission. your attorney general and FBI for fraud and defamation.A collection agency can say yeah we either way get the money you pay it to the hospital or us. its better for you to pay us and we will update your account with credit bureaus as paid.Dont fall for that.Do you know that an unpaid collection cost you 150 points on your fico and a paid collection about 79 because it paid but its collection.write a letter to collection agency as stated above and pay the hospital. If the collection agency post it paid to credit bureaus and you have not paid a single dime to collection agency. Get a free lawyer to sue the hospital and collection in civil or superior court.Only the Hippa violation is more than $250,000 which an attorney general will happy to sue.To be fair send collection agency a 72 hour NOTICE OF INTENT TO SUE if they do not take your generosity and want to post that account in your credit files. Then you have to hit back hard just search the Google for free information and FIGHT BACK. There are more than 3000 collection agencies but only few are keeping legitimate tactics for their clients and they are not rude too.The rest will not care. To collect their commission in the name of business they will go beyond the law to hurt you and your families by hurting your credit.I would like to add more to this topic very soon------ the above is written by someone who has no idea what they are talking about. A collection agency has a right to obtain itemization of medical treatments so they can send proof of the debt. Under HIPAA they are allowed this info if it is necessary to collect the debt. There is so much wrong with this ignorant statement!*******************************************************************This is exactly very true. This is what happened to me and because I did not know this I was dumb enough to pay the collection agency and it is now over 14 years old, paid and it still shows up on my credit report. When I had the money to pay, it was 6 years old. I did owe it and the collection agency claimed they would remove it as soon as it was paid. Not at all they lied and updated it and now 8 more years to go and it is showing paid but that cost me dearly for a $25.00 debt.If you want to pay the original debtor within 2 years, do so, but strictly follow these exact instructions as stated above in the first answer and this very last answer. The ones in between are definatley from collection agencies. It is the original debtor that you owe and not a % to those unscrupulous collection agencies.from someone who worked at one,the agency gets the account via the client, they only work so many accounts.if the collector cannot contact the debtor and so many letters go out and phone callsthe account is still in their system, however is not worked in their list, it will sit witg them until the hosp or drs office tells them they want it back, by that time, the client has to ask the agency to report to the credit bureau, not all coll agency report to the credit bureau, the client has to notify them in writing to do so.depends on the balance.usually people want to clear up their accounts when they are buying a house,etcand that's when they see it on their credit report, so they call the agency and negotiate a deal and then have them take it off their credit reports, which update in 30 daysThe Credit Cavalier is absolutely correct! I know because I just came out of really bad credit! Score was in the mid 400's. That's horrible! So I learned a ton in 10 yrs how the credit systems works and what the laws are. He is correct that if your stuff is legitamently reported to the credit bureau and you pay the collection agency any or all the money that was due after that report, It does not come of your credit report because you paid!!! It stays on your report. So for me since that is so damaging to live with I learned on the first one that if it is reported I refuse to pay anything. I am the one that is dinged bad credit and can't buy, rent, borrow anything for a long time. This is not what I am telling YOU to do this is just what I have done. So to me if I am suffering already why suffer longer after paying off the debt??? So today my score is so much better and I am working on making my credit score really good. Don't forget that if you have something on there (report) you can fight the credit bureaus to get it off if you see they are reporting you from an incorrect date. The report must READ the ORIGINAL LAST PAYMENT MADE! That is the start date from which the 7 or the 10 yrs starts at and when those years come to and end and its still on your report, YOU FIGHT IT to get that off. Your free and clear! I did this as well and got my credit looking much better now. above 640 now. Its a learning lesson! Just one more thing! A lot of times the credit bureaus will lie and tell you different than what is legal. If you know the laws don't just listen to them! Fight them and tell them you know the laws and they must do what ever that is within the legal guidelines!"Experienced Lesson Learner"!


Does telephone service get reported as a utility bill and does it roll off in seven years?

The credit bureaus do not care about utilities. I have never known a utility bill to appear on a credit report from the big three. It's the unsecured and larger debts (mortgage and car) they tend to be interested in. The theory is that the utility just shuts off your power. No problem. I moved out of my apartment in 1993 and unknowingly left a 123.00 phone bill. Last year, SBC took over Ameritech and they said they had new "collection procedures" and contacted me at my house. This is 12 years later. It was actually a collection agency that contacted me. When I checked my credit report a few months ago, it was listed as a collection and there was several collection "marks" listed for the last few months, so it does occasionally get placed on credit report. I paid it the 1st day they called my home by the way and it was still reported as a collection and that they were "unable to locate" me.


How do you remove repo from credit if it belonged to someone else?

If the lender has no legal claim against you, that is if you were not a guarantor on a loan (maker or comaker), then the listing on your credit report is in error. You must request its removal in writing to the lender who has listed it and to the credit reporting agency who has it listed. They will have thirty days to either substantiate the debt and its listing, or have it removed.


How would a collection of 230 affect a person with 50000 in available credit and 730 score?

Your credit score can be decreased by having collection accounts listed, a judgment, late payments or if you have too much available credit. If you have that much credit, you would want to contact the credit issuer to lower your credit limit. Your debt should never be more than 35% of the available credit. Timely, consistent payments to your creditors and low credit limits will help increase your credit score.


How can you remove a medical collection that is no longer listed with the collection agency but has been returned to the original creditor?

I assume this means removing it from the CR. In which case you can't. It may eventually be updated to show the original creditor has reassumed the account. However, it is still a debt owed and still reportable. If a collection account has "been returned" to the original creditor, then the collection agency would not be able to provide verfification of the debt should this be requested. You could write a letter of dispute to both the credit bureaus and to the collection agency requesting a verification of debt. If this were provided despite the fact that the account is no longer theirs to verify, that would constitute a violation of law. This is often the first step many consumers take in gathering evidence of willful non-compliance for lawsuits against collection agencies. So, even though it may happen, it would put the CA in a precarious situation.


Can a credit card company go after the car of a deceased person to satisfy unsecured debt?

A credit card company can sue someone for defaulting on debt. When they do this, they can be awarded a judgment. If the debtor has assets, such as a car or checking account, then they can be awarded those things. For property, usually the items are auctioned so that the collection agency (credit card company) can get the cash. If the person is deceased, you may be able to transfer ownership of the car before the credit card company tries to take it. Unless you are listed on the debt as a joint account owner, you are not liable for it. the FDCPA spells out your rights in terms of debt collection.


How to find where a loan was obtained several years ago online and had bad credit to get another loan?

Get a copy of your credit report, it will have the company listed that you had the loan through.


Who is number is this- 757-961-3547?

The phone number 757-961-3547 is a collection agency named Portfolio Recovery Services. They seem to specialize in outdated accounts that no longer show on your reports and will suddenly call over and over about old old debts. They seem to be listed as a legitimate collection agency but use verbally abusive methods and make insulting comments in their collection attempts.


What do I do about a collection agency opening a bad debt?

The most important thing to do is identify the debt and that it is legally in your name.The second is to make sure to go through all your records to prove the debt is unpaid.Find out if there is a grace period between the day the debt was listed in collections and the day it is reported to the credit file (most cases you have 30 days from the day it was listed to the day it is reported)Try to pay it in full as soon as possibleIf you cannot pay in full, make an offer to pay less and have the debt settled in full - usually you would give a letter explaining that there is hardship and you simply do not have the fundsIf you are disputing the debt - write a letter to the collection agency explaining the dispute and why you feel you do not owe the funds (they must put the file on hold until it is determined if the dispute is valid or not) THIS MUST BE IN WRITING TO BE VALIDSimply not wanting to pay the bill is not a valid disputeDid the collection agency properly identify that you were the correct person by having you verify your date of birth?, SIN, Address or other information that you would have given to the creditor that has listed you to collectionIf you cannot pay in full immediately - offer a payment planIf the collection agent is rude (be careful not to mistake being aggressive or firm as rude) demand to speak to their supervisorOnce paid or "settled" in full ensure you get a letter from the collection agency releasing you from the obligation


Who do you write a letter of dispute to?

You can write a letter of dispute to the collection agencies if that is who listed your credit account wrong. If it is a company, you can write a letter directly to their account or customer service department.


Am i responsible for the debt on credit card after card holder's death i made most of the purchases with his approval we were not married and he had the card before we met?

Are you listed on the credit card account as a joint owner? If so, you are legally liable for it. If you are not listed on the account, you are not legally liable for it. Some sneaky collection agencies will try to make pay by telling you that you must pay, so beware. You can learn more about your rights in debt collection by reading up on the FDCPA.