i ordered all my credit reports last night and i plan to try to validate, once again, a debt that berks credit & collections never validated last year or the year before. i first was alerted to the alleged debt by seeing it on my credit reports, i was never contacted by the CA. after i sent a validation letter, berks sent me a generic initial contact letter that didn't have my name, account #, or any other identifying information. as a matter of fact, someone wrote SAMPLE across the page. yet they continue to list it on my credit report and the CRAs claim the debt was validated. i'll basically be starting from scratch, but i need to go further this time. i just don't know how far i need to go, who i need to cc on my correspondence, etc. any help will be appreciated.