Back in 2005 I got myself into a situation where I was gambling out of control and ended up taking money from my job to fund the habit.
At this time I also took a considerable bank loan, which I was offered with no problems at all.
About 3 months later I was arrested for taking the money and subsequently went to prison.
I stopped the repayments on the loan at the time I was arrested as I had no income coming in.
This account got defaulted in March 2006.
In October 2006 a debt collection agency wrote to me asking for payment,
at which time I explained the situation of being in prison and having no money.
I heard nothing more from anyone on the matter until last week.
I had a call on Thursday from 1st Credit, saying they were acting on behalf of the bank.
They asked me to confirm my identity which I refused to on the grounds that I had no idea who they were
and if they are calling me they should know my details, and I'm not about to divulge such information over the phone to a stranger.
At which point they said fine, they would put the details in the post to me.
This hasn't arrived yet, but I've still had calls every day since, which I've not answered as I recognise the number.
Now I'm assuming when this letter turns up, it's going to be asking for some or all of the money I owed at the time, around £15k.
As the default was listed in March 2006, this has now dropped completely off my credit file. My question is this:
Because I to whichever company wrote to me in October 2006 (not 1st credit),
and acknowledged the debt by saying I couldn't pay anything,
am I still within the 6 years for the debt being statute barred?
If this is the case, what options do I have?
Whilst I'm not for one second suggesting my actions as described above justify what happened,
I have spent the last 6 years rebuilding my life and not gambling, and having this come and bite me now is the last thing I need.
Any advice is welcome.