Default in the credit card industry is, by itself, an entire industry that many people benefit from. But here’s the good news: not everyone will follow this advice. But if you are struggling and your kids need food and your marriage is at stake and you lost your job, then simply stop paying your credit card debt and follow the process I describe above. I would say mortgage debt also but that’s another post. couldn’t pay him back “yet.” This call happened at least once a week. My mom would scream at my dad, “I told you not to give him money! One card, with First Premier Bank, even had interest rates go as high as 80%. The question was this (verbatim): “Hi James, Please please help me. Answer: DON’T PAY YOUR CREDIT CARD DEBT if it is hurting the rest of your life. Then the courts just give the credit card companies your money. North Carolina and West Virginia, for whatever reason, are the worst states if you are a buyer of batches of bad credit card debt. But they might only pay 2 cents on the dollar for those. Credit card debt is NOT the same as friendship debt. A bank is usually a trillion dollar institution that charges you fees, interest payments, has lots of fine print, and makes you sign lots of contracts. The bank says, “we will lend you up to $X, and you will pay us back all the money plus interest, plus penalties. A) If you default on even one of your credit cards, the interest rates on other cards you own might go up. B) You usually get low rates for the first six months, and then much higher rates, and if you miss a payment, your interest rates might be as high as 20% or more. This post is in response to a question I got a few weeks ago. I’m really depressed and I think my wife is going to leave me and I have to put food on the table for three kids. If you borrowed 00 on your credit card, the bank will sell it to a hedge fund for . So now the hedge funds have made 100% on their investment. They look at the ages of the borrowers (younger age means they will pay less money), they look at the age of the debt (older means they will pay less money for the debt), and yes they look at race and gender and what state you live in. I was a little kid but I felt scared and didn’t know why. My dad was too trusting and too sad and died from the cocktail of both. All of this is to say: your character creates your future. Now the banks have to do their end of the contract. (but I’ll get to that in a second…) By the way, the banks don’t even care. They buy your debt for three cents on the dollar and they might, on average, collect eight cents on the dollar. In 1994, collection agencies would call me and I would get scared.
Now collection agencies start calling you day and night. Or if you answer the phone, record the conversation. This is all happening between three and 12 months after you stopped paying on your debt. So record the conversations and try to get them angry. They use fake names like “Dick Brockman” and they say things like “In five days we have to go to court and seize all of your assets.” Again, in some states this is illegal to say. One thing you always have the right to do: Say, “Show me the proof I owe this money.” Since the collection agencies got your name from a hedge fund that might have bought only part of your debt from another hedge fund, who knows where that original proof is?