Report: Hundreds Of Thousands Told They Owe Defunct Hollywood Video

It turns out the reader who received a mysterious notice saying he owed a bunch of money to deceased Hollywood Video is far from alone.

Several readers chimed in with similar stories after the post went up, and an MSNBC report says hundreds of thousands of people found collection notices in their credit files without receiving notifications. The notices came from an Oklahoma-based debt collection outfit, and several of the recipients say they never owed Hollywood Video.

The story says people have filed complaints against the company in at least six states, the Kansas attorney general warns the letters are a possible scam, and Montana has sued the debt collection company, charging “unfair and deceptive business practices.”

Video late fee? Forget about that mortgage [MSNBC]
(Thanks, Stacey!)

Previously: Debt Collection Company Says I Owe Hollywood Video Money

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