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Fixing Credit With Several Small Debts

I am a recent graduate from the U.S. with a checkered credit history. I have a few items in collection now totaling about $750 or so. Previously, my attitude would have been to let these slide until ...
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Collection agency and debtor failing to provide written bill/payment plan

Years back I lived in an apartment in NYC and ConEd was sending me electric bills of 300-400/month. I disputed it at the time, saying it was impossible, and they basically said, "OK, we'll ...
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Debt collector has wrong person and is contacting my employer

A debtor with my same first and last name and middle initial owes a student loan debt for a college in another state I never attended. The debt collectors have my previous address listed on the ...
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How to understand the status of my 12-year old, unpaid, $200k medical debt?

From 2000 until 2005, I accumulated about $200,000 USD in medical debt to 4 hospitals in 3 states. I can't even count the number of physicians who were involved. Initially, things went ok with ...
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How can I inform the collector that I have paid the landlord in full, to update my credit report? Will it help my credit score?

Unbeknownst to me, some apartment debt I paid had already been sold to a collections agency before I actually paid it. Now the collections agency still thinks I owe, (according to my TransUnion ...
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What remedies exist for damaged credit score relative to collection agency?

Background Ricfer Sanras got a bill in the mail from CompanyX and refused to pay it because she never signed a contract for the services the CompanyX claimed to render. CompanyX sold the alleged ...
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Will paying off an old $8 collection hurt my credit?

Let me explain a little more. I was the victim of a car accident and medical bills went through the roof. I had about $16k racked up, then my settlement finally kicked in 3 years later and paid it all ...
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How can I stop debt collection agencies contacting me about an ex-partner who moved away 10 years ago?

I divorced about 10 years ago and transferred my mortgage out of my partner's name. However it appears as if my ex has been taking out more loans and not paying them back and every month or so a ...
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How do disputed debts work on credit reports?

There is a company that believes I owe them money. I disagree, and they've hired a debt collector. I know how about my rights per the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and in particular that I ...
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Apartment I never lived in is collecting against me. Recourse?

I was looking at apartments a year ago, and found the "perfect" apartment online. However, I couldn't go look at it until the following weekend. Unfortunately, the apartment had already been listed ...
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How long should one wait before reapplying for credit card after account closure

I have recently come out of some financial trouble. I had about 4 collection agencies I owed money to and 2 credit card accounts that had been frozen and closed. I have now paid off both credit cards ...
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Received federal student loan collection letter, but never had one. What to do?

Yesterday I received an unexpected letter in the mail, a federal student loan collection letter from ConServe collections. I've never had a federal student loan, so it was quite surprising to receive ...
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How to respond to collections regarding medical bill your insurance hasn't paid?

Last year our medical insurer froze my wife and children's account and refused to make any payments to any providers until my wife, her doctor, and possibly some of her other providers filled out a ...
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Ignored debt collection agency over false claim, now its on my credit report. What do I do?

Over six months ago, I started receiving calls & voice mails from a debt collector. I never answered the phone and eventually blocked them. I didn't have any debts (that I was aware of) so I ...
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How to get back the money that you lent someone? [closed]

I lent a friend a few hundred dollars a couple of years ago. Initially, he agreed to pay me back in a few months, but it never happened. The only evidence that I have is my check slip and also a long ...
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Can you dispute a negative credit reporting?

I have an above average credit rating and am very responsible with any payments that need to be made. After moving out of my last apartment, I paid all of the rent and never received another bill for ...
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My medical bill went to a collection agency. Can I pay it directly to the hospital?

I went to the emergency room 5 months ago, and got a $2,000 bill. I didn't have the money to pay, so it just went to collections this month. But I already saved some cash, and I want to pay it off ...
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What are some ways to negotiate with a lawyer to pay off an outstanding debt?

I owe around 7000 for an outstanding debt and they are trying to take me to court for it. If I have 4000 now, how can I get them to accept that money to take care of the entire debt amount? I know ...
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What constitutes “Account Activity” in a debt collection timeline?

Let's say a person has a debt that charged off several years ago. They receive a time boxed, partial amount payoff offer from a Credit Agency that purchased the debt from the original lender. Do they ...
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Unpaid medical bill - Collection Notice

I do not have any debt in the past 10 years in US. I have good credit score 715+. This has been the case from the beginning. Of late, I had a minor medical emergency and my insurance paid some amount ...
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Can a debt collector keep my payment info?

Most (all?) bills come with a form to fill out your credit/debt card info and mail back to them. What are the limitations on what they can do with one's card and how long they can hold the info? Like, ...
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Will I see a collection on my credit report if I paid the bill in full?

I received a call from a collections agency a couple of days ago about an unsettled bill of $200. Turns out that during my grad school days (over 7 years ago), we used a water delivery service and I ...
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22 year old with about $3300 in collections, should I pay it all at once or in payments to improve credit score?

I have got about about $3300 in collection. $1400 is from getting evicted about $400 is from a time I over drafted a checking account and the rest is medical bills. Now I also have a auto loan for ...
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How do I deal with a clinic billing mistake that was sent to collections?

Recently I created a CreditKarma.com account so that I can keep and eye on my credit. Upon logging in, I noticed I have a pretty low score (not that surprising since I just opened my first credit ...
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What will happen to my wife's debt when she passes away?

I am currently a Washington state resident but my wife is still an Oregon resident. Recently she has had some health issues and has been given a short amount of time left to live. We are trying to ...
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Startup Convertible note write-off debt?

I invested time in a tech start-up during 2013 that has since closed its doors. I received payment in the form of convertible notes... $30,000 in total, which of course have no value now. Is there ...
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Should I pay an erroneous bill in collections if it is a tiny amount?

I have a very small bill amounting to $43. I was billed this amount when a medical services company sent me a product that I did not order. (It was probably ordered on my behalf by a doctor I ...
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It it legal to enforce collection of an (incorrectly) estimated tax bill

I have a friend who used to be self employed, but is now in full time employment. this was about 4 years ago, and he never bothered to de-register for VAT. Now HMRC (via a collections agency) are ...
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How to deal with a landlord charging more than what is specified in the lease when I break the lease?

I am not from the U.S. and this is my first experience breaking the lease. I had to break it to move for a new job, and no one would like to sublet the apartment since it is a damp basement. The ...
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How do I deal with a collection agent who refused to state a reason for calling?

I got a call from a number registered to a collection agency (I looked it up online). When I answered, knowing some of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, they asked if I was Phillip. I asked him ...
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Is a debt collector allowed to make a hard inquiry on your credit report?

Under what circumstances is this permissible? What is the purpose of this anyways?
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What happens if a collector doesn't respond to a debt validation request?

After a debt collector sends you a notice, you have 30 days to respond. If you communicate to them that you want to have the debt validated and they haven't responded over a month later, either about ...
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Debt sold after 5 years in collections

So for a not so dumb reason 5 years ago I decided not to pay a utility bill (charged me $300 for 2.5 days of service when my normal bill was < $100). Fought with them back and forth and told them ...
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Can the IRS freeze a business Bank account?

My credit score is really bad, it used to be in the high 700s but is now about as bad as you can imagine. I owe a lot of debt including IRS, credit cards, banks, loans, etc. I now need to start a ...
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can the government or debt collectors garnish money from any bank account to which the debtor has access?

A trusted family member has access to my savings account. The savings account is mine, but the family member's name appears next to mine, which means that they are entitled to withdraw money from the ...
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How much time does a doctor's office have to collect balance from me?

Today I went to my old dentist and they told me I owe them $350 from from several visits three years ago (I switched to a different dentist for the past 3 years before switching back today). When I ...
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How do collection agencies work

I wanted to understand how companies decide to send accounts of customers to collections and then, how the collection agencies settle. My understanding was that in any company, that has receivables, ...
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Is it legal for debt collectors to send notices in an email?

As the title asks, is it legal for debt collectors to send notices in an email without a judge's prior approval? The location in question is Nebraska, USA. EDIT: The notice's request is only to ...
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Collections for Medical Bill - Pay Settlement or Full Amount?

I live in California, and I had an ER visit in November 2010. I originally owed ~$800. I've been contacted by a collection agency, and offered a settlement of ~$400 I have verified with the original ...
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Can I pay a collection agency in a way that will improve my credit score?

Finally, I've got cash in the bank. But this comes after a few years of building up a credit card debt of about $5,000 and not paying it off. A collection agency has come after me. I'm sure my ...
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What are remedies if a collection agency won't remove a false item from the credit report?

Through my ex-wife's shenanigans I've had an entry on my credit report for around $400 for about a year. I think she wrote a check on an account that we've once had together, but was closed in 2007. ...
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Debt Collection Agency wants $30 for an unpaid Newspaper subscription

I'm a college student in the United States, and for an Economics class I was taking I needed a subscription to the Wall Street Journal, so during the first class we filled out a subscription form with ...
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“Pay to Delete” letter for removing an entry from my credit report. Legit?

I am negotiating with a collection agency over payment of around $2500. Talking on the phone with them, it seems that I can't get an unequivocal "yes" to delete their entry from my credit report on ...
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If a debt collector offers to settle for substantially less than the owed amount, should the offer be accepted?

Someone I know has had an outstanding debt (almost $10,000) for a number of years. He recently got a letter from a debt collector saying that if he pays about $2,000 by the end of the month, the debt ...
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What recourse do I have when being harassed by a bill collector who has the wrong phone number? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to get rid of someone else's debt collector? I've recently started getting bill collector calls regarding a debt for someone I don't even know. I assume they ...
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What are my options to deal with Student Loan debt collectors?

I had about $16k in student loans. I defaulted on the loans, and they got passed to a collection type agency (EOSCCA). The collection agency tacked another $4k onto the loans. I spoke with a ...
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How to get rid of someone else's debt collector?

For the past three and a half years (as long as we've had this phone number -- a land line), we've been getting calls from debt collectors for the person who apparently used to have our number. The ...
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How badly does a collection account sent to the credit bureau hurt my credit score?

I'm a college graduate, home owner, and I have a decent credit score. I just received a letter from a collection agency claiming I owe upwards of $700 on a delinquent debt from an apartment I lived in ...
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How to protect myself from unethical business collecting on an invalid past due amount?

I had my car serviced by a local shop. I ultimately picked them because they were close and didn't really research their online reputation. Suffice it to say I was less than pleased. The car broke ...
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Do things really fall off a person's credit in seven years?

I'm looking to start repairing my wife's credit on which she has several credit cards from before we were married. These debts are reaching the 7 year window where I've heard things "fall off" your ...