It’s been almost two years since Hollywood Video rented its last DVD and 364 days since we reported on former Hollywood customers receiving debt collection notices for debts they didn’t actually owe. And yet collectors for the dead-and-gone chain continues to haunt customers with wildly incorrect notices.
Houston’s KTRK-TV shares the story of one woman who received a debt collection notice for $119.75 for late fees on 13 rentals going back to 2009. Problem is, she not only claims she owes Hollywood nothing, but she’s never even heard of some of the titles on the list.
A University of Houston law professor tells KTRK that anyone who has a dispute with a debt collector should put their complaint in writing: “I would include a letter mentioning that I am aware of my rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. I don’t believe I owe this debt. I expect you to give me more information about when the debt was incurred, where this was incurred and dispute it… My guess is that people who dispute this, it’s probably going to make it go away. ”
Remember that you are within your rights to demand that the debt collector prove that you actually owe the debt they are trying to collect.
KTRK says that the receivers who snapped up Hollywood Video’s debts have said they will not report unpaid collections to credit bureaus.
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