- Report: #403312
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Complaint Review: AFNI Inc, AFNI-BLOOM
AFNI Inc, AFNI-BLOOM404 Brock Drive Bloomington, Illinois U.S.A.
AFNI Inc, AFNI-BLOOM AFNI Inc Illegally Re-ages Old Debt, Refuses to Provide Validation Documents Bloomington Illinois
*Author of original report: Illinois Atty General Stepping In
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On behalf of my husband, I first called Verizon to verify the name and SS# on the account. They were able to verify that it indeed was in his name, the account's telephone number, that it was a landline, a legitimate address for service, and that the account had been closed in 10/04. They were unable to provide further information and directed me to call AFNI.
I contacted AFNI Inc in order to obtain a copy of the original creditor's final statement to validate the debt. When I asked for a copy of the original
creditors bill, the gentleman who answered replied with "Are you calling to take care of this debt". I stated that we might consider it if he could provide us with a copy of the original bill. The gentleman stated that he was unable to send my husband a copy of the original creditor's final statement. I told him I could accept immediately by either fax or email. He refused. I stated that I needed a final bill to verify last activity date, because as it appears on the report, they have illegally re-aged the debt. He then stated that our lender "did not know how to read a credit report", insisted that AFNI's methods were legitimate, and again refused to send a copy of the original bill. In all, throughout the 3 minute phone call, I asked for an original copy of the bill 5-6 times. Finally I stated that I would contact my attorney and hung up.
I called Verizon back in hopes they would be able to provide the final statement of account, but their finance department told me that AFNI had purchased the debt and they were not legally able to provide documentation or further information on the original account.
I did extensive research on AFNI today, and among the thousands of consumer complaints, I also found a class-action lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General's Office and a news report stating "Senator Owen Johnson has fired off a letter to Attorney General Andrew Cuomo asking Cuomo to probe "what appears to be an unfair debt collection act by Anderson Financial Network, Incorporated,' otherwise known as AFNI. The letter asks Cuomo to "investigate...to determine if AFNI is operating within the law.'"
I have filed complaints with BBB, FTC and Michigan Attorney General's office, disputed the item with the three major credit bureaus, and we are in the process of seeking an attorney to represent us in a violation of
the FCRA/FDCPA, violation of Michigan State Law, and possibly guilty of Defamation of Character considering this debt could potentially cause mortgage denial or additional interest rates. I would be willing to join any other class-action litigation pending against AFNI.
Whatever you do, DO NOT provide them with any information if they state that YOU must validate YOUR information. Burden of proof lies with the collection agency to prove the debt as legitimate!
Flat Rock, Michigan
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/19/2008 10:14 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AFNI-Inc-AFNI-BLOOM/Bloomington-Illinois-61701/AFNI-Inc-AFNI-BLOOM-AFNI-Inc-Illegally-Re-ages-Old-Debt-Refuses-to-Provide-Validation-Do-403312. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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