Alliance One is known as one of the largest and most aggressive collection agencies.
If you’ve recently had to deal with them, you may be wondering if it’s possible remove Alliance One from your credit report.
Luckily, there are ways to deal with Alliance One collections and get them out of your life for good.
How To Remove Alliance One Collections From Your Credit
Here’s how to get Alliance One removed from your credit report:
Stop The Calls & Request ONLY Written Communications
When Alliance one calls, it’s best to just ignore the call or hang up. I recommend that you have everything in writing rather than agreeing to anything over the phone.
Therefore, the first step is to stop taking their calls. If the calls and harassments become overwhelming, you have every right to send them a cease and desist letter.
In the event that you’re receiving threatening calls and letters, it’s important to know your rights. When it comes to collection agencies, your rights are outlined in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
There is a long list of practices that collection agencies often employ that put them in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, but since most people don’t know their rights, there is rarely anything done about it. You can use this as a tool when removing Alliance One from your credit report.
Most commonly, collection agencies violate this act by threatening and harassing behavior. By simply mentioning to a debt collector that they are potentially in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act will many times get them to stop calling you.
Alliance One Contact Information
Again, I recommend against making any deals over the phone with collection agencies. Therefore, you want to send your letters to this address:
Attn: Compliance Department
3000 Ames Crossing Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Write a Debt Validation Letter
A debt validation letter is a letter that you send to a collection agency demanding that they validate that the debt is yours. In this letter, you want to make sure and ask them specifically for documentation that proves the debt is indeed yours.
Also, when writing this letter make sure and state that if they are unable to validate the debt, they must promptly stop attempting to collect and remove the collection or charge off from your credit report.
You need to act fast because you only have 30 days from when they first contact you to get the letter to them.
If all goes well, they’ll be unable to validate the debt and not only will they stop calling you, but it will also be removed from your credit report. Of course, this is the best case scenario. If they are able to validate the debt, continue to the next step.
Challenge Inaccurate Information
When you’re unable to get the collection removed through the debt validation method, the next step is to use an advanced method of challenging inaccurate information.
For this technique you’re going to need a current copy of your credit report. With your credit report in hand, find the Alliance One entry. Look over the entry and find anything that’s inaccurate. Even if it seems insignificant, such as a misspelling, you can still use this to dispute the entry.
Here are a few examples of line items that you can dispute:
- Account status
- Payment status
- Balances (High and Current)
- Name Spellings
- Account numbers
- Credit Limit
If you find any inaccuracies, write a letter to each of the 3 credit bureaus (Transunion, Experian, Equifax) that states the entry is inaccurate. You can use my dispute letter template as an example.
In the event that you’re unable to find anything inaccurate in the entry, you have a couple more options for removing the Alliance One entry from your credit report.
Pay to Remove Alliance One From Your Credit Report
When all else fails, you can simply negotiate with them to remove the negative entry. In order to do this, you’ll have to write Alliance One a letter that says you’ll pay the debt in full if they agree to remove it from your credit report. Don’t attempt to negotiate a lower price because it probably won’t work. Alliance One doesn’t purchase debts, but rather is hired by the original creditor to collect the debt.
If you’re able to pay the debt in full in exchange for removal, this is your best bet to get it taken care of. Anytime you can pay the debt, they’re more willing to negotiate.
Get Professional Credit Repair Help
If you’ve been unsuccessful in using the steps outlined above, or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle, you should consider credit repair help to remove the collection or charge off.