originally posted by: Domo1
Do NOT go on a payment plan or anything. Every payment you make extends the statute of limitations.
If they contact your friend I believe you can sue them for sharing financial information.
Augustus is right, they'll probably take WAY less. Start low @ $250 and say you have to borrow from family.
successful contact with you wherein you acknowledge the debt also extends the statute of limitations.
i worked as a collector for wells fargo for one year,
collectors will often spout utter bull# in an attempt to intimidate you into paying, they will readily lie to you telling you of consequences which
are completely fabricated in order to persuade you into paying. if you ever have an issue with a collector and you actually do intend to pay
eventually, ask to speak to their supervisor, if they tell you they are the supervisor ask to speak to THEIR supervisor, the chain goes up pretty far
and you have a right to speak to those above them if they are giving you issue.
i also STRONGLY suggest you record every call you have with them, if they ever say something against the law (they often do) like a claim of a
consequence which is untrue (often) that recording of them saying that alone is enough to have the collection company completely waive your debt,
cause that is less costly for them then court proceedings for them over having said something they shouldnt have.
if they simply call you and achieve confirmed contact with you more then once per 7 days they have violated the law, debt collectors are restricted by
so many laws and acts they have to tread very carefully not to violate any, and they rarely make any effort to tread carefully, when i worked as a
collector i would hear my coworkers saying things that were illegal for them to say more then once a day, i thought this was amazing considering the
training for the position covered what was and wasnt legal EXTENSIVELY, its not that they dont know they shouldnt say it, in fact, they do it because
it works, and because the customer DOESNT know their rights, so they get away with it all the time, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! study the fair debt and
collections protection act and the like. know your rights, and youll find it rather easy to use it against them. if you do intend to pay part of it,
ask them about hard and soft dollars, hard dollars is what you owe them for product or services rendered, soft dollars is the fines interest and fee's
they attach to the debt, they are only able to effect your credit or tell of your debt to other companies over HARD dollars, if those are paid and
soft dollars is all that remains, then your standing can only be used against you by THAT company alone, meaning if your debt is with wells fargo over
an overdraft, pay for the money you overdrafted, not the overdraft fee, then wells fargo only has the power to refuse you service in the future, they
dont have the power to influence other banks to do the same.
that said they sometimes will make the effort to anyway, despite the fact it is illegal, and they can then be sued for damages and will always offer a
settlement, it is their primary option to settle, they rarely try to fight it in court, unless you refuse the settlement.
alternatively, if you decide you will not pay it and want to wait out the statute of limitations, you must never talk to them, if they ever call you
do not admit to being the person they are looking for, you tell them this is no longer his phone number and you do not know them, thats it, do no more
then that until the time is up. the amount of time depends on your state.
ETA- i was fired after a year because, and i qoute, "you are not mean enough" i have a backround of customer service and they told me not to treat the
job like that, the customer is the one owed the money(the bank), the people i spoke to on the phone is not the customer, despite them telling me to be
mean, i silently refused, i told them i would try, all the while i continued treating the caller as the customer, telling them their rights, telling
them their options, not pushing or trying to scare them into paying, accepting their response of unable to pay, telling them the true consequences and
how long that would effect them. THAT is why they fired me.
edit on 10/25/14 by pryingopen3rdeye because: (no reason given)