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Did you file for bankruptcy at any point between 2001 and now?
no i have not file no bankruptcy.
In California, the statute of limitations on credit card debt is four years.
Unfortunately, it appears you may have been tricked by a practice called the "re-aging" of debts. When you made the $25 payment in 2009, the clock on the statute of limitations may have started anew, even if the debt was close to or even past the statute of limitations period at that time.
Thus, if the last activity on the account was the 12/09 payment, the credit card company or collection agency may have until 12/13 to file a lawsuit against you without violating the statute of limitations.
Please understand that if you acknowledge the debt or make any additional payments on this account, the statute of limitations could be reset AGAIN.
Here are some sample letters that you can write to the collections agency that will help limit the harrassing phone calls you may receive without acknowledging that you owe a debt (which you decidedly do NOT want to do).
in the begining of the year, i got credit report and this liability was not reflected on my report. could they reflect this on my creidt report due to this trick of "reaging"
It's possible that the collections agency could restart collections (it sounds like this may have already happened), and then the debt could be reported to the credit bureaus. There may be a delay of a few months between the time the debt would be reported as delinquent and the time it would show up on your credit report.
If you want to dispute the debt (i.e. the debt would be reported as "in dispute" to the credit bureaus), see the following link: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-dispute-your-debt-with-a-debt-collector.html
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