Contact them and offer to pay if they agree not to post to your CR. Just be advised they can post it at any time so be nice and sweet.
I just realized that NCO bought an old collection account of mine but it's not yet showing up on my credit report. I want to pay it before they report but how do I ensure that they don't report it as "paid"? Can I get them to put something in writing or am I just being paranoid?
It's just that I've read such awful things about NCO!
Yeah just make sure whatever you do get it in writing first