I see that BA sold the debt to Collectech, and its on my credit report. I sent a validation letter, and I got a letter back from COllectech dated 4/9/01 saying that "in accordance with FCRA, we have sent your dispute back to Bell Atlantic and await their response. All collection activity will cease until we hear from them." (This is a paraphrase, dont have the letter in front of me.) My question: Should I now pay the balance due, and hope that Bell Atlantic closes the matter once and for all, and Collectech removes the entry. It's a $142.00 bill, and I can afford to pay it. I just want the entry off my report. I'm not so concerned about getting out of the debt, and I dont want Bell Atlantic to turn around and sell it to another CA later on. Opinions? (I have done this successfully with a cable company and an old medical bill, all debts that were mine, and I was glad they were gone once and for all.) I havent heard back from Bell Atlantic since then, so I am wondering if that means a)they cant provide the validation info and therefore have to delete it, or b) they are searching for something to prove the debt and it is taking this long to find it. Thanks guys.