Debt Buyers Keep Selling My Debt And I’m Being Sued

“Dear Steve, I recently attended at Case Conference Meeting at my local courthouse for an old credit card debt and judgement. Prior to the conference I contacted the attorney (listed on court docket) representing the debt buyer and was informed the attorney no longer represented the firm and it now with a new debt buyer. … Read more

Four Magic Words to Get Out of a Debt Collector Lawsuit

What I’m about to offer you can be used for good as well as evil so please use this information responsibly. Additionally, I always urge all of my readers to consult with an attorney licensed in their state for legal advice. I am not a lawyer. But over the decades I’ve been helping people with … Read more

How to Deal With Debt Collectors or Debt Buyers

This guide will give you some fabulous resources for dealing with debt collectors, debt collection, and debt buyers. There are two ways to approach being in collections. Most approach it with fear and stress. A few learn how to deal with it in the right way, with education and a positive attitude. A positive attitude? … Read more

How to Defend Yourself If You Are Sued by a Debt Buyer

I’d love to take credit for the tips that are made here but Peter Holland of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is the one that deserves the credit for writing a fantastic paper outlining the process. Holland provides amazing advice here and I wish we’d see more such academic papers … Read more

Most Lawsuits for Credit Card Debt Are Flawed and Defective. Fight Back And You Could Win.

Thanks to Jessica Silver-Greenberg from the New York Times we get a great look inside the credit card lawsuits that are rolling out today, and they reek. Judges interviewed for the piece say that if consumers actually appeared in court, they might actually win many of these suits because the debt buyers suing can’t actually … Read more

Tennessee Protects Citizens From Debt Collectors. Arizona Serves Them Up.

A recent court case in Tennessee went all the way to the State Appeals Court. In this case the court ruled that debt collectors and secondary debt buyers need actual proof of the debt owed before they can recover it. The case involved LVNV Funding, Resurgent Capital and Sherman Financial Group. “In December 2009, Plaintiff/Appellee … Read more

Can a Purchaser of My Debt Charge Me Anything They Want? – Louise

“Dear Steve, I turned over one of my credit card debts to a debt negotiation company. I currently checked my credit report and this credit card shows status of closed. Write off of $xxxx. A credit collection company now shows up on my report as a debt purchase account – and has $xxxx – $100 … Read more

Am I Legally Obliged to Pay Security Credit Services that Bought My Debt? – Julie

I have debt with Wells Fargo, I’ve received a court summons from an Attorney’ Office which is representing a company called “Security Credit Services, LLC” which must have bought my debt from Wells Fargo. I do admit that I had a loan from Wells Fargo some time ago and ran into some hard financial times … Read more

A Paper Worth Reading: Robo-Signing and Lack of Proof in Debt Buyer Cases

Here is a great research paper worth reading. It certainly helps to focus the robo-signing issues we’ve all heard about with mortgages to a problem that debt relief providers will need to deal with. For a while we’ve talked about the issue of a debt relief provider that either sets up a payment plan or … Read more

The Power of Debt Validation in Stopping the Robo-Signing Debt Collector

The following guest post was contributed by Michael Bovee of Consumer Recovery Network. If you would like to contribute a guest post, click here. In the wake of robo-signing scandals involving home foreclosures across the country come the reports of similar behavior by debt buyers who file court actions in order to collect on delinquent … Read more

Courts Slammed With Automated Debt-Collection Lawsuits

It is not unusual for me to hear from people in the debt relief world, “Oh the creditor won’t want to sue the consumer, it costs the creditor money.” I chuckle inside when I hear that. It’s so not true. While that might be logical, logic and creditors have never walked hand-in-hand. Out of New … Read more

Phantom Debts Come Back to Life. It’s Alive!

The problem of zombie debts, that’s debts that come back to life, is well known. What is becoming more of a problem is what happens when an old debt has been sold, sold, and sold again. The current debt buyer can’t really prove they own the debt at all. In fact just recently we published … Read more

There’s Big Bucks in Bad Debts

For decades, credit-card companies and other firms would eventually give up after attempting to collect from deadbeat customers. Now, companies are packaging and selling many of those overdue accounts for pennies on the dollar to debt collectors. The collectors then aggressively pursue the debtors to repay, or they turn around and resell those same debts … Read more