I posted this on my other forum, but needed to vent to my buds on SBF as well....
This thing is STILL haunting me, following me around as I have continued to dispute this to various collection agencies. I guess these outstanding debts just get sold off over time so that is why every few years a different collection agency contacts me and I have to jump through hoops again.
It isn't on my credit anymore, although it took an act of God to get it off and now with a new notice in the mail to me, I fear the consequences of it hitting my report again.
The deal: I have a collection Notice outstanding for a few phone bills which total about $1300, they are showing from Verizon but there have been several carriers listed over the years. The bills and my home of record show as being in California, from the years 1999/2000. Here is the problem, from 1996 to 2001 I was stationed in GERMANY.
From then I moved to Oklahoma, and finally here in Ohio. Never once have a lived in California, clearly a case of identity theft.
I make my case known and each time the debt collectors could really care less (they aren't paid to care I guess). So now, I have to write a letter to them and provide tons of documentation (military orders, tax returns, awards, housing assignments) all which show beyond a shadow of a doubt that I lived in Germany. The issue is, will they use common sense and realize this or continue to pester me with collection notices?