When A Debt Collection Company Is Wrong
Today we are going to tell you a little story about John who recently had an interesting and frustrating experience with a debt collection agency. John’s story may be unique and not every reader will be able to relate, however the principles are true and worthy of giving your attention to.
John Smith got a call one day from a debt collection company stating that John had a past due amount he owed to a local cable provider. John was confused as to how he could have such a bill. John had recently moved into his childhood home and had never had any sort of account with the cable company in question. The debt collection agency didn’t want to hear any excuses from John and called him a liar and stated that he owed them $175.
John hung up the phone with the company and after a couple of days he forgot about the situation.
Two months later John went online to check his credit report and found that there was a negative claim on his account that shouldn’t be there. After some investigating John realized it was that mysterious cable company bill. John called the debt collection company and tried to find out more information. It turned out that John’s grandfather had opened the account and the final bill was never paid after his grandfather had passed away years ago. The issue was that John shared the same name of his grandfather and now john was living in his grandfather’s old house, so there was virtually no way to distinguish between John and his grandfather.
John talked to every manager at the debt collection agency he could find but no one was willing to help him. He finally called the cable company and went through their channels to try and find someone that could help. The cable company wanted John to submit a death certificate for his grandfather proving John was telling the truth! After more and more digging and talking to more and more managers, John finally asked the manager to check when the account was opened. They found it had been opened in 1995 when John would have only been 7 years old. The manager apologized for the mistake and immediately removed everything from their system. John’s credit still took a minor hit but that will soon recover.
The point of this story is that you should never allow a debt collection agency to push you around or harass you. If there has been a mistake on your credit report you need to spend some time and dig to find out what the mistake is so you can correct the issue and fix the situation. Most debt collection agencies will not assist you and most companies will not immediately correct the issue unless they have proof. You have to work to prove that their reporting is inaccurate. So don’t get upset if something is wrong on your credit report. Just work a little bit harder and find the mistake and then contact the company with the correct information!
Remember, with FIRMS we are here to help you with any financial or debt related questions you might have! Don’t hesitate to contact and let us know how FIRMS can help you!
Nobody wants to get a notification from a debt collection agency that they have an outstanding debt, even if it’s from an amazing debt collection company such as FIRMS (we’re a little bias). Nonetheless, we at FIRMS have written a post to help you plan for your financial future and avoid falling into unnecessary debt.
Life can bring a variety of uncertain twists and turns and without being properly prepared for those funny little bumps in the road we can find ourselves struggling to financially handle them. When life brings those twists and turns and we are unable to financially pay for them, we can begin a life of debt in order to cover our unexpected bills. However, establishing a proper savings account can help us avoid going into unnecessary debt and can keep us financially liquid and stable for the rest of our lives.
There are 4 main twists and turns that can cause us to go into debt if we are not prepared.
- Unexpected Medical Bills.
- Sudden loss in employment.
- Significant life changes.
Most of these financial hiccups can be handled without being forced into debt if we are properly prepared and we can properly prepare by simply saving money. Some experts suggest having three months of expenses in your checking account at any given time along with having a separate emergency fund in order to be adequately prepared.
If you don’t have any form of savings for those emergencies and unexpected financial burdens in life, we suggest starting with a basic emergency fund where you will save $1,000. Saving an initial $1,000 is important because it will help you focus on putting money away and it won’t make the process of saving seem so daunting.
Once you have your initial $1,000 emergency fund saved you can begin setting more money aside to build your main fund of having two-three months of expenses saved and available, should you experience a sudden financial burden.
We have 5 top ways to start saving money today.
- Set a budget…AND STICK TO IT. Don’t allow yourself to deviate from your budget once it’s set.
- Don’t stress spend. Most of us tend to make little purchases whenever we want to or when things get stressful but those purchases can add up fast!
- Eat out less and cook more. Going out to restaurants for your meals can get expensive, especially if you’re doing it more than once a day. Start cooking your meals at home, it will save money and bring your family closer together too.
- Save anything and everything. You found an extra $3 in the laundry? Put in your savings account instead of spending it. No matter how big or small the amount is, put it in your savings account, you’ll be amazed how fast your savings account can reach your goal.
- Wait 30 days before making a significant, non-essential purchase. Thinking of buying that new $60 video game? Wait 30-days. You’re less likely to make those insignificant purchases after 30 days and those $60 video games can add up fast and keep you from reaching your savings goals.
Saving money for unexpected life events and bills can be fun and easy when you put your mind to it. Don’t be intimidated by the number you need to save, start saving now and you’ll be surprised at how quickly you reach your goals. Your future self will thank you for it.