How can i find out if a credit card company (capital one) sold my debt to a collection agency.

Asked about 3 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

received my letters from collection companies about debt. only to get one recently from capital one asking for the money. did they never sell this debt? now another company has contacted me. how can i tell if this debt was sold to them, or is this still capital one?

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    Answered . Ms. Bunce's posting hits the nail on the head with her suggestion that you obtain your credit reports. I have linked to my blog on how to get your free annual credit report information below and why you should do this each year. Now is the perfect time to check your credit for any and all errors and properly dispute any errors.
    Mr. Sullivan's idea to ask for the documentation is okay, but most of my clients tell me that they spoke with the debt collector and asked for documentation, but it either never arrived or the documents sent was simply a letter with general information about the debt, not specific proof of assignment. There is no legal way for a consumer to enforce a demand for this information, without a lawsuit being filed for the unpaid debt against you or by you (and your lawyer) for any debt collection harassment.

    Getting back to Ms. Bunce's idea to order your credit reports: they will show the original creditor's trade line for this account and any other companies that now own the account or are collecting on behalf of the creditor. If the original creditor no longer owns the account, their trade line show indicate that fact by stating something such as: transferred to another entity. I hope you take a look at my blog posting on the "Don't Pay a Dime Strategy."

    Robert Stempler (please see DISCLAIMER below)

    NOTICE: The above statements are provided for general information purposes only and are not intended as legal... more
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    Answered . Sometimes debts are sold to collectors, and sometimes debts are only assigned to a collector, while the original creditor still owns the debt.

    From your perspective, why does it matter?

    Another way to find out would be to check your credit report, although the information may take time to appear on the credit report. I am posting a link to the free annual credit report site so you can investigate this further.

    Hope this perspective helps!

  3. Answered . you can call and ask for proof of ownership currently of debt.

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    Answered . Capital One is not known to sell debts. The third party collectors are very likely doing so as agents of Capital One rather than on their own or for anyone else.

    American Express doesn't sell either.

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