• Report: #198314

Complaint Review: Cavalry Portfolio Services

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  • Submitted: Mon, June 26, 2006
  • Updated: Tue, October 03, 2006

  • Reported By:Jacksonville Florida
Cavalry Portfolio Services
PO Box 1017 Hawthorne, New York U.S.A.

Cavalry Portfolio Services ripoff AT&T Wireless Fraudulent Billing Hawthorne New York

*Consumer Suggestion: I have also fallen victim to Cavalry/Calvary Portfolio Services and AT&T Cingular..

*Consumer Suggestion: The same thing happened to me

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Received letter from Cavalry Portfolio Services saying they had purchase for collection and account from AT&T Wireless that belonged to me. Said I owed $370.14 for an account opened in June 2004. I have never had an account with AT&T wireless nor have ever had any contact with AT&T wireless about this account. I called and complained to Cavalry and they sent me a Fraud Statement of Dispute form to fill out including requests that I send copies of my SS#, Drivers License, etc with the form. Also checked my credit report and found that somehow they are showing up on my credit report as an account under collection. Again nothing form AT&T has ever showed up on my credit report. Luckly I did an internet search on complaints against Cavalry and found this website with numerous complaints against them

I have written them a letter back requesting that the info be withdrawn from my credit report as well has filing complaints with the FTC, Florida Attorney General and the New York Attorney General.

WHat else can I do and how long is it going to take to clear up my credit report

Michael
Jacksonville, Florida
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/26/2006 05:11 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Cavalry-Portfolio-Services/Hawthorne-New-York-10532/Cavalry-Portfolio-Services-ripoff-ATT-Wireless-Fraudulent-Billing-Hawthorne-New-York-198314. 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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#1 Consumer Suggestion

I have also fallen victim to Cavalry/Calvary Portfolio Services and AT&T Cingular..

AUTHOR: BJ - (U.S.A.)

I have posted this several times in the hopes that people will take action against this company and any other like it.

Cavalry/Calvary Portfolio Services alternate spelling "Cavalry".
with offices in the following states:

http://www.cavalryportfolioservices.com/

Hawthorne, NY
PO Box 1030
Hawthorne, NY 10532
866-434-2996

Phoenix, AZ
PO Box 27288
Tempe, AZ 85282
800-861-4966

Tulsa, OK
PO Box 470937
Tulsa, OK 74147
866-898-4109

St. Paul, MN
PO Box 75428
St. Paul, MN 55175
877-266-8815

Like so many of the reports I have read, I have also fallen victim to Cavalry/Calvary Portfolio Services and AT&T Cingular..

I earn my living in the Finance and Collection Industry so I know how to keep my credit perfect or screw it up. I also know the laws of collection and who to contact when it all goes wrong. However, I choose to pay my bills and my debts to avoid scab companies like Cavalry/Calvary Portfolio. So for those of you who want to defend the collection company, I am not proud to say I have worked with the lowest of you scum. I know how you operate and manipulate and try to intimidate. It won't work here.

For 5 years my credit report was spotless, until January 06 when I pulled a credit report for review purposes (done every 6 months) and there it is a debt is from 1999 for 800.00. Contrary to what the collection companies and there defenders here may say, not everyone owes the debt.

Again, I am well versed in the Collection Laws. I walked every step by the law. I requested proof of the account. I have been a Sprint Customer for 13 years. I never had an At&T or Cingular Account. So where did this come from. I requested validation in writing, certifies mail. Cavalry/Calvary ?s only has response to my request and has been to change the dates of the delinquency to June of 2006. Which happens to be the month they received my 3rd letter requesting validation. They see this as debt acknowledgment and new account activity and feel it is legal to change the dates.

Unfortunately, to fight Cavalry/Calvary and other scab collection companies, you are going to have to put a lot more time and effort. Your credit effects your home utilities, auto insurance rates, chances for buying a home or auto, and of course interest rates for any credit accounts. It is worth the effort. These companies bank on consumers who are unknowledgeable or don't want the hassle of fighting the collection companies.

Here is what I know and will give the information freely.

I contacted the Texas state Attorney Generals office for help. All states have government agencies to help you with this you just have to ask. The Texas AGA pulled Cavalry/Calvary in there complaint data base and stated that there are 32 consumer complaints for the same reason as mine for the month of September 06 alone.

They said that the when enough complaints come in about Cavalry/Calvary and the other scab collection agencies that they will start an investigation and could start legal actions against them. The problem is the consumers (you) are not SPEAKING UP.

So take this a step further. If you have the time to file a report here, then file one with your State Attorney General and the State Attorney General where the companies do business.

Other Agencies and Companies are equipt to help you clear your credit but again you have to make the effort. You have already paid for the services if you pay taxes. Even if the agencies are understaffed or not eager to help, leave a paper trail, file complaints! Make sure you document all contact with scabs in writing. Letters should always be certified mail with a receipt! The bigger and longer the paper trail is against them the easier each of us can prove our genuine innocence.

Here are the companies you should contact to file complaints or get advice and information on how to fight the debts and scab collectors.

In Texas (other states have the same or similar agencies and resources just search it on the internet. You will find it!)

Texas Attorney General - http://www.oag.state.tx.us/
Texas Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/
(Collection companies have to a bond to collect/do business in the state where you reside. Secretary of State can tell you if this has been done)
Public Utility Commission: http://www.puc.state.tx.us/
Texas State Law Library: http://www.sll.state.tx.us/
Texas State Bar: http://www.texasbar.com/
(Will help you contact legal advisors to fight the scab collection companies)

States that Cavalry does there dirty business: (go to the Consumer to file complaints)

State of New York - http://www.oag.state.ny.us/
State of Arizona -. http://www.azag.gov/
State of Oklahoma - http://www.oag.state.ok.us/
State of Minnesota - http://www.ag.state.mn.us/

Additional sites to file a complaint. Keep at it, they will help you eventually or send you to someone who will.

Federal trade Commission - http://www.ftc.gov/
American Collectors Association - http://www.acainternational.org/
Better Business Bureau (National) - http://www.bbb.org/
You should file a complaint with the National BBB, Your Local BBB, and the BBB where the companies is doing business.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling - http://www.nfcc.org/
(Your not admitting to the debt you are looking for advice to fight and clear the debt.)

dispute the collections with all of the credit bureaus in writing certified mail.
Experian - http://www.experian.com/
Equifax - http://www.equifax.com/
Trans Union - http://www.transunion.com/

Don't blow this off! The longer time lapses and the less effort you make, the harder it is to prove it isn't you debt and that you want it to be corrected. Why? Simple, because if it isn't your debt why would you let it ride on your credit and run your chances for or loans and pay higher prices, interest and possibly jobs because of an invalid debt on your credit report.

The only other thing you can do is contact an attorney who specializes in this field or contact the attorney that others have listed on this site. Attorneys can work together from several different states and if enough people come forward with valid complaints it turns into a class action lawsuit. it is worth the phone call at the least.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

The same thing happened to me

AUTHOR: Tammy - (U.S.A.)

I notice on my credit report on May 26th 2006 that Cavalry claimed I owe a debt of 146 dollars for AT&T wireless. The first thing I did was to send a VOD certified mail to them. Then 2 weeks later I made a complaint to the FTC and the BBB. Then I just waited another 2 more weeks to see if Cavalry would respond to my VOD dispute, which they didnt ..... On July 3, 2006 I got a email from the BBB telling me how Cavalry responded to my complaint.


They twisted the truth around a little saying that I must have the debt confused with AT&T Corp which isnt the same company as AT&T wireless, BUT on my credit report it states AT&T wireless.I guess thet trying to say now is I had a AT&T home phone now. NOT!!! But anyway they told the BBB that they was sending the debt back to AT&T .And as of today it is no longer on my credit report. It the collections is still on your credit report this is what you shoud do: Send Cavalry a VOD certified mail, and at the same time send a letter disputing the debt to credit bureaus, along with a copy of the letter you sent Cavalry.

The credit Bureau may or may not verify the debt but in my case they did. Wait 2 weeks then file a complaint with the FTC and the BBB telling them you dont own that debt and you never had any AT&T service in your name. After 30 days since you sent your VOD to Cavalry send another letter to the credit bureaus telling them to remove it because Cavalry failed to validate that debt. Hope this works for you.
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