It will soon be 6 months that I have stopped making payments to BofA on a $42,000 balance which was mainly used for a balance transfer from different accounts over a year ago. They raised the rate and payments and could not afford it anymore since I haven’t been making money. I hired a lawyer a month ago to work with them on a settlement. He has had a very difficult time getting connected with them. 2 weeks ago, they sent me a letter to settle for $32,000 and my lawyer sent them a counter letter for $10,000 but no answer. Today I received a letter asking for a minimum payment or to call them for a payment arrangement since the account is seriously past due.
I am so confused about 2 contradicting letters. Once to settle and one to pay the minimum balance. I also called them 3 weeks ago and gave them my lawyer’s information so he can handle the calls. Is this a trick? Why is BofA still contacting me and ignoring his calls? I would appreciate your help since I am getting worried now.
I’m not surprised by their approach. You’ve got a couple of different departments at Bank of America communicating with you and it’s fractured. Bank of America isn’t the only one to do this. I remember a consumers that once called Capital One to offer $35,000 on a $43,000 balance and they refused. When he got home there was an offer in his mailbox from Capital One to settle it for $15,000. Logic and creditors don’t always go together.
It feels like you are a bit all over the place on this. We need to pick an approach. If you are going to pay for a professional to handle this for you then let them handle it. If you want to do it yourself there are good programs out there that can help you for not a big fee.
I’ll email some of those companies and ask them to come and comment on this question for you and share their wisdom and experience.
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