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5 debt settlement do's and don'ts

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If you pay a debt settlement, find out if it shows up properly on your credit report. Jackey says some creditors fail to report settlement payments to credit bureaus even though they are required by law to do so, leaving the consumer's credit report showing their accounts as indefinitely delinquent.

"Sometimes a client will come in to us with a credit report that doesn't even show that a portion of the account was written off. It shows that the full balance is still owed," Jackey says.

Also, make sure that creditors stop calling and sending debt collection letters in exchange for your payment plan, she says.


 

 

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