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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 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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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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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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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 ...