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Hi, first off great forum.


Last year I emigrated to America, I knew that when I arrived the visa I had would only allow me to work for 90 days then I would have to apply to immigration for a 'proper' work permit which could take months to arrive. My only source of income in the mean time would be my armed forces pension which isn't a massive amount.


I had outstanding balances owed to Littlewoods Personal Finance (£1000) and Capital One (£750) when I left the country and wrote to both companies explaining the situation and asking whether they would be understanding that I would probably not be able to afford the monthly payments for a while until I was settled. I gave them my address in the US and then proceeded to get on with my new life. Previous to leaving the country I had temporarily moved back into my mothers house and that was were my mail was being sent at that time. After 2 months of being in America I had not heard from either company and nothing had arrived at my mothers address apart from the usual monthly bills so I wrote again to both companies again explaining my situation. I heard nothing and must admit I put it to the back of my mind as I was having enough trouble trying to find work etc in America. I did ask my mother if anything had arrived from either company but she assured me that it had not, only the usual junk mail with she diligently shredded and binned for me!


Anyway now to the point of my post (sorry for being long winded) last week I had to return to the UK for a family emergency and whilst I was back at my mums a few letters arrived for me from Lowells DCA (3 in 4 days), according to their letters they had been trying to contact me for a while with reference to the debt owed to Barclaycard via Littlewoods Finance. I must admit in my mothers defense the letters did look like junk mail so she had probably shredded and binned them without realising. Then on Friday a letter arrived from Hamptons threatening me with legal action saying that I now owed £1499 and could face another £233 in legal fees. I am worried sick about this as I am still out of work in America and with my wifes wages and my pension we are barely keeping our heads above water as it is.


I would like to pay off the debt but cannot afford much per month at this moment in time, what should I do first? I will be going back to America next month and don't want a court case hanging over me :(


Thanks in advance for any advice

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well for a start they are DCA's

they have no LEGAL POWERS and can do nothing to you bar sending threat-o-grams.


also they [dca's] cannot add charges or fees or interest.


how old are the debts and whwn was the last time you used the card or paid anything off?


my thoughts lie with an sar to each and reclaim the charges and ppi i bet you have also been lumbered with by the oc.



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if everyone stopped blindly paying DCA's tomorrow

the biggest financial industry in the UK, DCA;s would collapse overnight.



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Hamptons are just another desk in the Lowell threat centre (along with Red)

They have no legal powers to money off you whatsoever.

They wont go anywhere near a court, just rely on threats that you pay up.

Tell them to go away & report them to the OFT/trading standards.

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Hi there, i am going through the same system at the moment with Lowells, otherwise none as Hamptons Legal, have already sent CCA and had reply letter from them, perhaps you could look at my threads,as i am also dealing with Capital One aswell.

Hope this helps a bit Steve

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Ignore them - send the letters back "not at this address".


Once you are back in the US these cretins have no right to enforce anything against you UNLESS they do so in America - highly unlikely due to the cost. The CCA1974 does not apply and CANNOT be enforced in the US!!!!


If they were to get a CCJ against you, then you can apply for this to be set-aside and struck off - they can only issue proceedings if you are able to defend (which you will not be able to).


Don't worry about the Leeds Losers.......:)

:)I am not an expert, but I can give good advice about Brighthouse:)


Am learning more and more about DCA's too :)


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I suggest you also check out the Ex-pat Focus forums Expat Focus - Forums - Expat Issues (scroll down for country specific forums) - Personal Finance (scroll down for country specific forums) - Personal Finance is a very common topic of discussion & they should be able to answer all your questions from their own experiences.

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Thanks very much to all who have replied, the advice you have given has eased my worries enormously.


In answer to dx100uk, the debts are from 2007 which is the last time I used the cards and I made my last payments on them in March last year.


Also thanks for the expats link, I am sure that will be a goldmine of info' not just for this issue.


You all do a great job, keep up the fantastic work!

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