Problems with Telecheck
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  1. #1
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    Problems with Telecheck

    I tried to write a check at my local grocery store two weeks ago and it was declined. I was totally surprised because I have written several checks to this grocery store (Martin's) in the last few months and none had bounced. When I asked what the problem was, they handed me a slip of paper with Telecheck's number on it. After calling Telecheck, I was told that I had a bad check debt listed with CF Data, who is trying to collect a debt owed to Country Bank National Money Service, a company I had never heard of and definitely never written a check to. The bad check was written in 2000, over three years ago, and has suddenly started to appear on Telecheck's file.

    I wrote letters to Telecheck and CF Data, requesting that they investigate this debt and stating that it was not mine, and that they provide me with evidence that this was my debt. On Saturday, I received a form letter back from Telecheck which stated the following:

    "Please be advised that a reinvestigation of the disputed debt attributed to the above-referenced individual has been completed, and it has been determined that information received from the original furnisher of information by Telecheck is:

    X Accurate. Therefore, Telecheck will retain this information in its records.

    No information was provided as to how they went about investigating this entry, and no copies of anything (original check, etc.). I am really frustrated, because this means I can no longer write a check at any establishment that uses Telecheck as a check validation service, and THIS IS NOT MY DEBT! Has anyone had a similar experience with Telecheck, and/or does anyone know how I should proceed with this? I am going to follow up with a second letter to both CF Data and Telecheck, requesting again that they provide me with supporting documentation of this bad check, but I'm afraid that I will just get another form letter back with the same results. BTW, CF Data, who I think is a collection agency, has not responded to my first letter at all. I need to know what kind of verbiage to put in my letters to persuade them to either provide me with documentation of this bad check debt, or remove the entry.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  2. #2
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    Problems with Telecheck

    I NEED MORE THAN YOUR STATEMENT THAT IT IS ACCURATE

    I need a copy of the check

    If it is my debt, I also need the original check presented to me upon payment

    I CAN NOT TAKE YOUR WORD FOR IT THAT IT IS ACCURATE WITH-OUT ANY PROOF!!!

  3. #3
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    Problems with Telecheck

    I'm not an expert on this, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but here's my take...

    Telecheck is basically a CRA in this case like TransUnion or Equifax. They're just reporting information from their subscribers, in this case, CF Data. Just like you can't contact Equifax and ask them to provide you with a copy of your signed contract for a credit card you won't be able to get validation of the debt or a copy of the check from Telecheck. If you dispute with them it would be just like disputing with a CRA... all they do is go to the original source and ask them to verify the information. Since CF Data has already indicated to Telecheck that they believe the information is correct I don't think you'll be able to get much further with Telecheck at this point.

    What you need to do is get in touch with CF Data and see what they have to say. Personally I would suggest contacting them by phone first to see what you can learn. Some people here would recommend against that saying that you need to have a paper trail, but I think this may be able to be resolved quickly over the phone... just call them and ask what's going on here. If you don't get anywhere on the phone, or you'd rather leave a paper trail then start with a letter. The standard validation letter for CA's here is probably a good start, but you might have to modify it slightly. Send it CRRR and if you don't get a response in 30 days then send another.

    If you still get no response after two letters, then you might want to go back to Telecheck and tell them that you've been trying to get in touch with CF data and they're ignoring you letters. Tell them that because of this you can only assume that you have no obligation to CF Data and ask telecheck to remove the information from your file.

    HTH and good luck,
    Brett

  4. #4
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    Re: Problems with Telecheck

    Originally posted by BrettS
    I'm not an expert on this, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but here's my take...

    Telecheck is basically a CRA in this case like TransUnion or Equifax. They're just reporting information from their subscribers, in this case, CF Data. Just like you can't contact Equifax and ask them to provide you with a copy of your signed contract for a credit card you won't be able to get validation of the debt or a copy of the check from Telecheck. If you dispute with them it would be just like disputing with a CRA... all they do is go to the original source and ask them to verify the information. Since CF Data has already indicated to Telecheck that they believe the information is correct I don't think you'll be able to get much further with Telecheck at this point.

    What you need to do is get in touch with CF Data and see what they have to say. Personally I would suggest contacting them by phone first to see what you can learn. Some people here would recommend against that saying that you need to have a paper trail, but I think this may be able to be resolved quickly over the phone... just call them and ask what's going on here. If you don't get anywhere on the phone, or you'd rather leave a paper trail then start with a letter. The standard validation letter for CA's here is probably a good start, but you might have to modify it slightly. Send it CRRR and if you don't get a response in 30 days then send another.

    If you still get no response after two letters, then you might want to go back to Telecheck and tell them that you've been trying to get in touch with CF data and they're ignoring you letters. Tell them that because of this you can only assume that you have no obligation to CF Data and ask telecheck to remove the information from your file.

    HTH and good luck,
    Brett
    CF DATA never responded to the consumer...I "THOUGHT" that was a good reason to work with TELECHECK...

    I'm not a BOUNCED CHECK EXPERT...

    I would NOT know if I had anything on TELECHECK since I don't use checks at ANY BUSINESS!!!

    Although a PIZZA store when my wife called for PIZZA said they told her she could NOT write a check...LIKE WE WOULD WRITE A CHECK ANYWAY!!!

    I called some CHECK SECURITY for the PIZZA JOINT...they asked for my phone number...name etc...I said I couldn't write a bad check for pizza...I USE CREDIT CARDS!!!
    She asked how long I had this phone number...since 1989!!!

    She said "sorry...we will remove it"...I SAID I DON'T REALLY CARE SINCE I ONLY USE CREDIT CARDS...BUT I THINK YOU BETTER DO A BETTER JOB WITH CONFIRMING THAT SOMEBODY AT AN ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER REALLY DID BOUNCE A CHECK!!!

  5. #5
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    Re: Re: Problems with Telecheck

    Originally posted by GEORGE
    CF DATA never responded to the consumer...I "THOUGHT" that was a good reason to work with TELECHECK...

    I'm not a BOUNCED CHECK EXPERT...
    I'm not an expert either, but like I said, I think that requesting validation from Telecheck would be the same as requesting validation from Equifax... it's just not gonna happen because they don't have that information. I think that in this case he has to treat CF Data just like a CA that didn't respond to a validation letter.

    Brett