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Reapplying for same credit card after collections

My Amazon's Chase credit card bill was sent to collections in March 2019 due to some financial issues I had. I paid off the debt completely in collections and my credit rebounded. My credit card ...
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How many “Charge Offs” can a company put on a single debt?

A while ago I took out a loan and couldn't pay it off due to loosing my job. I got another job, and before I could start making payments, a collections agency called me up about the loan. I paid it ...
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Identity Theft: Counterfeit Checks but no Traceable Bank Account

I've been dealing with an ongoing identity theft problem for the past 4 months. Back in March, somebody stole my wallet at a restaurant and it was returned to me by the staff completely empty. All I ...
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How can one be financially devastated by unsecured debt?

My question is theoretical, I don't understand why people say that big piles of debt are dangerous. If one has a lot of unsecured debt and ends up defaulting on it then one does not even have to ...
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Disputing a collection on an account that is current, but the collection agency wants the original debt amount

I have a surgery bill (Original Balance: $2,757) that I have been paying off for the past 2 years with auto-drafted monthly payments. Every month on the 1st a payment was auto-drafted from my checking ...
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Debt collection payment

In 2016, I rented a apartment for my then boyfriend.I was living at my parent's house and only stayed at that apartment from time to time.Long Story short, he failed to pay one month rent, I got ...
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Comcast Sent Me to Collections

Long story, but I will try to shorten it. I have been a Comcast customer for two years in the regions (northwest Indiana) for approximately two years before all this happened. For the past year, my ...
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If I really did owe the bank a billion dollars, what would happen? [closed]

There's a saying that goes like "If you owe the bank $100 dollars, that's your problem; if you owe the bank $100 million, that's the bank's problem." Let's adjust for inflation and say that I owe the ...
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Urgently need pre-paid debit card to pay debt collector

I owe a sum of a few thousand dollars to a debt collector. I've already gone through the steps of getting a confirmation of the debt and it is a debt I know I'm accountable for. I need to pay this ...
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Impact on credit score of paying off a debt very late

We went through a rough patch a few years ago after a disabling accident and got behind on some payments. When things turned around, we squared our accounts with our creditors and our credit report is ...
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What happens to small bills if they are unpaid?

I understand that bills are sold to collection agencies if they are unpaid. But what about very small bills then? For example, say if there is a bill of less than $10.00, will the company bother to ...
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Medical bill sent straight to collection agency

I was very surprised to receive a letter from a collection agency regarding a medical bill incurred during my wife's pregnancy last year. We never received any correspondence via mail, e-mail, or ...
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How to collect a judgement in Maryland?

I have a $30,000 judgement against an individual in the State of Maryland. The case was adjudicated in Small Claims Court in Maryland. I'd like to collect the judgement but the individual is not ...
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Negotiating with a collections agency to remove a valid, small debt from credit report

I just found out that my wife had a debt from a doctor related to our recent pregnancy go to collections. I found out because credit monitoring picked it up - I haven't heard from a collections ...
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Is there a prescription/stipulated time for an invoice to be collected?

Is there a time frame to collect an invoice? I have a client I need to collect a bill from. They are always making excuses. Do I have a time frame to collect the bill? Does the debt have a ...
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Does deleting a tradeline mean the account is wiped from credit report

A collections agency wrote: Within approximately 30 days of your final payment successfully posting, we will request that the three major credit reporting agencies delete our tradeline related to ...
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Credit card debt

A Russian-Norwegian dual nationality person I know took up 20000 pounds of credit card loans in Norway. He then went back to Russia and has lived there for 1 year now. He has not heard anything yet. ...
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Does not paying a collections company affect credit score?

From a discussion in comments, a question came up. For the purpose of this question, all I care about is my credit score. I got a credit card, used it and did not pay it back. The credit card ...
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Should I pay off a credit card or a collection balance first?

I have a collection and a credit card with roughly the same balance. I received a bonus and I am able to pay off one of them completely. Which is more beneficial to pay off first?
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Improving credit: what should I do about very old debt; ignore, settle, or pay it in full?

I have about $6,000 of very old debt. It went into collections about 3 years ago when I was in college. Today I have a good job, and I am thinking about the future. I am now interested in improving ...
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How to negotiate a debt in collections?

I have a debt that has been in collections for a significant period of time (>10 years). The debt is from a college loan that defaulted when the lender (a private school) didn't send the deferment ...
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I co-signed on an apartment for a now ex-boyfriend who refuses to pay. What can I do?

I co-signed on an apartment with my ex-boyfriend when I was 18 and he was 21. We broke up. I am now 26 and it has been in collections for years. He refuses to help pay the debt. I am now stuck with ...
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Student loans paid already but collection agency claiming loans are in default

I paid off my student loans via pay garnishments and the IRS taking 3 to 4 years of my tax refunds. Unfortunately, I have moved 5 times in last 2 years and I cannot find my files confirming this. ...
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Does an unpaid medical bill that is sent to collections have any adverse affect besides affecting the credit score?

I know that an unpaid medical bill affects the credit score if it is sent to collections. But is there any more adverse affect that it creates?
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Can a sole proprietorship start a debt collection business

Can I buy bad debt under a sole proprietorship? I've considered the costs of an LLC versus a sole proprietorship. However to dig deeper, I am unaware on "who can buy debt", and where to find these ...
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Original creditor forwarding payments to collection agency

In 2017 I had back surgery performed at an orthopedic specialist surgery center. During the billing process I set up auto-draft for all of the bills so that I would not have to worry about missing a ...
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14 year old charge on utility bill

I recently bought a house and signed up for utilities. I then go to sign up for automatic payments on their webpage, and it says I owe over $400 from when my account was last active in 2004. I know ...
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Do I need to get it in writing when paying off collections accounts?

I have a credit card in collections with a balance of $1972. I will be able to pay this off in a couple of weeks. I have read a lot of articles that say that I can negotiate to have the balance ...
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Medical bill with wrong name sent to collections

A few weeks after my wife gave birth, the medical bills started rolling in. One of them was addressed to "BB Last Name)." Our last name is not common but there are other people in our city with the ...
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Better to pay debt collectors or original provider?

I was having a conversation with a colleague about repairing credit. He believes if you have a debt that went to collection, that it's best to pay the original provider of the goods or services. ...
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What is the most efficient way to dispute an invalid collection on a credit report?

I had a surgery and a ton of medical issues. All but one thing went through insurance. The healthcare provider for that one thing went straight to collections. I contacted them, and my insurance ...
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Potential debt collection scam from National Credit Systems?

Yesterday I received a letter in the mail from an organization called National Credit Systems. In the letter, they say that I owe them $230 to the apartment manager that I rented from 3 years ago. I ...
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Collections account on one credit report yet CreditKarma reports my scores are almost the same. Why?

I've been fighting with the credit reporting agencies to get an incorrect collections account removed from my report. Two of the three have complied, but TransUnion is being very stubborn. It's been ...
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Can credit card debt be negotiated?

A family member with Credit Card Debt has missed a few payments. The bank sent a letter saying that they would be willing to settle for 20% less of the current debt. Question: Can the debt be ...
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Can a bill be sent to a third-party debt collector at any time?

Bob lives in the United States. A business billed Bob. Can the business send the bill to a third-party debt collector at any time? (e.g., does the business have to wait a certain amount of time? ; ...
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When does a debt collection affect one's credit score in the United States?

Bob lives in the United States. Bob didn't pay for a bill, and the bill was sent to a third-party debt collector. When will it start affecting Bob's credit score? For example, will Bob's credit score ...
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Why would a lien appear on a mortgage after 17 years?

I have a 30 year, fixed rate mortgage from the year 2000. I have never missed a payment and don't have any other debt. A couple of months ago, I a got a letter sent by a company I never heard of (...
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Multiple credit cards for one debt? [closed]

Scenario: A person owes $30,000 in school debt to a single entity. The person also has THREE credit cards. Each month, the person pays $500 using credit card 1 towards the debt and $50 (minimum fee) ...
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Collections calling thanks to BioLife. Is this a scam?

My father just received a phone call from collections saying he owes $650 for a product he purchased in 2015. We thought it was a scam call at first but they seemed to have his personal information ...
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How does “debt prescription” work in America (Utah if that matters)? [closed]

When googling for "debt prescription" I get a lot of hits in South Africa. Is it called something else in US English? And to the point, how does it work in America? Specifically contracts such as "...
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Debt sent to collections while still attempting to solve with vendor

In California, can personal debt be sent to collections while you are still engaging in a potential resolution with the vendor? Example: communication with the vendor towards a solution is moving, ...
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Old collection keeps resurfacing on my credit

[This question is very similar to Credit Report debt expiration limit: original creditor vs. Collection, but I'm solely concerned with the 7-year FCRA rule and my ability / legal right, or lack ...
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How to Dispute a Medical Bill that Went to Collections

I had a 2-hour ER visit for a biking accident at an out-of-network location in 2014, and provided the insurance information at check-in. Four months later the hospital and the doctors (charging ...
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Received debt collection notice regarding unpaid college course

A couple years ago, I took a college course at a community college that would transfer to my University. After a week, I simply stopped attending, and didn't return the book I had rented from them. ...
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How to deal with the credit card debt from family member that has passed away?

My father recently passed away and had some considerable amount of debt on his credit cards. House and credit card were in the deceased’s name only. The state that is happening in is New Jersey. In ...
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Disputed bill awaiting response sent to collection agency

I have a family member who disputed a medical bill she received in April. Essentially, the provider billed for a code that indicated it was a 30-minute visit, instead of 5. Upon receiving the bill, ...
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Do I still need to pay college I owe money to even when they are no longer operating/shutdown?

Few years ago I attended this college in NH, USA. I owed them about $5,000 for courses and housing. Since I couldn't afford to pay for the next semester, I stopped going to that school. About 4 ...
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Contacted by a debt collection agency in Netherlands but I have practically never been there

I live in Italy, and over the past few weeks I have been finding missed calls by a phone number from the Netherlands; since I have a relative that works there my first thought was that the number ...
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Best way to deal with a $2700 Collection for unpaid apartment expenses

I am looking to rent a townhome and I have a credit score of 762. Over a month ago I got a notice about a new account on my credit report, so I look into it. $2800 collections notice from an ...
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Payment plan with bank or negotiate with collection agency?

If I have a credit card bill that's months over due, I assume my credit is already shot because of the bill being overdue. The bank sent a notice that if I don't respond within a certain amount of ...