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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-14-09 11:32 AM
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7. I posted this because there are a lot of desperate people out there on both sides of
the debt collection racket. I used to work in an office next door to a debt collection agency. What a bunch of sleazebags they were. Too cheap to pay for air conditioning for their employees who sat at desks in offices without windows in the summer heat in Los Angeles. I felt sorry for the employees, but they were true bottom feeders, and I do not use that term lightly. I use it realizing what an insult it is.

In this economy, people become desperate and will do anything for a buck. ]

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  -How to handle nuisance collection calls. JDPriestly  Oct-14-09 11:23 AM   #0 
  - I have one calling me now that says I owe an old ATT bill.  beyurslf   Oct-14-09 11:25 AM   #1 
  - you may want to check your credit history and see if you do have a debt with att  WI_DEM   Oct-14-09 11:29 AM   #3 
  - or they may have put something on your credit history that shouldn't be there.  ejpoeta   Oct-14-09 11:32 AM   #8 
     - There is nothing on it. I have checked. I just bought a house this summer  beyurslf   Oct-14-09 04:36 PM   #25 
        - maybe you should alert the state attorney general or something. not sure who one would  ejpoeta   Oct-14-09 07:22 PM   #26 
           - The number never shows up. Just 0's. I don't worry about it.  beyurslf   Oct-14-09 10:57 PM   #27 
           - Yes. State attorney general.  Ms. Toad   Oct-15-09 10:19 PM   #41 
  - Hmmm...I just got a weird ATT collections bill too...  vanlassie   Oct-14-09 11:30 AM   #4 
  - As I responded to another post, our calls started shortly after we switched to AT&T.  JDPriestly   Oct-15-09 09:02 PM   #35 
  - don't laugh. tell them to VALIDATE. also check your credit report  ejpoeta   Oct-14-09 11:30 AM   #6 
  - Good thinking. I always tend towards the osterich approach......:-/  vanlassie   Oct-14-09 11:32 AM   #9 
  - I posted this because there are a lot of desperate people out there on both sides of  JDPriestly   Oct-14-09 11:32 AM   #7 
  - Coincidentally, our calls started when we switched our phones to AT&T.  JDPriestly   Oct-15-09 09:01 PM   #34 
  - when they call, it is a good idea to record the conversation. also to keep track of  ejpoeta   Oct-14-09 11:29 AM   #2 
  - Also, keep asking for a supervisor  Ms. Toad   Oct-15-09 10:23 PM   #42 
  - I received a call like this one time when I was home sick.  PADemD   Oct-14-09 11:30 AM   #5 
  - that's a common practice.  dysfunctional press   Oct-14-09 11:22 PM   #32 
  - Tape-recording laws, at a glance:  Robb   Oct-14-09 11:36 AM   #10 
  - Yes, but telling them insures they will be on their best behavior and not venture outside the law  laughingliberal   Oct-14-09 11:40 AM   #13 
  - We've had a collections agency calling us recently...  brendan120678   Oct-14-09 11:37 AM   #11 
  - My phone is listed as "A. 'Ziggy'"  csziggy   Oct-14-09 11:14 PM   #29 
  - Even if you are the person for whom they are calling the idea of telling them you are taping...  laughingliberal   Oct-14-09 11:38 AM   #12 
  - This happened to my mom recently, a collection agency was calling about a $25K debt  dugaresa   Oct-14-09 11:41 AM   #14 
  - People will accept any job they can get.  JDPriestly   Oct-14-09 11:45 AM   #15 
  - It's utterly vile that there are companies out there trying to collect the debts of dead people.  Berry Cool   Oct-14-09 02:07 PM   #22 
     - what is more vile is my late father didn't have any debts  dugaresa   Oct-14-09 03:22 PM   #23 
     - those people make me sick. people don't seem to know that they don't have to pay  ejpoeta   Oct-15-09 08:33 PM   #33 
  - There is a much easier way to deal with those calls.  Leftist Agitator   Oct-14-09 12:13 PM   #16 
  - In the New and Improved Business Friendly Amerika 2.0, prosecution for illegal  Greyhound   Oct-14-09 12:18 PM   #17 
  - Take It From A Guy Who Does Collections  ChoppinBroccoli   Oct-14-09 12:30 PM   #18 
  - If you don't have a lot to do that day....  JoeyT   Oct-14-09 12:54 PM   #19 
  - When my son was younger, I used to put him on the phone.  kcass1954   Oct-14-09 11:17 PM   #30 
  - If you don't have a recorder, use your computer microphone. That's what I use and I use it for more  Better Today   Oct-14-09 01:15 PM   #20 
  - Got a phone call like that just the other day  LibertyLover   Oct-14-09 02:04 PM   #21 
  - Are you on AT&T phones?  JDPriestly   Oct-15-09 09:03 PM   #36 
  - This happened to us one time.  distantearlywarning   Oct-14-09 03:40 PM   #24 
  - why not just ANSWER THE PHONE in the first place...?  dysfunctional press   Oct-14-09 11:04 PM   #28 
  - We knew we did not owe money. We have been harassed before  JDPriestly   Oct-15-09 09:04 PM   #37 
     - that's why phones have the ability to hang up.  dysfunctional press   Oct-15-09 09:53 PM   #40 
  - That's one thing I won't miss about my landline.  ecstatic   Oct-14-09 11:22 PM   #31 
  - eakspei igpei atinlei  Swamp Rat   Oct-15-09 09:04 PM   #38 
  - We changed our phone # one time and got calls for the people who had the # before us  proud2BlibKansan   Oct-15-09 09:14 PM   #39 
  - I ask the nasty ones the most sexually explicit questions I can think of.  cliffordu   Oct-15-09 10:28 PM   #43 

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