I received a letter today from the Law Offices of Mitchell N. Kay claiming they were attempting to collect a debt on behalf of Asset Acceptance (the lowest of the low of bottom feeding junk debt buyers) who had supposedly bought an account from Fortunoff's (aren't they out of business...??) in my maiden name. If I ever had an account with Fortunoff's, it had to have been over twenty years ago now, and the account has long since been closed. I have no debt with anyone at all, much less some company I haven't shopped with in over two decades.
These thugs are threatening to go to court to seek a judgment and then access my bank accounts to steal this alleged "debt" from me.
I immediately sent them a very strongly worded debt validation letter, opened complaints with the FTC, the NY Attorney General, the Michigan Attorney General (Asset Acceptance is headquarted in Michigan), the NJ Attorney General, and I filed a complaint against these sleazoids with the disciplinary board of the NY Bar Association.
I HIGHLY recommend the latter action. Enough complaints with the NY Bar Association, and these guys are in trouble. File complaints with everyone listed above (substitute your home state for NJ if you live elsewhere) and demand, in writing, VALIDATION (as opposed to VERIFICATION) of the debt. CC the FTC, Attorneys General and the NY Bar Association on this letter, and send certified, return receipt requested to both Mitchell N. Kay and to whatever entity this lowlife law firm is supposedly collecting for.
If they take you to court, SHOW UP and FIGHT BACK. This law firm is a sleazy operation acting on behalf of even sleazier bottom feeders.
Angry and disgusted
The Grey Havens