Received a Amalgamated Collection Services Debt Letter? – Here’s What To Do
The following section explains the steps you need to take after receiving a letter from the debt collection agency Amalgamated Collection Services.
- Has Amalgamated Collection Services Limited contacted you?
- Are you unsure of what you should do next?
- Do you really owe Amalgamated Collection Services the money they say you do?
- Do you need advice on how to deal with Amalgamated Collection Services?
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If Amalgamated Collection Services Limited has sent you a letter asking for debt repayment you may feel as though the company is pursuing you for money that you do not believe you owe.
They have likely sent you a letter that claims you owe them money without ever having loaned you money or providing you with any type of service.
You may not recognize Amalgamated Collection Services because they are a debt collection agency that purchases debt from other companies.
How did Amalgamated Collection Services get my debt?
Amalgamated Collection Services buys defaulted accounts in bulk or chases bad debts from finance companies on behalf of companies such as United Utilities, Scottish Power, O2, BT, and more.
They purchase the debt for a low price and then pursue the debtor for the entire amount. If they can manage to convince 20% of the people they contact to pay them, then they will double their money.
Amalgamated Collection Services Debt Letters
Debt collectors such as Amalgamated Collection Services often send standard company letters, first demanding that you phone them to set up a payment plan, and later making threats to visit you at your home address.
Amalgamated Collection Services will then write to you again, this time offering to settle outside of court, then making threats to initiate court proceedings to get a county court judgement against you or even force you into bankruptcy.
There is no need to take these standard company letters personally, but they can continue for many months.
How will they contact me?
The company may attempt to reach you by phone and will repeatedly call each day until you pick up the phone, but they do not leave voice mail messages.
What can I do about phone calls?
If Amalgamated Collection Services has contacted you, then continue reading to find out what steps you can take. If they have sent you a threatening letter then consider letting Money Advice Online deal with the company for you.
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What is the Amalgamated Collection Services able to do?
Debt collectors such as Amalgamated Collection Services are required to follow the Canadian Government regarding debt collection.
In order for companies such as Amalgamated Collection Services to operate as a debt collection company, they need to comply with the minimum standards for debt collection that the Canadian Government has set.
What about interest and charges?
Amalgamated Collection Services cannot claim excessive or unfair debt collection charges or harass you in any way. They do not have the right to make threats of seizing your property when they cannot lawfully do so. They cannot directly contact you, bypassing an appointed company representative. The Canadian Government can ban debt collectors for making threats of legal action that are not likely to occur.
Can they come into my house?
Company representatives cannot just show up at your door. They are required to provide you with advanced notice before visiting your home address.
If you have failed to repay a loan on time, your credit file has probably suffered. Your account will likely be marked as default by the Amalgamated Collection Services company.
Shall I ignore Amalgamated Collection Services ?
It is unwise to ignore debt collection agencies; they do not give up. If you continue to ignore them, they may take you to court, which can result in you having to deal with Bailiffs or a charging order if you own your own home.
How to get help
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Although you may be worried about your situation, you are not required to prove that you do not owe the money Amalgamated Collection Services is asking for, it is the agency that is responsible for verifying who owns the debt and the amount owing.
Amalgamated Collection Services commonly contacts people with the same name in the hopes that one of the recipients will pay them.
There are many efficient ways to respond to debt collectors who contact you, depending on your current situation.
Use the ‘Proof of Debt Letter’ to Stop Harassment
Since it is the debt collectors job to prove that you owe them money, you can use the proof of debt letter shown below to ask Amalgamated Collection Services to confirm that the debt is genuinely yours. If the company is unable to provide adequate proof, they may mark the debt as settled.
Please Note: The following letter is not a substitute for legal advice.
- (insert your first and last name)
(insert your address OR your P.O. Box)
(insert your city, postal code (or P.O. Box’s city and postal code))
(insert collection agency name)
(insert collection agency address)
(insert collection agency city, postal code)
Dear (insert collection agent’s name):
(if you don’t have a name use – To Whom It May Concern)
Re: your account # (enter the account number that they gave to you)
Without sufficient information at this time to ascertain whether your collection agency is legally authorized to collect money from me, this is a reasonable request of you and your agency to substantiate whether I have any legal obligation to pay you.
On that basis and to that end, I request that you and your agency provide me with the following good and valid evidence:
1) a valid copy of the original signed contract with the original creditor;
2) a valid copy of the original statements from the original creditor showing the balance amount of the debt owing;
3) a letter from the original creditor to (insert collection agency’s full legal name) that grants (insert collection agency’s full legal name) the authority to legally collect on the debt;
4) proper and complete written notice concerning the debt;
5) valid proof from the original creditor of my clear consent to disclose my personal information to your agency a third party; and
6) a valid (insert collection agency’s full legal name) collector’s licence and the collection agent named (insert collection agent’s name as given to you) valid collector’s licence for the province of Ontario, Canada.
If you are able to provide me with the proper documentation as requested above, then I may be willing to work with you to negotiate small monthly payments. Note that I do not work and have no individual assets. Furthermore, I ask that you restrict all communication with me to being only in writing only sent to the address noted in this letter.
(Type your first and last name here, DO NOT ADD YOUR SIGNATURE )
Download and fill out the proof of debt letter.
Once you have printed, filled out and sent the proof of debt letter, the debt collection agency may respond by saying they have traced the owed debt back to you, ordering you to respond to them by a given deadline. Disregard this message.
The company still needs to provide you with proof that you owe the debt, which is likely the original loan agreement that includes your signature. It is vital not to sign the letter you send because they can use your signature to make a recreation of the original loan agreement.
If you honestly do not owe them any money, they should send you a letter stating that they have ceased all debt recovery actions and stop contacting you. If you do owe them money, then you should plan to repay the debt in instalments or a lump sum if possible.
Can Amalgamated Collection Services take me to court?
If you owe money to Amalgamated Collection Services and you do not pay, you can be sued. If Amalgamated Collection Services sues you and wins, the court will enter a judgment (also called an order) against you that says you must pay back the debt. But if all your money and property are protected, then creditors cannot take them from you. Get free advice here.
Legally write off up to 85% of debt to Amalgamated Collection Services
Unaffordable debt to Amalgamated Collection Services can be legally written off by using the LEGISLATED Scottish Trust Deed or IVA program (If you reside in England). This can also protect your assets, such as your house or car from repossession. See if you qualify by using our free debt calculator here.
How can I stop debt letters from Amalgamated Collection Services?
Write to Amalgamated Collection Services to Request them to Stop Contacting You (If That's What You Want) Under the FCA guidelines, if you request that a debt collector stop contacting you completely, it must do so (with a few exceptions). Your request must be in writing. You can use our 'prove the debt letter' to do this. Download it for free here.
Can Amalgamated Collection Services come into my house?
Without a court order, absolutely not. Neither Amalgamated Collection Services or any other debt collection agency nor a debt collector is considered a court-appointed bailiff. Amalgamated Collection Services may visit the address of a debtor but cannot enter the dwelling without the consent of the resident.