Junk debt buyers may be engaging in phantom debt, collecting payments from consumers for debts that are nonexistent. or illegal to collect.
Your debt may be uncollectible. Review your State’s Statute of Limitations on how long you can be sued for an unpaid debt.
Medical debt collectors looking to collect on older accounts often don’t have any documentation to prove you owe the debt. It’s important to challenge medical collection accounts. If you want to pay, contact the original medical provider.
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.
Original creditor is no longer reporting an account to the credit bureaus but debt collector is reporting new dates on the account. This action is re-aging an account which is illegal.
You have the right to stop the debt collector threats and stop debt collectors from calling and writing you. But that does not eliminate the debt.
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.
Disputing an old collection account can trigger the collection agency to renew their collection efforts or sell the debt to a new debt collector.
Proceed with caution if a debt collector calls you out of the blue. It may be a scam collector especially if they threaten arrest, legal action or wage garnishment.
If a debt collector cannot provide debt validation, you may be able to negotiate a reduced settlement of the debt, or even eliminate the debt in full.