- Report: #184525
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Complaint Review: American Agencies
American Agencies2158 W 190th St Torrance, California U.S.A.
American Agencies ripoff dishonest credit reporting and billing practices Torrance California
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My ex-husband refused to shut off the phone account at our house when he moved out at the beginning of our divorce. I could not get a phone at the house in my own name. He did not pay the bill but SBC/PAC BELL would not talk to me so I could pay it. They had my name in the file as the spouse but I was not an account holder. I went into the military after college and forgot about it. Two years later I bought a car and I found out I was reported as delinquent for this phone bill. In my divorce my ex was awarded ALL community debt. Since he still did not pay the bill it was reported on my credit. I disputed it and had it removed. American Agencies bought the account and reported me. It was listed a year later, as delinquent again for this same phone bill. AND they had added three years of interest to the total. I disputed it again. They did not remove it and kept adding interest. I notified them I had been away in the military and that I was exempt for that time period from interest and fees. They refused to adjust it. I told them it was my ex's debt. They refused to remove it. I offered them a settlement payment and they said "OK." I sent them a check. I called to verify receipt and confirm it being removed from credit. They said they needed more money (100.00 extra). I placed a stop-payment on the check.
They reported me for a 2nd account for NSF check at triple the total of the check. I reported them to the BBB. They told the BBB in writing they had no records of any accounts under my name in their files. Now both accounts total over $2700 dollars on my credit report and they are suing me for $1362 plus lawyer fees. They told me if I pay $1800 cash they will "make it go away as if it was never there." I had already offered $1500 through a lawyer before the $1300 lawsuit. They refused it. This feels like blackmail because I am a homeowner and they cannot get my ex to pay it. I also know someone else who had very similar experience. This company preys on whoever they can find even remotely related to the actual account holder and goes after whoever has something they can take. They NEVER sent me a bill until they sued me and the never return calls. Also, refused settlement payment at least twice. BEWARE!!!
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/01/2006 11:13 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/American-Agencies/Torrance-California-90504/American-Agencies-ripoff-dishonest-credit-reporting-and-billing-practices-Torrance-Califor-184525. 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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