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The closer you are to seven years, the more likely they are to deal with the debt.
You can also dispute the item with the credit bureaus (online).
Another common type of debt to end up with a collection agency is medical debt.
Your doctor or hospital decides when they hand the debt over to the collection agency, but it is usually around 60 days without payment.
There are a lot of horror stories here, given the complexities of our medical system.
Over 60 million people have medical collection items.
The phone never stops ringing, and they won’t stop asking for money.
However, after 180 days of collection activity, the bank “writes off” the debt.In the current model, the only way for a collection item to disappear is to wait seven years from the date it is first reported.So, that means seven years from the date that you become 180 days past due.At this point, most major banks will hire a collection agency to collect the debt.And after a few more months, the banks will typically sell the debt to a collection agency.