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I hope someone can help me in 2000 barclays closed my busines account and also my personal account because i had exceeded my overdraft limit i agreed to pay the amount back and they accepted this i owed £3280 and repaid £500 straight away. I was out of work and could not afford to pay any more so i asked for some time to pay they wasted no time in sending me a CCJ this annoyed me so i let it run its course and it was on my credit rating fo 6 years since then i buried my head in the sand and ignored any letters from debt collection agencies until recently when i had a couple from Scotcall i don"t know what to do about this when I received a letter from Barclays telling me my personal account was over the agreed overdraft limit this is the same account they closed 9 years earlier so I phoned them and asked for my statements for the past 9 years they said they only went back three years this bill of £174 must be madr up of charges and its took almost ten years to contact me i don"t know what to do about either of these things and would really appreciate some advice



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Hi Idal and welcome to CAG.


Firstly, The Limitation Act 1980 says that the bank, or it's agents, cannot pursue any debt that is over 6 years old.


If you haven't paid toward the debt, or acknowledged it in any letters, in the last 6 years, the debt is Staute Barred.


See item 2 here for a letter to send to Scotcall - The Consumer Forums - Debt collectors


Are you saying Barclays have recently contacted you saying the a/c, which you thought was closed, is still open and overdrawn ? Where does the £174 fit into the picture ?


Interestingly, if you suffered any default charges on the personal a/c since 1995, you can still reclaim these but you need the statement data to do this. Do you still have old statements for the personal a/c.


Reclaiming charges on the business a/c is more complicated and not something you should start until you've spent the necessary time reading up on the subject. CAG is working on a strategy for business a/c charges, but this is work-in-progress.


So you can certainly tell Scotcall to back off. And you'll need to review whether you want to reclaim charges on the personal a/c.


Spend time reading around the forums. See here about business a/c charges - Business claims for bank charges - The Consumer Forums :)

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