A final clarification

Discussion in 'Credit Talk' started by Shirley, Apr 6, 2001.

  1. Shirley

    Shirley Well-Known Member

    At the risk of drawing the ire of those who feel I disbelieve them, please understand that this nothing could be further from the truth. This is like Chinese to me and I want to be absolutely positive that I'm using the right approach.

    I have a letter from a collection agency asking for payment on an account that does NOT appear on any of my credit reports.

    In the event that I'm sued for this debt, I have absolutely NO records to prove that the SOL has run out (even though I'm sure the SOL has indeed run out). Since it does not appear on any of my reports, there is no date of last activity to refer to.

    Because of this lack of documentation, would I be better off to send a Validation letter to the collection agency first or just go ahead with a C&D. If I send the C&D and they reply that they will sue me, do they have to Validate the debt before they sue and send me copies of the Validation?

    Thanks very much.
  2. Bigun

    Bigun Guest

    And, it buys you more time! Time is your best friend. Collection industry figures state that if a debt is 24 months old they collect on average 7.5 cents on the dollar. As old as your account seems to be, the more you can age it, the better chance you have they will just fade away.
  3. Shirley

    Shirley Well-Known Member

    Thanks very much. I am going to mail the letter first thing Monday morning. I'll keep you posted.

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