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Collection Dispute Letter

Disputing a debt with a collection agency can be a nightmare. Collection agencies don’t often take no for an answer and dealing with them can often feel like banging your head against a brick wall. You may need to send a collection dispute letter if you’ve wrongfully been assessed with a debt and the agency won’t listen, which can quickly escalate to harassment.

Keeping careful documentation of each call, and all correspondence with the collection agency will help your case as it progresses.

The following letter sample can help you clearly state your rights, and what you expect the offending collection agency to do.

Today’s Date

Your Name
Your Address

Collector’s Name
Collector’s Address

Dear (insert name of collector or company),

I am writing in response to your (letter or phone call) dated (insert date), (copy enclosed) because I do not believe I owe what you say I owe.

This is the first I’ve heard from you, or any other company on this matter. Therefore, in accordance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Section 809(b): Validating Debts:

(b) If the consumer notifies the debt collector in writing within the thirty-day period described in subsection (a) that the debt, or any portion thereof, is disputed, or that the consumer requests the name and address of the original creditor, the debt collector shall cease collection of the debt, or any disputed portion thereof, until the debt collector obtains verification of the debt or any copy of a judgment, or the name and address of the original creditor, and a copy of such verification or judgment, or name and address of the original creditor, is mailed to the consumer by the debt collector.

I respectfully request that you provide me with the following information:

  • (1) the amount of the debt;
  • (2) the name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed;
  • (3) Provide a verification or copy of any judgment (if applicable);
  • (4) Proof that you are licensed to collect debts in (insert name of your state)

Be advised that I am fully aware of my rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. For instance, I know that:

  • Because I have disputed this debt in writing within 30 days of receipt of your dunning notice, you must obtain verification of the debt or a copy of the judgment against me and mail these items to me at your expense;
  • You cannot add interest or fees except those allowed by the original contract or state law.
  • You do not have to respond to this dispute but if you do, any attempt to collect this debt without validating it, violates the FDCPA;

Also be advised that I am keeping very accurate records of all correspondence from you and your company including recording all phone calls and I will not hesitate to report violations of the law to my State Attorney General, the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau.

I have disputed this debt; therefore, until validated you know your information concerning this debt is inaccurate. Thus, if you have already reported this debt to any credit-reporting agency (CRA) or Credit Bureau (CB) then, you must immediately inform them of my dispute with this debt. Reporting information that you know to be inaccurate or failing to report information correctly violates the Fair Credit Reporting Act § 1681s-2. Should you pursue a judgment without validating this debt, I will inform the judge and request the case be dismissed based on your failure to comply with the FDCPA.

Finally, if you do not own this debt, I demand that you immediately send a copy of this dispute letter to the original creditor so they are also aware of my dispute with this debt.

Signature here
Your Printed Name

Should you need to send a letter like this one, be sure to send it via certified mail, so you know exactly when it was received and can trace who signed for it. That way the collection agency cannot claim they didn’t get your letter.

A collection dispute letter like the one above helps let the collection agency clearly know you understand your rights and intend to exercise them.

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