What Happens When You Cannot Make Your Monthly Credit Card Debt Payments?

by Matthew Highlander

Does the possibility of not being able to pay your credit card debt concern you?

Are you having trouble paying your bills? Is your credit card debt piling up with increased interests rates and late fees? Have your minimum payments been increased?

Have you thought about bankruptcy?

Joblessness, a major health crisis, a failed enterprise, a family death, or financial mismanagement could have cleaned out your savings. Whatever the reason is for your credit card debt problems, you can escape the negative assumptions and harsh thinking about bankruptcy or impatient, aggressive debt collectors with some basic education about unsecured credit card debt.

Learning the truth about credit card debt collection is the key to peace of mind for consumers with late credit card debt, according to the Credit Card Debt Survival Guide. Eight percent of American adults (18 million people) missed a credit card payment in the last 12 months, according to creditcards.com. If your account is in arrears, it is one of millions. Your delinquent account can be one of thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of credit card accounts sold in a package of junk debt for ten cents on the dollar or less to a junk debt buyer.

The credit card companies plan for bad debt and understand a small percentage of consumers simply cannot pay for whatever reason. But to credit card debt collectors, according to the Credit Card Debt Survival Guide, there are two kinds of credit card debtors; the small number who resist debt collection efforts and the majority who do not, or do so ineptly out of ignorance.

There are millions of charged off credit card accounts and each is only worth pennies per dollar. If you cannot afford to pay your credit card debt, your safety and security are in those numbers. If you challenge a debt collector properly, they will simply move onto the majority of delinquent account holders ready to surrender. Debt collection agencies and attorneys can be very profitable, if they only collect on 50 percent of assigned or purchased accounts.

Understanding how to use the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, your state’s consumer protection laws and, if necessary, your local court’s rules of civil procedure are the first steps to frustrating credit card debt collectors.

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