NCO and the numerous names it uses, LLC, FIN, Portfolio, etc
(Baldwin, GA USA)
Several years ago I had a financial meltdown due to the dot.com bubble burst and the failure of several firms that my bank was using for my IRA investments. The final blow was the Enron debacle which wiped out my remaining savings and Enron pension! And I lost my job! I became financially insolvent and could not pay my bills. I could not even afford to file bankruptcy!!! NCO gets into the picture and was hounding me constantly, day and night, all hours. Calling friends, relatives, etc. I wrote them and asked they stop all correspondence and phone calls. They did honor that request since I sent it certified mail, return receipt with copies to other collection agencies.
However, NCO still reports to the credit bureaus twice each month on the old debts!! Each time they report, it is reported as a "new collection"-- probably to keep the reporting alive. For each report, they do not show any account number or other info. Most shows previous info, date of debt, etc. as "N/A" They try to make the report appear as a new account. It shows as "N/A" and is reported to me by my credit monitoring service as "New collections account added". I have that service mainly to prevent identity theft.
NCO's reports are NOT new collections!!! Actually the accounts are almost seven years old and should drop off my credit reports soon If the "churning" or "New collection added" maneuver doesn't preclude the credit reporting agency from automatically removing the accounts at seven years from date of original debt. I have no credit cards and exist solely on my Social Security and Walmart Greeting or grocery bagger pittance plus help from my five sons. At age 80 where else could I work? I would like to have a reasonably clean credit report/score before I die!!
Previous complaints to NCO about this weird reporting tactic causes them to move the account to another of their many identities so it appears as a new firm owning/reporting the account.
I will not correspond with NCO, to do so might be interpreted as an acknowledgment of a debt that is well beyond the statute of limitations. The credit bureaus suggest corresponding with NCO since all the CB's do is report what is sent to them, with no verification as to accuracy or validity.
NCO is a very nasty organization that skirts the law at every opportunity as evidenced by some of the large fines they have had to pay. They just find a new way around any obstacles and keep on doing their bad deeds.