Be careful. First of all, some debt collectors buy up old debt just to see what payments they can get out of people. They may have no legal right to collect a debt that old, but they try to get people to voluntarily pay. I would request copies of the original paperwork to be sure they have some sort of proof of the debt. If they don't have anything, you may not have to pay at all.
Ten years is much too long to start paying, and you should NOT pay anything.
This common practice of trying to get you to pay, is also likely in violation of fair debt collection law, because too much time has passed to allow collection of this debt, provided you have made no payment in the last 10 years.
Even if you do settle, you likely would receive a 1099 form for the unpaid balance, which would be phantom income added to your taxable income, so a propesed settlement at $3,000 may cost you much more.
If you talk to them, which you should not, you may ask for verification of the debt, and send the collector a letter asking they cease calling you.
If your debts are overwhelming, you may benefit from conferring with an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
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the statute of limitations for breach of contract in Texas is four years. They can report it on your credit for up to 7 years. I would tell them to "go to hell" and pay zero. If you have more recent debt problems, please call me, I am open Saturday.
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The debt is barred by the statute of limitations. Payment of any money revives the debt and the statute of limitations defense is waived.