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  1. Here goes... I've been trying to find similar cases to my own, but have ended up confusing myself with masses of helpful advice - somebody please help. I have a Virgin MBNA card with a total debt of around £17K. I have stopped paying anything to them after the interest rate went through the roof, and I have been unable. I sent a CCA (with a postal order) on 10th May and when they phoned on 21st May I thought it was about that. It wasn't, just general hassle, so I copied the MBNA operative my letter (email) and waited. I waited until 8th July, at which point I spoke to another unsolicited MBNA caller and established that I should have sent my request to the "Customer Advocates Office", not the general MBNA Chester address. I sent another copy of my original letter (but no additional postal order). As I was typing a covering letter I took another MBNA call from a chap who began talking legalese. He asked me if I was handling this dispute myself or with help from CAG, and stated that even when the received my CCA request they needn't send me anything useful. He also referred me to the BBC website where a couple had been successful in their claim, but had been hit with an equivalent amount (£100K) in legal costs. He also said that they had done a credit check and seen that we are paying other debts (another credit card with a balance of about £1800, a £10K unsecured loan and a £250K mortgage). He said that as we were giving preference to other creditors he had done a check on the value of our property and that as there is some equity he would have a "charge" put on it to recover the debt. He added that MBNA had been successful in 90% of the cases that had gone to court. Having read other posts I like to think that this is threatening bluff, but Mrs Spoon is worried. Today the reponse to my CCA arrived - a 2 sided A4 sheet with a copy of a signature box on one side, and on the other a boxed bit of small print with "diamond" mark in the top left and some interest rates on the right. I'll wrestle with attaching copies if necessary, but it is nothing that will tell me if the agreement is properly executed. The date of the "agreement" is early 2005. Here is the twist to my case (I think). In a moment of money-worry induced madness my wife applied for the card on my behalf, and signed the document. Whilst I'm sure we spent the money, I'm wondering what I can hope to achieve by following this up. If we go down the route that my wife forged my signature are we going to get done for fraud? We have had a "kind" letter offering us reduced payments or the writing off of a proportion of the debt. What should I/we do next? Please help.
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