I have been reading the forums and the amount of helpful information on here is amazing.
I am hoping to get some advice about my situation.
I am an Australian Citizen but recent UK resident and I am having some issues with a DCA at the moment called Credit Corp.
Essentially they are chasing me for a 10k personal loan, that I wasn't be able to pay.
I haven't made payments in the last 9 months to 1 year so I am assuming the bank very recently sold it on to them.
They have called me at my place of work in the UK to identify me.
I did not want them to call me at work again due to the fact that all calls are recorded and listened to by my boss and I work in quite a small company and I have direct contact daily with the CEO and managing director so I dont want this to cause problems.
I have a few questions around privacy concerns and also am wanting some advice around what to do.
I am not in a financial position to pay the debt at the moment and I am quite sure I will not be returning to Australia within the foreseeable future to live there.
I don't want to skip out on this debt,
but I am also not in a position to meet their demands or pay much money as most of my salary is eaten up by high living costs here.
They have told me they expect me to pay £750-£1000 a fortnight,
this is 4x what I was paying on the loan originally,
and to be honest even if I could afford this I am debating if it is worth paying to this company.
They have made out like the bank is saying that I have to pay this much,
when further research shows that they buy debt for pennies on the dollar,
so they are trying to make money off of it.
I have had 2 discussions with the DCA,
one telling me to pay a lump settlement and one about structuring payments.
A few concerns I have at this stage around privacy and coercion are as follows :
I believe the DCA found my employment details on Facebook as I made this viewable to friends and friends of friends a few days ago,
however I don't add people I do not know,
so I am concerned about how they have found this information,
and if it is through Facebook if they are making fake profiles etc,
as I know from a limited amount of research this is not ethical and possibly not legal.
Is there a way for me to find out how they got this information?
The DCA rep also asked for my address in the UK and I advised I didn't want to give it to them, they advised me this is required by law.
I do not believe this is correct.
Can someone please verify this? I have given a past address for now,
and if it is required I can tell them I have moved and give them my new address.
If this is a lie, then essentially what can I/should I do about this?
Can I complain, or use this to assist me in getting them to stop contacting me?
My main concern at this point is legal ramifications,
which from what I have read for the amount of money I owe I should be fairly ok as they probably won't do much apart from make threats.
I am only on a short visa,
but I believe the company I work for will be able to assist me in obtaining a work permit and then eventually I will be able to get residency and a UK passport.
This is a fairly recent debt,
so they still have a long time to chase it before statute of limitations set in,
do you guys think it may cause me legal issues down the track
or that if they sell it to a UK debt collection agency that this will cause problems with UK credit?
I don't have any credit at the moment,
but this may be something that I need to look into further on down the track if I settle here.
I am also worried they won't stop coming for me for the next 5-6 years at least,
which would be frustrating and stressful,
I guess feeling like I'm looking over my shoulder waiting for the harassment.
My main concern is that they will keep harassing me and calling me at work,
as letters emails and personal calls are easier to deal with.
I have read on the ACCC website that if I write to them and ask them to stop all contact that they will only be able to send court orders etc. and only in writing. Is this accurate?
Or will they continue to hound me, as this is the indication I am getting from other people's posts on here.
If this is the case would it be better to ask them to contact me by email or post only?
If they don't oblige I am gathering I can complain to the ACCC either way,
which should help stop them for a little while atleast.
I am assuming if I do this they will get their UK attorneys to send me threatening letters and start calling me, again from posts of people in similar situations on this forum.
Any advice you can give me would be much appreciated.
My main focus at the moment is just getting rid of them for the moment,
and then looking into the legal ramifications and options and making a plan from there rather than being pressured into someone who is trying to meet their KPI target for the month and lying to me to get my money.
Thanks to all the people that have posted similar situations,
it's already been a massive help in easing my mind and helping me not stress about this situation so I can get it resolved one way or the other.