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Report: #227412

Complaint Review: Allied Interstate - Columbus Ohio

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  • Reported By: Topton North Carolina
  • Allied Interstate 3000 Corporate Exchange Dr. Columbus, Ohio U.S.A.

Allied Interstate I owe a phone company about $109.65.. called me a couple of weeks ago wanting the money immediately.I told the lady i couldn't pay it all at once,left a rude message on my machine, and ended the message with "B**CH"- referring to me. Columbus Ohio

*Consumer Suggestion: Tiffany, KEEP that phone message, it's worth $1000!

*Consumer Suggestion: Tiffany, Kep that phone message, it's worth $1000!

*Consumer Suggestion: Two part response

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I owe a phone company $109.65. Allied Interstate called me a couple of weeks ago demanding the money immediately. i told the lady that i couldn't pay it all at once. since i am i single mother trying to support my 17 month old son by myself. i do have a job but only making about $150.00 a week. I asked her nicely if i could send payments, but she said no.

Since then, she has called my house with harrassing phone calls atleast twice a day every day. Today, she left a rude message on my machine, and at the end of the message she said "B**CH" referring to me. I still have the message on my machine and i refuse to pay anything and i am going to do all i can to make sure that this matter is justified.

Tiffany
Topton, North Carolina
U.S.A.

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#3 Consumer Suggestion

Tiffany, KEEP that phone message, it's worth $1000!

AUTHOR: Steve [Not A Lawyer] - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tiffany,

KEEP that message and file a lawsuit under the FDCPA. That is a blatant violation that will pay you up to $1000 in statutory damages, plus legal fees and actual damages.

Make a police report, and also a report to your phone company. Then go to FTC.gov and file a complaint online. The more documentation the better.

NEVER speak to any collector on the phone. It will never do anything positive for you. Always demand everything in writing.

Upon first contact by any debt collector, send a CEASE COMMUNICATION request as per your rights under the FDCPA. send this by certified mail, return reciept requested. Be sure to put the certified# on the letter itself and keep a copy for your records. This is very important as it proves what you sent.

STAY OFF THE PHONE!!

And NEVER even discuss payment with any debt collector. It could re-affirm an otherwise uncollectable debt. Always demand validation in writing.
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Tiffany, Kep that phone message, it's worth $1000!

AUTHOR: Steve [Not A Lawyer] - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Tiffany,

Keep that message and file a lawsuit under the FDCPA. that is a blatant violation that will pay you up to $1000 in statutory damages, plus legal fees and actual damages.

Make a police report, and also a report to your phone company. Then go to FTC.gov and file a complaint online. The more documentation the better.

NEVER speak to any collector on the phone. It will never do anything positive for you. Always demand everything in writing.

Upon first contact by any debt collector, send a CEASE COMMUNICATION request as per your rights under the FDCPA. send this by certified mail, return reciept requested. Be sure to put the certified# on the letter itself and keep a copy for your records. This is very important as it proves what you sent.

STAY OFF THE PHONE!!

And NEVER even discuss payment with any debt collector. It could re-affirm an otherwise uncollectable debt. Always demand validation in writing.
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AUTHOR: Don - (U.S.A.)

POSTED: Wednesday, December 27, 2006
First, I will give you the response/thinking of the debt collector. People please do not jump all over me for this. I would be thinking that this is a small amount, and should not need to be split over too long. You did not say what arrangements you though offered. Personally, I would say it would be fair to be paid over 2 months.

As for why they are against you "sending" in payments is twofold. One, they may not get "credit" for the payment. They have a goal that they have to hit and some agencies do not give credit for mail in payments. Second, a problem with accepting mail in payments is that there is no committment from the consumer. For the account to have gone delinquent, there had to be no payments (or less than the minimum payment) for 6 months. Without the committment payment (usually a over the phone payment), they may not feel you will be able to keep the arrangement.

Now for the FDCPA violations by the collector. The obvious one is the name calling. That is not allowed, and I would definately say to keep that tape. It may be worth $1000. You say they call, at least twice per day. Do they leave messages every time they call? They are supposed to only make contact once per day, per number. If they are not leaving a message though, they are following the law.

Hope this helps
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