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Good morning. You can call them, but do not send them any money. Calling them and/or verifying anything does nothing to extend the statute of limitations. What you don't want to do is to either pay them one dime or sign anything that would constitute a new agreement. Either of those actions will re-start the statute of limitations, but nothing else will. Also, make sure you don't let any collection agency intimidate you into doing anything. They all lie and misrepresent the facts, including lawsuits and criminal prosecution and the status of the statute of limitations. If you are served with a summons you are being sued, then contact a lawyer to evaluate your options, but otherwise do nothing at the direction of the collection agency. If they continue to pester you, a recipient of such contact from a collection agency wouldwant to send them a certified, return receipt requested letter explaining therecipient does not owe this debt or cannot pay this debt and demand they immediately cease and desistall further efforts to contact the recipient and/or anyone else to collect thisdebt. The recipient would inform themthat any efforts to do otherwise will constitute a violation of the Fair DebtCollection Practices Act and that eachand every violation would be reported to the Federal Trade Commission. Eachviolation carries at least a $1,000 fine, so this should be the end of theproblem.
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