Being contacted by a debt collector is scary. They can be aggressive and rude, and they will continue to hound you for a debt until you pay up.
One debt collector you may hear from is called Global Credit & Collection Corp.
They are on-par for collectors in terms of reputation and collection tactics.
While this is certainly annoying, it is the least of your concern when it comes to their impact on your long-term financial wellbeing.
In order to collect a debt from you, Global Credit & Collection Corp must open a collection account on your credit report.
This entry can stay on your credit report for up to seven years and will negatively impact your credit score during that time.
Prevent Global Credit & Collection Corp from wrecking your credit by removing their entry from your credit report.
What is Global Credit & Collection Corp?
Also known as Affinity Global or Leading Edge Recovery Solutions, Global Credit & Collection Corp is a small collection agency based out of Chicago, IL.
They have about 220 employees across all of their locations specialize in collecting debts on behalf of Fortune 500 companies.
Even though Global Credit & Collection Corp has an A+ rating with the BBB, they still are not popular with their customers.
They have had complaints filed against them with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) for various issues with customer service representatives, billing, and debt reporting.
Some of the complaints against Global Credit & Collection Corp are even regarding violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
We will discuss the FDCPA and what it means for your rights as a consumer later on.
Steps to Remove Global Credit & Collection Corp from Your Credit Report
Many people don’t know where to start when it comes to dealing with a debt collector.
Unfortunately, you may make life more difficult for yourself if you pay the debt outright.
Instead, here are the steps you should follow to remove the collection from your credit report and get your credit score on the right track.
Understand Your FDCPA Rights
Did you know that you have rights under federal law that protect you from aggressive debt collectors?
If you did, you probably did not learn about it from Global Credit & Collection Corp.
Debt collectors don’t want you to know that you have rights under the law because they wouldn’t be able to get away with their more aggressive collections tactics.
This is where it’s up to you as a consumer to educate yourself about your rights under the FDCPA and call Global Credit & Collection Corp out if they overstep their boundaries.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is federal legislation that lays out certain restrictions for debt collectors regarding how they go about soliciting payments from their customers.
Some of the tactics that the FDCPA prohibits include:
- Calling before 8 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
- Contacting family, friends, or coworkers regarding your debt
- Contacting you after you have told them the time inconvenient for you
- Threatening legal action that they cannot or will not take
- Misrepresenting themselves or information about your debt
- Using profane or abusive language when contacting you
- Calling after you have requested communication through U.S. Mail
If Global Credit & Collection Corp commits any of the above, you can file a complaint against them with the CFPB.
In fact, you may be entitled to a settlement payout if you work with the right representation.
Either way, it’s important to understand what Global Credit & Collection Corp can and cannot do according to the federal law.
If all of this seems like too much for you to handle, we understand.
We recommend that you hire a credit repair specialist to help you with your credit repair journey.
Ask for a Goodwill Deletion
Debt collectors are scary entities. A lot of people are intimidated by them and will pay off the debt just to get rid of their harassment and threats.
If you have already paid Global Credit & Collection Corp for the debt, you still have a chance of getting it taken off your credit report.
You can do this by writing them a letter asking for a goodwill deletion.
A goodwill deletion is when Global Credit & Collection Corp agrees to stop reporting the debt to major credit bureaus out of sympathy.
However, it will take more than sympathy to get a debt collector to agree to a goodwill deletion.
You will need to have paid for the debt in full and have a mostly clean record besides the debt.
Start by writing Global Credit & Collection Corp a letter explaining why you were late on making payments in the first place.
If you lost your job or had a medical emergency, this is a good thing to mention.
Whatever your reason is for requesting a goodwill deletion, make sure you’re telling the truth.
Debt collectors are great at spotting a tall tale and will often request documentation to back up your story.
Send a Debt Validation Letter
If a goodwill deletion isn’t an option for you, you have another course of action that you can take.
In fact, you should probably do this no matter what the circumstances because it can get you out of paying the debt altogether: request debt validation.
Sometimes known as a Section 609 letter, a debt validation letter is a formal request for Global Credit & Collection Corp to confirm that the debt belongs to you, and they have all the correct information in order to collect it.
According to the FDCPA, you are allowed to send this within the first 30 days of contact, and the collector must respond.
If Global Credit & Collection Corp can’t prove that the debt belongs to you or they have incorrect information, they must contact all three major credit bureaus and delete the account from your credit report.
The best part is that you are off the hook from paying the debt at all.
Start by writing a letter requesting that Global Credit & Collection Corp confirm your account by sending you proof that the debt belongs to you.
This includes information such as the name on the account, debt total, and the date of the last account activity.
The date of the account activity is especially important because it can prove that the debt is beyond the statute of limitations for collections.
By law, a debt collector must stop collection efforts if the debt exceeds state requirements for the statute of limitations.
Typically, this is seven years, but it will vary from state to state.
Global Credit & Collection Corp should respond to your request within 30 days. If they are unable to confirm the details of your account, they must contact the credit bureaus and delete the account according to the law.
Make a Pay-for-Delete Agreement
If Global Credit & Collection Corp is able to prove that the debt is yours, your next step is to negotiate a settlement with them.
The most common type of settlement reached with debt collectors is called a pay-for-delete agreement.
Debt collectors may be hesitant to agree to a pay-for-delete, but they may if they believe that it is the only way for them to make their money back.
One of the best things about this is that you may be able to negotiate to pay less than the total balance.
When negotiating a pay-for-delete, be sure that Global Credit & Collection Corp agrees to fully delete the negative entry on your credit report.
If they change the status to paid, this will still affect your credit score.
Finally, always get the agreement in writing before you make payment.
That way, you’ll have proper documentation if Global Credit & Collection Corp doesn’t follow through with their promise to delete the account.
Debt collectors are terribly unpleasant to deal with, but there are steps you can take to make sure that their impact on your financial well-being is minimal.
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