Skip to comments.1 in 3 U.S. adults have 'debt in collections'
Posted on 07/29/2014 8:00:25 AM PDT by TigerClaws
An estimated 1 in 3 adults with a credit history -- or 77 million people -- are so far behind on some of their debt payments that their account has been put "in collections."
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Great time to go to Chipotles and buy an overpriced chicken taco.
Put it on the MasterCard.
So them lawyers on TV say, they can make all that ‘collection’ hassle go away. In fact, if you hire them, you can throw all that debt away and as soon as you do, you get NEW offers for credit cards and such....aks them.
HOPE AND CHANGE
I hope I have more than just pocket change when this regime is finally finished
Its a tough Obamaeconomy.
But, so far, their reaction has just been to sell the debt to another agency who does likewise once they know the real story.
I guess someone’s playing with the numbers.
U hope you have sent them a cease and desist letter.
simple to do and puts you back into forsing Verizon to deal with you
That’s a standard type of collection debt. Phone companies are the worst.
I’ve done so and all it accomplished was having them sell the phony debt to yet another phony collection agency. Rinse and repeat.
We live in a consumer based economy. The cycle has to be kept alive or our economy will crash. Its insane but there you have it. When the credit is no longer available to people and they have used up all of their accumulated wealth we will finally have the crash.
Just now online renting a car at an airport location. Almost 40% of the total price are ‘fees and taxes’. Ripoff paying for services not rendered. Both govt and corporate suck the dollars away.
I got so many bills in collection due to medical and credit card bills. Now one of the cards is suing me but I am going to fight it. Also you should check the SOL on your debt. Perhaps they no longer have a legal right to claim that debt against you. I regret it but had no choice. I am on my own and getting injured meanwhile going back and forth with disability has allowed CC to snowball. By the time I return to work 7 months later, I was way behind that everything like I said snowball. It is very easy for others to criticize when they don’t know that person’s situation. Now I don’t deny there are others who just spend like crazy but I didn’t, I had to do what was needed to do to keep my head above waters.
But, so far, their reaction has just been to sell the debt to another agency who does likewise once they know the real story. “
AT&T has done the same thing with me except they say I didn’t cancel my contract renewal in time. Sent them a certified letter 30 days before the end date and have receipt saying they received. Latest company said I have to prove what was in the document they signed for - they say could have been a blank piece of paper for all they know. Bunch of shysters. I don’t answer calls any more and they just go to voice mail with no message left.
I am reasonably wealthy. I own my own home (no mortgage). And have lots in the bank. I have no loans of any kind. But I do have collection guys calling my house every day. I think there are about three or four of them.
The reason they are calling is because they say that I owe things I do not owe. Mostly medical bills are the cause. There are doctors and labs who make a deal with the insurance company and then want to charge me the difference between their deal and what they hope to get. This practice is against the law in Illinois where I live and other states.
But because most people pay these guys sooner or later they keep calling. One guy has been calling for 5 years. Thank god for cell phones and caller ID. We simply don’t use the house phone unless we know the caller. The house phone gets a lot of surveys and spam as well. Its really not very useful anymore.
So when they say that 35% of the population are in collections, I wonder how many really should be in collections. Older people especially, are likely to pay these guys. I never will. And last time I needed a house loan I got the lowest rate even with a $300 non payment on my credit report. I just told the loan officer I was never going to pay it. But I will never need a loan again. So they can’t really hurt me other than calling every day.
Next step: an enterprising Elizabeth Warren-type political charlatain organizes them into a debt cartel.
Capitalism, Game Over.
I know a 30 yr old who owes 80K!
and this is her 2nd go around, her parents paid off her 1st debt.
another 30ish girl I know also owes around 50K, and has gone bankrupt before.
I don’t live on credit so I don’t have these problems.
and yeah they are both huge fans of The One in the White Hut. Both have babies with no dads in sight too, come to think of it.
I’m one of the one-in-three because I thought we had a clear credit card. Zero balance. Then we got an automatic annual fee from Ancestry.com charged to the card and I didn’t realize it.
That $20 turned into $300 after six months and we had no idea until we got the call from a collection agency.
Oh! Here’s another good one. My daughter has been collecting the mail for the last three months. She thought my husband’s government credit card bill was junk and has been throwing them out. (He’s been traveling overseas for work.) I just caught her a week ago and she didn’t even believe me when I told her it was a bill.
I’ll bet that human error is responsible for about half of this statistic.
Then you are doing it correctly
and all you can do is keep doing it
a annoying as it is
but at least by doing it you make it a hassle for each collection agency
Verizon is a POS but eventually they will close this
Keep sending the letters
Not me !!
but then again,, I don’t have any cash in my wallet either...
We are among the lucky ones we have no credit card debt or debt of any kind but that does stop the robo calls daily about our *nonexistent “credit card debt”. They are driving me crazy!
[ Yet they keep voting for Democrats. ]
Because the dems want to steal other people’s money to bail them out of their bad life choices...
Exact same situation with me, only different phone company. U.S. Cellular in my case. They are all alike, lying, cheating thieves.
They gave up on me after 5 or 6 years of billing and threatening me. Yet another reason to never give your bank account routing number to anyone for "automatic bill pay".
The collection companies offer to settle for 10 cents on the dollar for something they bought for pennies on the dollar. You pay then they sell the remaining debt to another collection company which can be the same company but under another name then you start getting more letters asking you to settle again. BTW if you acknowledge them in anyway then they can now report you to credit agencies even if the debt is past the 7 years limit.
Minnesota sued one company and won a lot of money. These collection companies have multiple names.
Depending on your phone company, you may be able to block them.
See my number 26, they are truly all alike, lying, cheating, thieves.
Agreed. You can't even depend on your bank to close off these automatic payments if directed. Some will give you the runaround and claim they need sign off from the payee. Others will tell you that it takes a month or more to be effective.
If anyone has fallen in this trap, the safe thing to do is close the account and reopen another account (if you like the bank) or go elsewhere. They cannot automatically deduct from an account which does not exist.
You got it. If you decide to check out of the “responsible credit user” game, tell ALL of them to pound sand. Tell them if they show up to your door, you’ll give them one of two things: cash or the point of a gun.
I have tried to block them I just got a letter from the phone company telling me the calls I get are not illegal and they can’t do anything to stop them.
I recently rented a car for a week and 1/3 of the total was fees and taxes. Ridiculous.
Lotta bums out there. OTOH, many routine billing disputes get turned over to collection agencies.
I’m about to have this problem with Comcast. My wife called them 3 weeks ago and told them to cancel service at the end of the billing cycle. That would have been on the 27th. On the 28th, yesterday, I turned my “stuff” in to the cable company. The clerk looked up our account and it showed we had told them to stop the services on the 27th. But service hadn’t been stopped. Now they’re going to say I owe another day.
On top of that, the last bill they raised the fees by $24.00 without warning. That’s why we cancelled. I had mailed in the payment minus the $24.00. Now they say I owe the $24.00 PLUS another full month. I’m waiting for their bill then we’ll have it out.
When I was in the office there was another man cancelling his service. As he walked out I said “Free at last.” He said “Yes, I am. I think I’ll go buy a car.” Lots of people are dropping cable.
I have Time Warner digital phone, and you can block calls at your account site online. I also have Verizon cell phone service. I have a basic phone, no Smart phone, but can still block up to five phone numbers for a 90 day period at my Verizon account site online. I believe if you have a more intricate type of phone, you can block more calls.
I still have an old flip phone and I like it, not changing. The problem with blocking 5 numbers is that they call from a different numbers all the time.
What I often do is to push #1 for a real person and then I lay the phone down in front of the radio and I let them listen to Rush or Michael Berry or listen to country music , sometimes I make my dogs bark into the phone. Anything to waste their time.
Obama with his magic pen will ‘cancel’ your debt, but only if you sign on to vote Dem for life (and after death, too) .... You should be so grateful.
And somehow ‘savers’ will be punished because they unfairly took advantage over those unfortunate.
“You didn’t build that”, so you didn’t build your savings either.
I usually keep my phone ringer off, and just let it vibrate. I only answer calls from numbers I recognize. When I do get a call from a number I don’t know, I do a search for it online to see if other folks have gotten messages from them, and add them to my blocked numbers list on Verizon. The junk calls are few and far between for me, so it hasn’t been a big problem. Most of them don’t bother to leave a message either.
Does not take into account ID theft.
Fake ID fraud.
most collections and sellers use autodialers.
messages cause slowdown.
collection agent lie.
collection agents are not to be trusted.