Afni collections on your credit report?
Afni (also know as Anderson Financial Network and Afni Bloom) can be incredibly damaging to your credit. Collection accounts remain on your credit for 7 years.
Find out more about them and how they do business. We will also show you how you can get collections removed from your credit files legally and permanently.
Who is Afni?
Afni Inc. is a collection agency located in Bloomington, Illinois. It has been reported that they handle the collections for big companies like ATT Wireless, Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-mobile, Comcast, Dish Network, Direct TV, CenturyLink, USAA, and State Farm Insurance.
Like other collection agencies, they have a reputation for using harsh tactics to get people to pay money they may not even owe.
Are there complaints against Afni?
Afni regularly gets complaints from consumers. They are known for a common practice among debt collectors known as “re-aging debt.”
When a collection agency re-ages a debt, they change the dates that are associated with when the debt occurred and when the debt was charged-off by the original creditor. By re-aging the debt, they hope to extend the statute of limitations on the validity of the debt.
One consumer noted that they changed dates on an outstanding account on their credit file when the statute of limitations had expired on a debt.
The consumer in question used their rights as outlined in the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act and sent debt validation letters to them, but they didn’t respond with any proof that the member owed the money. At that point, if they couldn’t verify the debt, they would have to stop contacting the consumer to collect.
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How can I contact Afni?
It’s better not to talk to them on the phone. You should do all of your communicating through the mail or through a 3rd party like a lawyer or credit repair company. But, if you insist, you can reach a customer service representative at the number below.
PO Box 3427
Bloomington, IL 61702-3427
Phone number: 1-877-403-0670
How to deal with Afni collection agency?
If this sounds familiar, you should not pay anything to Afni until you establish a few facts and try a couple of alternatives to paying the full amount that they say you owe. You should have them validate that the debt is yours.
They aren’t interested if there is a case of mistaken identity if you are willing to pay. Even if the debt is yours, the statute of limitations may have expired, so they have no legal recourse to collect.
If you have a reason to believe that the debt is expired and you are contacted by the collection agency about an old account, send them an Expired SOL Notification letter.
This will let them know that they are dealing with an informed consumer and that threatening to sue you for the money owed won’t work.
What happens if they refuse to validate the debt?
In some extreme cases, people have reported that Afni has refused to validate a debt. If this happens to you, you have to seek legal recourse through the State Attorney General. That should get their attention.
If you have sent a debt validation letter and they continue to contact you about the debt before they respond to the verification request, it is a clear sign they are violating the law and aren’t going to listen unless you bring government authorities into the mix.
How to Dispute Afni Collections
This isn’t unique to Afni collection agency, but we found that they have issues with keeping paperwork in order, which can lead to reporting incorrect items to your credit history.
When they buy debt from other collection agencies or an original creditor, there isn’t always a perfect record of all the accurate details about the debt.
Clerical errors or an improperly merged database can lead to credit reporting errors to the credit bureaus. When it comes to keeping your credit history timely and accurate, you are the only one that you can count on.
How can I delete Afni from my credit report?
If you’re tired of dealing with debt collectors like Afni and their constant harassment, do what I did and give Lexington Law a call.
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Afni Removed from My Report:
My credit scores have dramatically improved since there are no longer any negative accounts on my credit reports.
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List of Debt Collection Agencies
Here’s a list of some of the nation’s most popular debt collectors that cause damage to your credit.
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