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What can happen if you do not pay off credit cards?

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02/11/2007

The original creditor will either attempt to collect the debt using their own collections department or refer the account to an outside collection agency. Generally after 180 days of default the original creditor will "charge off" off the debt, this does not make the debt invalid or uncollectible. Some original creditors will sell the debt to a third party collection agency, some will have their legal counsel initiate a lawsuit to recover monies owed, some will cancel the debt. A third party collector also has the option of pursuing a lawsuit against the debtor as well as using regular collection procedures. In addition the default will be entered on the debtor's credit report and will remain for seven years, thereby doing serious damage to the consumer's ability to obtain future credit.