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Getting Collection Calls

October 29th, 2009 at 08:50 am

Yep...but not for us!

One is for a woman who lived in this house prior to us. The debt seems to be in her maiden name. The company only leaves messages. If I do answer the phone, then I hear the same recorded message.

The second collection call is for my brother in law!! He lives in another state. I denied knowing him...which my husband said was okay. I don't know his situation exactly. But collectors are relentless and I don't want to get involved. That time it was a live person and she said she would remove our phone number. Good!

My BIL actually has always worked for his older brother (another BIL). He doesn't have his GED and does handyman type work for rental properties. I just found out the older BIL had to file bankruptcy. As a result not as much income/work for the brother in law we are getting collection calls for. Ugh! I'm so sorry things are not going well for either of them. It is just very sad.

As a precaution, I'm going to pull our credit reports today. I don't expect to find anything. If I find something...I'm sure you'll be one of the first to know. Smile

7 Responses to “Getting Collection Calls”

  1. momcents Says:


    Oh, joy -- the collection calls. Especially frustrating when they aren't your accounts, right? I got a call from a "law firm" stating that there was a matter that was going to court in the county that my FIL/MIL live in.

    I called the number back making sure DH wasn't involved somehow. Boy those people are nasty. The guy wanted my social security number - I wasn't going to give it to him. Then he started in on how I don't want to make this situation go away and it is only going to get worse. I called him on his bully tactic, had him agree it would be stupid of me to give him my SSN unless I had his name and direct number. He gave the info (I am assuming it was correct) I gave him my SSN which wasn't in the system, and he was SO apologetic. They took my phone number off of their list and haven't called back.

    I then googled the number they called from and found out they were ruthless debt collectors who use bad tactics and a slimy lawyer in NY rents out use of his name to make it look legit. The guy said he was a 'paralegal' and would direct my number to the 'managing partner'.

    Worth a good laugh. Too bad though about BIL's situation.

  2. matt Says:

    oh wow. i know thats got to be a headache

  3. Analise Says:

    One of my DDs started getting calls from bill collectors looking for my step-daughter, who has horrible credit and is very financially irresponsible (long story.... my step-daughter takes after her mom). My DD and step-daughter don't even live in the same state and have never lived under the same roof. It's amazing how collection companies track people down. Needless to say, my DD is fed up and resentful about the intrusion on her privacy, especially because they (my DD and SIL) have excellent credit and no debt. It just goes to show how someone's bad credit habits can hurt others.

  4. dmontngrey Says:

    I've done that before - I don't know my BIL either. Wink

  5. Caoineag Says:

    We bought our house in short sale so we still get all the collection notices for the previous owners (they didn't bother to get their mail forwarded, thanks guys). So far I know they didn't pay their electric bill, the car company is going to repo their car and they may have difficulty renewing her nurses license. *Sigh*

  6. boomeyers Says:

    Very smart to review your credit reports. You never know if someone my steal your or your hubs names or socials.

  7. thriftorama Says:

    I moved in 3 years ago and still get collection calls and doctor appointment reminders for the people who had my phone number before I did. It is very aggravating. If it is a live person on the line, they treat me like I am lying and just trying to get out of a debt. Um, hello? How dare they treat me like that! I just got the bum rap of getting a phone number that used to belong to someone who clearly can't handle their business.

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