“Debt Collectors And The Games They Play II”

Written by admin on December 6th, 2010

Many debt collectors are notorious for profiting from people that are struggling to pay their debt. They take advantage of the fact that most debtors don’t know their rights regarding the collection of a debt.

If you are in default(delinquent) with one or more of your debts, please take a few minutes of your time to understand your rights as a debtor. It will save you much heartache. See What The Debt Collectors Don’t Want You To Know. This is a simple- to- understand article that explains the set of laws that the federal government established to protect the rights of consumers.

Many Debt Collectors Inject Fear As Their Primary Weapon

Many debt collectors will do almost anything to get a debtor to pay a debt. The following are several of the many possible lies and deceits that the debt collectors utilize:

informing the debtor that if the debt isn’t paid in full, they will repossess his home or auto.
scaring children by telling them that their parents will go to jail if they don’t put them on the phone!
threatening a debtor to pay an old debt that she is no longer legally responsible to pay, or a debt that isn’t her’s.
unlawfully discussing an unpaid debt to a debtor’s family member other than his spouse; discussing the unpaid debt with a neighbor or the debtor’s employer.
calling during prohibited hours.

Protect Yourself By Knowing Your Rights

Credit card debt is unsecured. This means that your creditors don’t have any collateral for the credit that they extend to you. They cannot: repossess or make you sell any of your assets in order for you to pay your debt. This includes your home, car, or savings/investments. Furthermore, they cannot garnish your wages or send you to prison!

In order for the debtor to buy more time, or not being held liable to pay the debt, he may demand that the debt collector validate the debt. This means that the debt collector must prove that the debt attempting to be collected is actually his legal responsibility.

A copy of the original contract with his signature must be delivered to the debtor. If the debt collector cannot, or will not provide him with a copy of the original contract, by law, the debt collector may no longer collect on that debt. Therefore, the debtor is no longer responsible to ever pay the debt. Also, the credit bureaus must delete the negative account from the consumer’s credit file. As a result, his credit score will raise.

Outwit The Debt Collectors At Their Own Game!

Debt collectors are like flies. You swat them, but they still keep coming back. They will try to fill your head with lies and scare tactics in the hopes that you will pay the debt in full.

Debt Collectors are also like detectives. Their goal is to elicit incriminating information. Armed with that information, they can use it as leverage and threaten to sue you. Or, they will try to make you feel guilty to a point where you agree to immediately pay them in full. Remember, you may not even be legally responsible for paying your debt in full, or at all.

When they call, you may tell them that you are making a written request for them to validate the debt that they are trying to collect. Don’t acknowledge that the debt is yours.Then immediately hang up the phone. Don’t allow them further discussion. There’s nothing to be gained but a headache if you continue to speak with them.

After your request for validation, the debt collectors most likely will know that you are no pushover. They probably will assume that you know your rights. Future debt collection calls should decrease, or diminish.

Another effective technique is to simply change your phone number. What’s more, you can order a privacy manager from your phone company for about – per month. This is a screening device that automatically directs calls that aren’t on your ” preselected list of contacts” to voice mail. Convenient, huh?

In addition, if they call your place of employment, you can legally tell them not to call there, as your employer doesn’t allow personal calls, or that it’s an inconvenient place to discuss business.

Last, you may send the debt collectors a Cease and Desist notice. This letter will prohibit the debt collectors from future communications with you, with the exception of a) the debt collector informing you that further efforts to collect the debt are being terminated. b) notify you that specific remedies may be used to collect the unpaid debt, e.g. filing a lawsuit. c) notify you that specific remedies will be used to collect the unpaid debt.

A professional debt negotiation company will provide written correspondence on your behalf, in order to communicate with your creditors. Many of these form letters are prepared by attorneys.

The letters will inform your debt collectors that you are saving for a settlement offer. This can buy you time so that the debt settlement company can devise a strategy for negotiating your debts.

You are now armed with the basic knowledge that you need in order to handle the debt collectors. I hope this article is helpful to you. Good Luck!  To discover the fastest method of eliminating your debt, please visit us at http://debtfreesolutions.mobi

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