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Hello there an bit of advice would be really helpful here please

 

Lowell portfolio and RED debt collection have both written to me in the past 4 days concerning and old debt with Barclaycard from 1999

 

This is a debt that i beleived was paid off in february 1999 under the remit of a CCJ granted in 1996

 

I have had no contact with either Barclaycard ,their appointed solicitors or any court official since that final payment in 1999.

 

Consequently i find myself wondering if i am going to be liable for a debt which i believe to be satisfied .

I have contacted Barclaycard who would only say that my file is one of thousands that have been purchased by Lowell and that matter is nothing to do with them and cannot help me .

 

I have read on the net and this site about statute barred but i am not sure if this applies to this case even though there is no record of this CCJ on my recent credit reports

 

any advice would be greatly appreciated

 

cheers

homerref

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In this case I would send a simple "prove it" letter.

The onus is on RED debt to prove that the debt is valid and owing.

 

It seem RED/Lowells have recently "purchased" a whole raft of extremely old debts.

 

Dear Sir/Madam

 

You have contacted me/us regarding the account with the above reference number, which you claim is owed by myself/ourselves.

 

I/we would point out that I/we have no knowledge of any such debt being owed to (insert company name).

 

I am/we are familiar with the Office of Fair Trading Debt Collection Guidance which states that it unfair to send demands for payment to an individual when it is uncertain that they are the debtor in question.

 

I/we would also point out that the OFT say under the Guidance that it is unfair to pursue third parties for payment when they are not liable. In not ceasing collection activity whilst investigating a reasonably queried or disputed debt you are using deceptive/and or unfair methods.

 

Furthermore ignoring and/or disregarding claims that debts have been settled or are disputed and continuing to make unjustified demands for payment amounts to physical/psychological harassment.

 

I/we would ask that no further contact be made concerning the above account unless you can provide evidence as to my/our liability for the debt in question.

 

I/we await your written confirmation that this matter is now closed. Otherwise I will have no option but to make a complaint to the trading standards department and consider informing the OFT of your actions.

 

I/we look forward to your reply.

 

Yours faithfully

 

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  • 2 months later...

apologies for a lack of any update but i dint want to tempt fate

as advised i sent a standard letter to lowell portfolio and have not had any further communications from lowell or red debt collections

fingers crossed

and thanks for your help and advice

homerref

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Thanks for update, Homerref.

 

Your thread's here in BC forum now - probably it was in Debt forum before? May have been moved in big Debt Forum reschuffle a few weeks back.

 

No worries - if they start to hassle you again, shout and we'll help.

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