Just got a letter in the mail that my credit card debt(charge off) from 4 years ago from Corefirst (OC) is now at Collections Bureau of Kansas and my orinigal balance of 6k is now 10,783.70 because "interest continues to accrue" what are my options on this? As i don't want to pay these people 4k in interest.
call them and ask for a settlement amount/payment plan
you may need to pay in one shot if they give you a settlement - so be prepared for that - hope for 50% of the outstanding amount (this will include the $4k in interest - there is no getting away from that)
definitely get this one down to $0, as it will be holding down your scores
Unfortunately if it's been sold to a CA, I believe yes, they are allowed to add fees. It's really murky how much they're allowed to, and there aren't any real laws forcing them to reveal that to you. Best you can do is try to negotiate a settlement of the total balance, fees and all. At least that's what a quick google search turned up.
I'll ping @RobertEG, he may have some more advice.
" FDCPA 808. Unfair practices
A debt collector may not use unfair or unconscionable means to collect or attempt to collect any debt. Without limiting the general application of the foregoing, the following conduct is a violation of this section:
(1) The collection of any amount (including any interest, fee, charge, or expense incidental to the principal obligation) unless such amount is expressly authorized by the agreement creating the debt or permitted by law. "
You need to dig out your account agreement associated with the debt and determine whether or not it specifically authorizes a debt collector to add interest to the debt and also check whether your state sets any statutory or regulatory limits on the amount of interest that can be charged.
good to know @RobertEG
my rough math is that they have been charging 12-14%
and that is for interest only - unsure if any penalty amounts have been added, which would lower that %
basically leaving $6k for 4 years without payments, is going to add up no matter how low the interest rate is...
have the CA send you a full accounting report from the day they acquired the debt