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NRC Collection Agency Debt Collector Relief: Your Guide to Fighting Back

What is NRC Collection Agency?

NRC – or National Recovery Corporation – is a debt collection agency; they buy up old debts from creditors, then they try to collect on those debts themselves. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, not so fast – these guys can be real bullies. They might call you at all hours, threaten you with lawsuits, or even try to garnish your wages. It’s a nightmare!But don’t worry, we’re here to help. At Spodek Law Group (check out our website at https://www.federallawyers.com or give us a ring at 212-210-1851), we’ve dealt with NRC and other shady debt collectors more times than we can count. We know all their tricks, and more importantly, we know how to fight back.

A Bit About Debt Buyers

Debt buyers like NRC purchase old, defaulted debts for pennies on the dollar from original creditors – credit card companies, hospitals, you name it. Then they try to collect the full amount from consumers, keeping whatever they can get as profit.Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this business model. But the problem is, these debts are often very old and the documentation is shoddy at best. Mistakes are common – they might have the wrong person, the wrong amount, or the debt might not even be legally enforceable anymore due to statutes of limitations.Despite this, debt buyers will use aggressive tactics to try and bully people into paying up. That’s where we come in.

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Your Rights Against Abusive Debt Collectors

Here’s the thing – you have rights when it comes to debt collectors under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). They can’t harass you, threaten you, or lie about the amount you owe. If they violate these rules, you could sue them in federal court.Some common violations by debt collectors like NRC include:

  • Calling you before 8am or after 9pm
  • Calling you at work after being told not to
  • Using profane or abusive language
  • Threatening arrest or legal action they can’t take
  • Failing to identify themselves as debt collectors

If NRC or any other debt collector has done any of these things, that’s a violation – and we can help you fight back. Head over to reddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/ConsumerProtection/) or check out Quora (https://www.quora.com/topic/Debt-Collection) for more info on your rights.

Statute of Limitations on Debt

One of the biggest issues with debt buyers is the age of the debts they purchase. In many states, there’s a statute of limitations on how long a creditor has to sue you over a debt – often 3-6 years from the last payment or account activity.Once that time is up, the debt is still legally owed but it’s considered “time-barred” – meaning they can’t take you to court over it. Shady debt collectors will still try to collect on these ancient debts though, hoping consumers don’t know their rights.If NRC or anyone else is coming after you for a really old debt, make sure to check the statute of limitations in your state. You might not have to pay at all! Sites like Avvo (https://www.avvo.com/topics/debt-collection), LawInfo (https://www.lawinfo.com/resources/debt-collection/), and FindLaw (https://www.findlaw.com/consumer/consumer-transactions/debt-collection-laws-by-state.html) have good overviews of debt collection laws.

Dealing With NRC Collection Agency

So let’s get into some specifics on how to handle NRC. First off, you have the right to request validation of the debt within 30 days of first being contacted. This means they have to provide real proof that you owe the money, like account statements or a contract you signed.A lot of the time, NRC won’t be able to produce this documentation – either because it’s too old or they simply don’t have it. If that’s the case, you can tell them to pound sand! No proof, no payment required.Even if they do validate the debt though, you still have options:

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  • Negotiate a settlement – Debt buyers often paid just a few cents on the dollar for your debt. You can use this as leverage to settle for a steep discount, often 25% or less of the amount owed.
  • Set up a payment plan – If you legitimately owe the money, you can try to work out an affordable payment arrangement to pay it off over time with no interest or fees.
  • Dispute the debt – If you really don’t think you owe it, you can send a debt dispute letter within 30 days. This forces them to either provide rock-solid proof or stop contacting you.
  • Hire an attorney – If NRC is violating laws or refusing to work with you, it might be time to lawyer up. We deal with these jokers all the time – just give us a call!

Potential Defenses Against NRC

There are a number of potential legal defenses you could use if NRC or another debt collector tries to sue you over an old debt. A few examples:

  • Statute of limitations – As mentioned, if the debt is too old they might be time-barred from suing.
  • Lack of proof – They need solid documentation and a paper trail to win in court. Hearsay won’t cut it.
  • Mistaken identity – If they have the wrong person, that’s an easy win.
  • Bankruptcy discharge – Debts discharged in bankruptcy can’t be re-collected.
  • Violations of the FDCPA – Their abusive tactics could get the case dismissed.

The key is to never just ignore a lawsuit – that’s an automatic loss. With the right defenses and some help from an experienced debt defense lawyer, you might be able to get it thrown out entirely.

Life After Debt: Rebuilding Your Credit

For many people dealing with debt collectors, the damage to their credit is already done. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with bad credit forever! There are steps you can take to start rebuilding:

  • Check your credit reports – Get free copies from AnnualCreditReport.com and dispute any errors you find. One wrong piece of info can tank your score.
  • Pay all current bills on time – Payment history is the biggest factor in your credit score. Get current and stay current!
  • Become an authorized user – See if a family member with good credit will add you as an authorized user on their credit card. Their good history will help your score.
  • Get a secured credit card – These require a refundable deposit that becomes your credit limit. Use it responsibly and your score will improve over time.
  • Be patient – Negative items can remain on your credit report for up to 7-10 years. But as time passes and you build good credit, their impact will lessen.

The road to better credit can be long, but it’s worth it. Good credit saves you money on loans, credit cards, mortgages, car payments – pretty much everything! Don’t let debt collectors like NRC keep you down forever.

Key Takeaways: You Can Beat NRC!

We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but the main points to remember are:

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  • You have rights against abusive debt collectors like NRC under the FDCPA
  • Always request debt validation and dispute anything you don’t recognize
  • Negotiate for debt settlement, set up affordable payment plans, or raise legal defenses
  • Don’t ignore lawsuits – fight them with the help of an experienced debt defense attorney
  • Take steps to rebuild your credit over time after resolving debt issues

NRC and their ilk are obnoxious, but you don’t have to just take their abuse. With the right knowledge and a bit of perseverance, you can get them off your back for good. We’ve helped tons of clients put an end to the harassment and get a fresh start.So if NRC is making your life miserable, reach out to the Spodek Law Group today! We offer free consultations, so you’ve got nothing to lose. Let’s take these bullies down together.

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