Are creditors calling you at all times of the day and night? Are you embarrased by collections agencies calling your workplace? You don't have to put up with it!
Federal law prohibits creditors from taking certain actions in attempting to collect debts. A creditor has the right to call or contact you if you are delinquent in your payments, but they must do so within the guidelines of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act FDCPA.
Follow these 2 easy steps to stop creditor calls once and for all:
1. Submit a letter to the creditor demanding that they do not call you. To do so, you will need the address of the creditor. If you do not have a recent statement or letter with that information, you may need to call the creditor or go online.
Simply state that you intend to repay this debt (unless you are going to dispute it), but are not in a financial position to do so at this time. State that you do not want them to call you at home or at work about this matter anymore and that if they do so, you intend to contact the Federal Trade Commission FTC and the Attorney General in the state where you reside.
2. Send the letter by certified mail, but make sure you keep a copy for you file. It is worth the small fee to pay for a “return receipt” so that you can prove that they received the letter.
It's that simple. The creditor may only contact you once again to state that they will not contact you again or that they intend to take action such as filing a claim for a lawsuit.
Sending the letter does not get rid of the debt, but it should stop the collector for calling for a few months at least. When a collection agency fails to collect a debt for their client (Citi, Chase, etc.) within 90-180 days, most creditors will take that account back and send it to a different collection agency. If this happens, you may need to repeat the process with the new collector.