You can request a debt collector verify the amount and validity of the debt they claim is owed by you. Validation is helpful when debt is repeatedly sold.
When you’re struggling with debt, you may want to zone out…Don’t do it! Unpaid debt just doesn’t disappear. Not dealing with debt can turn into a charge-off and collection account which can be a double whammy on your credit reports.
Thinking about paying a collection account? Your credit scores may not improve unless you get the collection account deleted with a pay for delete agreement.
I got an interesting question from a consumer in 2014 regarding an unpaid payday loan. The consumer had taken out a payday loan but unfortunately lost their job and did not have the money in their bank account when it was time to repay the loan. This led to fees being added by not only…
Collection agencies are not original creditors and should not be reporting monthly late payments on your credit report, you have no legal account with a debt collector that requires monthly reporting of late payments.
The dreaded move-out date arrives and the one thing on your mind is the security deposit. What happens when you don’t get the security deposit back plus the landlord sends a balance to a collection agency that reports it on your credit files.
The best approach in dealing with a debt collector is to stay calm, stay off the phone and know your rights.
Even though a collection agency cannot report a negative account beyond 7 years, they can still pursue you for an unpaid debt.
Once a collection account lands on your credit reports it can stay for up to 7 years from the date of the original account’s default regardless payment. Paying a collection account does improve credit scores but only under FICO 9 scoring system.