Do I have any options with credit card debt that is now with a debt collector?

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Do I have any options with credit card debt that is now with a debt collector?

I received a letter from a 3rd party debt collector informing me of a debt from a credit card. This debt was charged off in 16 months ago according to my credit report. The SOL for GA is 4-6 years for such debt. Do I still send a debt validation letter since the SOL has not expired? From what I understand this agency loves to sue. I have only talked with them today only to ask that they stop calling my job. I did not discuss anything with them. What are my options?

Asked on August 22, 2011 Georgia

Answers:

J.V., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Good afternoon,

I am sorry to hear of your situation but your options are as follows:

1- you can attempt to settle the matter by working payments out with the collection agency. This will ensure no further action is taken to potentially damage your credit. You can also contest it with them if there is a valid reason to do so (i.e. not your debt, you never had the card etc, although your post leads me to believe it is yours)

2- You can always wait and see if the agency proceeds legally. if they do you can then either settle with the attorney or argue in court.

3- unfortunately no answer will be a magic wand wiping it away. But if you make an effort to address it the credit damage will be less than ignoring further.

Good luck


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