How to Keep a Debt Collector From Ruining the Holidays

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How to Keep a Debt Collector From Ruining the Holidays

How to Keep a Debt Collector From Ruining the Holidays

The holidays are swiftly approaching, and, while everyone’s generally happy to wait on Santa, there’s one person you surely won’t want calling this time of year: a debt collector. Fortunately, consumers on the receiving end of letters, phone calls, emails or other means of recouping a debt don’t need to let any correspondence ruin their holiday cheer. Here are... Read More

Can a Debt Collector Text You?

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Can a Debt Collector Text You?

Can a Debt Collector Text You?

The good old-fashioned phone call has steadily given way to text messaging in recent years, including, it seems, within the debt collection industry. A Credit.com blog reader recently shared her story of how a debt collector had sent a text to her mother (who had served as a reference on her auto loan application) about an outstanding car payment. While her question... Read More

When a Debt Collector Pretends to Be the Pizza Guy

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When a Debt Collector Pretends to Be the Pizza Guy

When a Debt Collector Pretends to Be the Pizza Guy

When the phone rang, the message on the caller ID display was a surprise. Sometimes it said, “Flower Shop.” Or “Pizza Delivery.” Or the name or number of a family member. Or “Repossession Services.” When consumers answered the phone, the ruse continued. An operator gave the impression that flowers or pizza were on the way,... Read More

My Debt Was Charged Off. What Does That Mean?!

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My Debt Was Charged Off. What Does That Mean?!

My Debt Was Charged Off. What Does That Mean?!

One of the most misunderstood credit terms is the phrase “charged-off.” You may have seen it on your credit report next to an old debt you vaguely remember. At first look, it sounds almost positive, as if implying that a balance has been eliminated, removed and paid off. In reality, however, a charged-off account can... Read More

Is There a Statute of Limitation for My Student Loans?

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Is There a Statute of Limitation for My Student Loans?

Is There a Statute of Limitation for My Student Loans?

Is there a statute of limitations on student loan debt? An essay in the New York Times by a writer who strategically defaulted on his student loans has rekindled the ongoing debate about the fairness of allowing young people to be saddled with large — or even massive — debt, sometimes for the rest of... Read More

Woman Sues Debt Collector, Wins $83 Million

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Woman Sues Debt Collector, Wins $83 Million

Woman Sues Debt Collector, Wins $83 Million

A Missouri jury ordered a debt buyer to pay nearly $83 million to a Kansas City woman it pursued for a $1,000 credit card bill she didn’t owe, NPR affiliate KCUR reports. The jury found Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC guilty of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, for which it will pay $250,000 in damages,... Read More

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