May 09, 2022
Summary: Does a robot keep calling you from 877-317-0948? This is a debt collection agency called Convergent Outsourcing Inc., and SoloSuit can help you get them off your back.
You sit at your desk, psyched to check every task off your to-do list. Your phone rings and you decide you can take one last call before you get to work. Instead of a cheerful greeting from someone you know, it's a robocall, some prerecorded message telling you to dial certain digits. You are angry. You decide to hang up, but now you are distracted.
Who calls you from 877-317-0948? What do they want? Why was there no human on the other end? And how can you make the calls stop?
877-317-0948 is the number for Convergent Outsourcing Inc., a third-party debt collector. Convergent is a legitimate company that claims to have been in business for over six decades. If Convergent calls you, they are trying to get money from you. Some debt collectors prefer using robocalls instead of humans to save on costs.
As of February 2022, Convergent Outsourcing wasn't BBB accredited, and you couldn't see any reviews on BBB. However, a simple "Convergent Outsourcing reviews" search on Google reveals a sad state of affairs. Many consumers are not happy. They are tired of the company's spam calls, can't get the company to validate debts, and are sometimes harassed by callers who threaten them with legal action.
So, how do you stop the calls? First, let's talk about robocalls.
Before you respond to robocalls, you should be wary of the possible dangers. Scammers use pre-recorded messages to get information from potential targets. Avoid dialing any digits as directed by robocalls. Robocalls are so prevalent that the government came up with restrictions to stop robocalls and texts.
Even when you are sure it's a legitimate company, it's best to hang up and contact the company through different means. Convergent Outsourcing claims that you can stop the calls by calling 1-855-728-9701 or filling out the contact form on their website. Remember, it's always best to keep a record of all communications with debt collectors.
Convergent Outsourcing's address is 800 SW 39th Street, Suite 100 Renton, WA 98057. Contact Convergent to let them know that you prefer written communication.
Give yourself a break from the calls by asking Convergent to validate and verify your debt. First, every debt collector is required by law to send a validation notice of the debt within five days of contacting you. Once you receive that letter, send back a Debt Validation Letter to Convergent. It's good practice to pay for a return receipt so that you're sure the company received your letter.
Validating the debt requires the company to prove that the debt is yours. They must provide the necessary documentation. The letter also demands that Convergent reports the debt as disputed. This process stops the calls and puts you in control of the situation. You may even find out that the debt is past the statute of limitations of your state, and you don't have to pay.
Sending a Debt Validation Letter is a great option when dealing with debt collectors. Many debt collection agencies, like Convergent Outsourcing, purchase old debts from creditors for less than 10% of the original amount. In the process of purchasing debts, collectors often lose the proper documentation necessary to validate a debt. So, there's a good chance Convergent will give up collection efforts after receiving a request for validation. To learn more about how to draft a Debt Validation Letter, check out this video from SoloSuit:
You have rights. Before November 30, 2021, debt collectors could call as many as fifteen times a day. Now they can't. It's against the law for them to:
Send a Cease and Desist Letter to Convergent Outsourcing Inc. This letter asks the company to stop contacting you regarding the debt.
You may decide to send a Cease and Desist Letter if aggressive debt collectors are harassing you. If they call you at night or call your workplace, friends, and family about your debt, you can use the letter to make them stop.
There may be repercussions if you stop Convergence Outsourcing from contacting you. The company may decide to sue you to recover the money. A lawsuit does not mean you lose. If you Answer promptly with SoloSuit, you can win against Convergent Outsourcing.
As mentioned before, if debt collectors continue calling you to collect the debt after you send a Cease and Desist Letter, report them to the CFPB.
Wouldn't it be great if you could simply register your number with the national do not call list and have no unknown number call you? Getting your phone number on the do not call list is simple, and it's free, but here is what you should know.
Having your number listed on the do not call list doesn't necessarily stop debt collectors from calling you if the debt is legitimate. However, you protect yourself from robocalls and unsolicited marketing. It also reduces the chances of scammers calling you.
You don't have to endure the calls. Buy time with a Debt Validation Letter or send a Cease and Desist Letter. Report harassment and any other abuse of your rights to the Federal Trade Commission 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357) or Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
SoloSuit makes it easy to respond to a debt collection lawsuit.
How it works: SoloSuit is a step-by-step web-app that asks you all the necessary questions to complete your answer. Upon completion, you can either print the completed forms and mail in the hard copies to the courts or you can pay SoloSuit to file it for you and to have an attorney review the document.
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