Good afternoon. Your best bet at this point to keep the collection agency at bay is to be very aggressive in contesting the claim itself. Send them a certified, return receipt requested letter explaining why you do not owe this debt and demand they immediately cease and desist all further efforts to contact you and/or anyone else to collect this debt. Inform them that any efforts to do otherwise will: i) result in you suing the companyfor breach of contract and a deceptive trade practice action, and ii) on behalf of the collection agency, constitute a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and that you will report each and every violation to the Federal Trade Commission. Each violation carries at least a $1,000 fine, so that should be the end of things for you.
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