Date Received: 2018-09-19T00:00:00
Product: Credit card debt
Issue: Attempts to collect debt not owed
Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided
Consumer Complaint: My husband XXXX XXXX XXXX passed away on XX/XX/2016. We were separated at the time for XXXX years and he resided at XXXX XXXX XXXX, XXXX XXXX Maryland at the time of his death. I received his letter from the Collection Agency in care of XXXX XXXX XXXX, The XXXX XXXX stating they wanted to make a settlement of his debt. Since we had been married for XXXX years, separated for XXXX years, all of our debt had been in each of our own names, other than our home, which we did a deed in lieu of foreclosure. I did not know which debts my husband had, never signed my name on any of them, and have never been responsible for paying any of them. The same goes for me. I have my own debt, including my own XXXX XXXX card. Now, these people want me to pay for his debt. This is totally unfair on several accounts, I never signed my name on any of his bills, never used any of his credit, didn’t know what credit he even had. My credit has always been important to me, and now while trying to keep my own credit cleaned, his bills are now coming in for me to pay, and are being placed on my credit report and they are using my address. I have sent letters to 3 of them, informed all of the banks, and now after 2 years, they are trying to collect from me. XXXX was the primary bread owner while we married, even then, we were responsible for our own debt. In addition, my deceased husband, never lived with me at my current address, nor I at his current address.
Company: SYNCHRONY FINANCIAL
State/Zip: MD 207XX
Company Response to Complaint: Closed with explanation
Was Company Response Timely: Yes
Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A
Complaint ID: 3023869
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