• Report: #234237

Complaint Review: Pentagroup Financial

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  • Submitted: Sat, February 03, 2007
  • Updated: Sun, February 04, 2007

  • Reported By:La Porte Texas
Pentagroup Financial
5959 Corporate Drive, Suite 1400 Houston, Texas U.S.A.

Pentagroup Financial Rip offs! Crooks! Houston Texas

*Author of original report: Response to previous rebuttals

*Consumer Suggestion: Eugen and P in texas

*Consumer Suggestion: DID YOU RECEIVE ANYTHING IN WRITING

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These crooks sent me a collection letter for a Cingular account, I made a settlement agreement with them and payed with a credit card at Paymybill.com. Then they sold to remainder of the collection amount to another collection agencey out of Bloomington, IL.... AFNI. Check out thier BBB file in Houston. These are the companies that give other compaines a bad reputation!

Eugen
La Porte, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Author of original report

Response to previous rebuttals

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

This item was paid back in 07/2005. Just last Sep 06 did AFNI jump on the bandwagon. I paid the orignal bill through paymybill.com, so I am not worried that they have a CC# to use. I filed complaints with BBB office in both locations and disputed the credit report enties. I won't pay them another dime. Thanks for all the responses!
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Eugen and P in texas

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

Some collection agencies will agree to settle with you for far less than you owe and then trun around and hire another collection agency to collect the difference.

However, in many states this is illegal. once a creditor deposits or cashes a full paument check, even if they strike out the words payment in full or writes " I don't agree" on the check, they can't come after you for the balance.

Texas is one of those states.

Do you have any proof that this was a paid in full settlement?

watch your credit card, now that they have the card number, they can take another payment and claim, you allowed it.

This is why I agree with Steve from Florida, NEVER pay this bottom feeders. There nothing but low lifes and rip off's.

I would report my credit card lost or stolen and get a new credit card number, tell them not to issue you anew card with the same credit card number.
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DID YOU RECEIVE ANYTHING IN WRITING

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

If not, you probably are out of luck but I will let Stevem or "J" address this specifically. In the mean time, dispute the amount owed. How long again was this??

Corporate Headquarters
404 Brock Drive
Bloomington, IL 61702-3097
800.767-2364

Afni, Inc.
404 Brock Drive
Bloomington, IL 61702 USA
Contact: Jim Hess, Director, Business Development
Phone: 800-767-2364, ext. 3321
Fax: 309-820-2632
Email: jimhess@afninet.com Afni, Inc. IL 309-663-4510 Jim Hess
Website: afninet.com
President and COO:
RONALD L GREENE
404 BROCK DRIVE
BLOOMINGTON 61701

Secretary: GREGORY J DONOVAN same address

Bruce F. Griffin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Ronald L. Greene
President and Chief Operating Officer

Greg Donovan, CPA
Vice President of Employee Services

Stenia Dziadiw
Vice President of Sales & Business Development

Michael D. Garner
Vice President of Call Center Services

John Mobley, Jr.
Vice President, Information Technology Services and

Chief Information Officer

John O'Donnell
Vice President of Credit & Collections Services


Organization Number 0491821
Name AFNI, INC.
Profit or Non-Profit P - Profit
Company Type FCO - Foreign Corporation *****
Status A - Active
Standing G - Good
State IL
File Date 3/27/2000
Authority Date 3/27/2000
Last Annual Report 5/1/2006
Principal Office 404 BROCK DRIVE
BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701
Registered Agent C T CORPORATION SYSTEM
KENTUCKY HOME LIFE BLDG
LOUISVILLE, KY 40202

Current Officers
President Ronald L. Greene
Vice President Gregory J. Donovan
Secretary Gregory J. Donovan
Treasurer V. Curtis Oyer
Director Bruce F. Griffin
Director Ronald L. Greene


This organization has no assumed names
Previous Names
previous company names:
06/24/1986 - CREDIT CHECK INC.
06/29/2000 - ANDERSON FINANCIAL NETWORK, INC.

For collection-related inquiries, contact our Recovery Team at 1.800.371.3645, by mail at Afni, Inc. PO Box 3517, Bloomington, IL 61701 or email at: recoveryteam@afninet.com.

To handle your collections account on the internet, visit the collections website at AfniCollections.com


Important Note Regarding Collection-Related Inquiries:
If you choose to communicate via email, please remember that no matter how many measures Afni takes to ensure the confidentiality of your email, the Internet may be a non-secure medium for communication. If you choose to communicate your collection-related inquiry via email, Afni cannot be responsible for any possible disclosure of an account to a third party

COLLECTIONS PORTION OF THE COMPANY URL APPEARS TO BE AFNINET.COM

Anderson Financial Network, Inc.
404 Brock Drive
Bloomington, IL 61701
Administrative Contact:
Girard, Chris g@AFNINET.COM
Afni
404 Brock Dr
Bloomington, IL 61701
(309) 828-5226 fax: (309) 820-2610

Technical Contact:
Anderson Financial Network, Inc. oktober_isbell@HOTMAIL.COM
404 BROCK DR
BLOOMINGTON, IL 61701-2654
US
309.828.5226 fax: 123 123 1234



GENERAL INFORMATION FROM VARIOUS SITES ON DEALING WITH COLLECTION AGENCY'S

Tell them to validate by

. What the money you say I owe is for;
? Explain and show me how you calculated what you say I owe;
? Provide me with copies of any papers that show I agreed to pay what you say I owe;
? Provide a verification or copy of any judgment if applicable;
? Identify the original creditor;
? Prove the Statute of Limitations has not expired on this account
? Show me that you are licensed to collect in my state
? Provide me with your license numbers and Registered Agent


1. NEVER talk to a collection agency on the phone. Period.
2. Keep good records. This can be the difference between a good and bad settlement. Don't expect them to remember you or what you agreed upon.
3. Send all correspondence via registered mail, receipt requested and put the registered mail number ON THE LETTER. DO NOT SIGN THE LETTER ? TYPE YOUR NAME
4. Keep a copy of every letter you send.
5. Penalties and extra interest are typically fictious amounts of money added on by the collection agency to pad their profits. Sometimes as much as to 50% of the debt or more claimed to be owed by a collection agency consisting of interest and fees. This is illegal, every state has usery laws (which dictate the maximum interests allowed to be charged. That is except North Dakota. There are no such laws which is why most credit card companies incorporate there.) Junk debt buyer pay anywhere from 1 cent to 7 cents on the dollar, there is no way there is this much interest.
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