Creditors hounding us for several ex family members

by Angie

We get at least two calls a days from different collection agencies asking for my husband's ex wife, her brother, her adult daughter, and her sister. This has been going on for the last six years beginning in 2006. Even though I tell them they don't live here, they call back repeatedly. The most recent began calling three days ago (June 8)and has called back every day. Their number on my caller ID is "Out of area," and it is the same man every time. I have asked him to please take us off the list every time. On the internet it lists my husband as a possible relative for these people even though he has not been married to this woman for the last 10 years. It has been very difficult to remain civil to these people. Help, please.

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Sep 19, 2015
Fed Up in NJ
by: Amy

I get 5-6 robo-call messages a week (which I never answer) asking that my ex-husband (who I divorced over 20 years ago and is now deceased) contact them immediately. He has never lived in my current home nor ever used my current phone number. My last name is not even the same as his.

Today when I got home there was a call asking for my daughter regarding her father's debt and when I called back to see where they were calling from, it was Allied Financial Deceased Account Center.

Can my daughter be held liable for her deceased father's debts? She never lived with him and he died dead broke in debt up to his eyeballs without leaving a will. He had a life insurance policy that was paid out to his girlfriend but my daughter was never given any money at all.

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Absolutely not, unless he cosigned for these accounts. You may want to get a free consultation with a consumer law attorney to find out if the collection agency's actions are illegal. If so they may be able to help you at no out of pocket cost to you. Get free legal advice about debt collection here.

Jul 17, 2012
Creditors hounding us for several ex family members
by: Debtcollectionanswers

Wow, that is a long time to be receiving those phone calls. I would be tired of them too!

Do you have a phone number for your husband's ex-wife or for any of her relatives? If you do, you might want to consider giving the number/s to the collectors next time they call. Doing so might end the calls to you.

Also, you can write each of the collection agencies a letter telling it that you do not want to be contacted again. You may be able to find the addresses by searching the Internet. Make a copy of your letters and send each of them via certified mail with a return receipt requested.

Other options: Change your phone number or block their phone numbers.

Finally, if none of my advice works or is practical given your situation, I recommend that you consult with a consumer law attorney in your area who helps people resolve debt collection problems. One thought is for the attorney to write a threatening letter on your behalf to each of the debt collection agencies. That kind of letter may get you the results you want. Again however, you will need at least the names of the agencies that are hounding you. The attorney may also recommend filing a lawsuit against each of the agencies given their harassing behavior.

Good luck!

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