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Credit Debt Collectors

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Most of irresponsible credit users who have once collected unmanageable credit card debt, know what it feels like being persecuted by debt collectors. In order to have you pay the bills, they get you at your house, break your home phone and even follow you wherever you go. Debt collection agencies are intended to knock out the money owed on your credit card deal by any possible means.

Sometimes the means are quite illegal and, as a full-right credit consumer, though indebted, you need to know your rights and protect them. For this, you need to be just a step ahead of the debt collector...

So, how can you get armed against the collectors' abusive actions? The best way to do it is to get to the bottom of their thoughts. But before that, make sure that you really cannot cope with the debt yourself and your credit card company doesn't want to negotiate.

In fact, it is not impossible to make a deal with your credit company before they hand over your debt to the collection agencies. In the long run it is more beneficial for the creditor to lower the interest rate on your credit card deal because in this case there are more chances you will pay at least something back.

If you fail in the negotiation, be ready to face the debt collector. So, what is the collector's most frequently used strategy? They reach you through your home phone or come directly to your house. What do they usually say? The collectors threaten to take you to a lawsuit or to confiscate your assets.

It is not quite a legal approach, though, and on your part you can also take a legal action against them. The collectors learn from mistakes, however, and are becoming more sophisticated in their methods of forcing you to repay the debt.

So, instead of going directly to the debtor and threatening him or her, they stake on collecting the debtors' personal information. Only after learning everything about the person and his debt and coming up with a plan do the collectors get the debtor on the phone.

Now their target is the debtor's place of work, to be more exact - the work phone. Probing the debtor at his work place is considered to be more effective as the collectors receive more objective information there.

Now, the main task of the debt collector is to pretend to be familiar with the defaulting cardholder and ask questions correspondingly.

For instance, the simplest questions may be:

"Oh, hi, is Jim at work at the moment?" this question produces an air of familiarity, doesn't it? Or "Do you happen to know the current place of his work?" Such a question inevitably draws a chain of others: "where is it situated? What's the name of the company?" and so on.

The collectors usually communicate with someone who knows the debtor and, by creating controlling atmosphere, they pull out all the necessary and additional information.

Well, the method is no doubt effective and the collectors have more chances to get you. But the question is - is it really fair to probe you this way if you have actually done nothing more awful than become victim of identity theft?

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