How Do I Know What Collection Agency Has My Debt?

Most collection firms submit debts to the credit bureaus, so a recent copy of your credit report may have the name and phone number you require.

How do I find out what accounts I have in collections?

The collection account did not appear in your credit report but was listed in the credit report obtained by the bank for at least two reasons.

  • It’s possible that the report came from a different credit reporting agency. Check your most recent credit reports from each of the three credit agencies to see what you have in collections. Account information is not required to be reported to all three national credit reporting bureaus by collection agencies. Some collection agencies, in fact, may elect not to record their accounts at all. This means that a collection account may appear on one or more of your credit reports, but not all of them.
  • It’s possible that the collection account was added after you received your report. You don’t say when you got your report or how long it took you to get to the bank. A credit report’s information is updated on a regular basis. It’s likely that the collection account was added in the time between when you requested your report and when the bank requested an updated report.

How Can I Find Out What I Have in Collections??

Each of the three national credit reporting organizations is required by law to provide you with a credit report once every 12 months. If you have had unfavorable action taken against you as a result of information in your report, you are also entitled to a free credit report, but only from the credit reporting organization that gave the information.

The bank that obtained your credit report should be able to inform you which credit reporting agency they utilized to do so. Some banks obtain credit information from all three agencies and generate a “tri-merge” report, which combines the information. They should, however, be able to inform you which of the three credit reporting agencies reported the account.

If a collection account with an outstanding balance appears on one of your credit reports, you will almost certainly have to settle that balance before the bank would accept your mortgage loan. Once paid, the account will be amended to reflect that it has been paid in full, or the collection agency may delete the account from your credit report. Collection accounts stay on your credit report for seven years from the original debt’s delinquency date.

The original creditor and the new collection account should both appear on your credit report. With the original debt, it may also say “transferred to” and the name of the collection agency, and the collection account might say “transferred from” and the name of the original creditor.

Get Your Credit Reports before Applying for a Mortgage

Request a copy of your credit reports from each of the three major credit reporting agencies at least three to six months before applying for a mortgage or making any other major transaction. This allows you to address any discrepancies and rectify any difficulties before submitting your application.

Keep in mind that you could have an outstanding debt that isn’t reported to any of the credit reporting companies.

How do I find out who owns charge offs?

Examine your report again, paying particular attention to the Creditor Account Information section and the Collection Agency Account Information section. You should be able to discover the debt in question using these two methods.

Can you go to jail for debt?

Not being able to satisfy payment responsibilities can cause anxiety and stress, but in most situations, you will not be sentenced to prison if you are unable to repay your debts.

You cannot be jailed or imprisoned just because you owe money on a credit card or a student loan. However, if you haven’t paid your taxes or child support, you may have cause for concern.

Will Credit Karma show collections?

Credit Karma will indicate collections, just like it does with other factors that affect your credit report. Collections are debts that creditors send to collection agencies after the payment due date has passed, which is usually 120–180 days.

Do all collections show up on credit report?

Collections are a continuation of a debt owing, and they can be on your credit report for up to 7 years from the day the obligation went delinquent and was not brought current. If, on the other hand, an account became delinquent today and the payments were never brought current, the account was charged off as bad debt, canceled, and sent to collection, the initial delinquency date would be today.

Even if a collection agency has assumed the obligation, that negative record will automatically disappear from your credit report after seven years. When a debt is moved to another creditor, the clock on the debt does not reset; your initial delinquency date remains the same for both the original account and the collection agency account.

Does paying collections restart 7 years?

  • Making a payment on an old obligation, whether in full or in part, brings it back to life, thus restarting the clock on the debt.
  • Accepting responsibility for the debt and agreeing to pay it: If you accept responsibility for the debt and agree to pay it, the statute of limitations on your obligation will be reset.
  • Making a charge: If you make a charge to your account and have old credit card or revolving debt, the clock on your old debt will start over.
  • Having a bankruptcy discharge revoked: Creditors can no longer recover debts through legal means if you discharge debt through bankruptcy without their objections. However, if the court determines that your debt was dismissed fraudulently, the discharge may be rescinded.

Keep in mind that when the debt statute of limitations runs out, you’ll have to start over. So, if your statute of limitations is seven years and you charge the account after six years of inactivity, it will be reopened from the beginning.

How does old debt work?

Debt collection agencies are legally allowed to sue you until the statute of limitations runs out — usually three to six years, depending on where you live. Old debt will likely affect your credit reports for seven years after it was first marked delinquent, and debt collection agencies are legally allowed to sue you until the statute of limitations runs out — typically three to six years, depending on where you live. While a debt collector cannot sue you for a debt that has passed the statute of limitations, they can still try to collect the bill. This means they can keep calling and writing to you until you pay up. Having previous debt on your credit report might have a negative impact on your other finances, such as your ability to obtain credit cards and loans.

Are you legally obligated to pay a collection agency?

You risk having your account forwarded to a collection agency if you default on a credit card, loan, or even your monthly internet or utility payments. These companies are employed to go for a company’s unpaid debts. Even if your debt is handed to a collection agency, you are still responsible for it.

Many consumers are reluctant to pay collection agencies, possibly because there is no immediate benefit to paying off the debt—other than the debt collectors’ calls ceasing. However, before you decide not to pay off a debt in collection, be sure you understand the implications of doing so.

How can I check my debt online?

Experian has provided free credit reports and credit scores on My Credit Check and My Credit Expert, our easy-to-use online portals that allow all South African citizens with valid South African ID numbers to access their credit information via their personal extensive credit reports, since the acquisition of Compuscan in 2019.

My Credit Check and My Credit Expert can help you understand your credit data, show you how to monitor accounts, manage debt, and enhance your credit profile, whether you are a first-time credit report user or not.

Using the My Credit Check or My Credit Expert websites, you may view your personal credit reports.

  • My Credit Check, which can be found at, uses data from Experian Sigma, which is the historical Compuscan bureau database.
  • The Experian Sigma database is used to compile your My Credit Check credit report and credit score.
  • Data from the Experian database is used in the My Credit Expert portal, which can be found at
  • The Experian database is used to construct your My Credit Expert credit report and credit score.

Because the procedures and variables used to calculate the scores differ, your credit score based on the Experian Sigma Database may differ from your credit score based on the Experian Database. These two datasets, as well as the scoring models, are currently maintained separate.

What happens if I don’t go to court for debt collection?

If you do nothing, a judgment may be made against you. If this occurs, the creditor may be able to enforce the judgment by seizing your possessions and selling them to recoup their losses.

What debt collectors can do?

There are five things debt collectors can do.

  • Make a payment on a debt that has passed its due date. A statute of limitations applies to all unsecured obligations, such as credit cards and medical expenses.