Who is Portfolio Recovery Associates?
Portfolio Recovery Associates (PRA), aka PRA Group, Inc., is a publicly-traded debt collection agency located in Norfolk, Virginia. They purchase large blocks of debt from large lenders around the country.
You may see Portfolio Recovery Associates listed on your credit report as a collections account. This can happen if you owe a creditor money and they’ve hired someone to collect that money. Portfolio Recovery Associates may appear on your credit report as any of the following entries:
- portfolio associates
- portfolio rc
- portfolio recov assoc
- portfolio recov pra inc
- portfolio recovery
- portfolio recovery pra inc
- portfolio recovery services
- portofolio collection
How to Remove Portfolio Recovery Associates from Your Credit Report
Portfolio Recovery Associates collections can hurt your credit score and remain on your credit report for up to seven years regardless of whether you pay it or not. Unfortunately, if you make a payment on the collection, it could even lower your credit score.
However, it is possible to have a collection account removed from your credit report before 7 years.
(Debt collectors prefer that we didn’t tell you this, but it’s something you should know.)
Lexington Law Firm is a credit repair company that helps people fix their credit.
In addition to collections, Lexington Law will help you challenge (and possibly remove) other inaccurate information from your credit report. These items include inquiries, late payments, charge-offs, foreclosures, repossessions, judgments, tax liens, and bankruptcies.
Call Lexington Law now to learn more: (800) 220-0084
Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC/PRA Group Contact Information
Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC
120 Corporate Boulevard
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone number: (800) 772-1413
Will Portfolio Recovery Associates sue me or garnish my wages?
It’s possible that a collection agency like Portfolio Recovery Associates will resort to litigation when attempting to collect a debt. They may even seek wage garnishment.
However, if you work with a law firm like Lexington Law, you have nothing to worry about. They will help you dispute the collection account and possibly get it removed from your credit report. It’s also quite possible that you may never hear from or have to deal with Portfolio Recovery Associates again.
Call Lexington Law to learn how they can help you avoid lawsuits and remove negative items from your credit report that will significantly improve your credit scores.
Some states allow wage garnishment, while others do not. It is important to note that if you are in a state that does not allow wage garnishment, it is illegal for them to threaten to garnish your wages.
It is also illegal for Portfolio Recovery Associates to make any claims they cannot or will not follow through on – this includes threatening to sue you or foreclose on your home.
Send Portfolio Recovery Associates a Debt Validation Letter
Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the burden of proof lies on the collection agency. PRA must prove that the debt in question is accurate and they have a right to collect on it. And that’s where a debt validation letter comes into play.
It’s a written request that doesn’t get into the specific details about the debt. Instead, it requests that Portfolio Recovery Associates prove the debt is yours and you have a legal obligation to repay it.
There’s a chance that Portfolio Recovery won’t have the documentation to validate the debt since they aren’t the original creditor. And that’s good news for you is PRA will have to remove the negative information from your credit report.
There’s also a chance they won’t respond to your request within the 30-day window. In this case, the information would also have to be removed.
The downside is this letter must be submitted within 30-days of your initial notification by PRA for it to be effective (and they have 30 days to respond).
But if Portfolio Recovery Associates does respond and it’s not quite the reply you were looking for, you still have a few more options.
Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC Complaints
Most collection agencies have numerous complaints filed against them with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Most complaints are about inaccurate reporting, harassment, or failure to verify a debt. If you find yourself facing any of these situations with a debt collection agency, you should also consider filing a complaint.
You have many consumer rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). Lexington Law knows that you have rights, and Portfolio Recovery Associates does too.
How Collections Affect Your Credit
Missed payments over several months will cause a hit to your credit score. Couple that with a collection account on your credit report, and it can definitely impact your ability to qualify for new credit.
Collection agencies often buy and sell debt from one another, so this can lead to multiple collections showing on your credit reports for the same account.
When this happens, if you don’t dispute the accounts, they will definitely harm your credit score.
Your Rights When Dealing with Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC
There are strict regulations about what a debt collector can and cannot do in the United States. For example, the FDCPA prevents the use of abusive or deceptive tactics to collect any debt, whether or not you actually owe it. In addition, the FDCPA provides you with many rights to ensure that collection agencies don’t take advantage of you. In particular:
- It is a violation of federal law for Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC to report inaccurate or incomplete information on your credit report.
- Debt validation. Under the FDCPA, you have the right to validate a debt. Upon request, the collection agency reporting the information must prove to you, within 30 days, that the account is really your responsibility and the amount of money you owe is accurate.
- All personal debts are covered, including personal credit cards, auto loans, household bills, and mortgage payments.
- Portfolio Recovery Associates may not threaten or harass you, call you repeatedly, swear at you, or publicly publish a list of debtors.
- Portfolio Recovery Associates must be honest about who they are and what they are trying to do. They must notify you that they are a collection agency both orally and in writing.
- Portfolio Recovery Associates cannot threaten to have you arrested, and they are not allowed to threaten to take legal action if they have no intention of doing so.
More Tips on Dealing with Portfolio Recovery Associates, LLC
Avoid the phone. NEVER talk to a debt collector on the phone. The less they know about you, the better.
Politely tell Portfolio Recovery it’s your policy to deal with everything in writing. Request a letter with the original debt information and then hang up. If they keep calling, send them a cease & desist letter.
Record their phone calls. If you must deal with a debt collection agency on the phone, record them. Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia allow you to record your phone conversations secretly.
In the other 15 states, you can record with the other party’s permission. If you tell the debt collector you are going to record, and they keep talking, that’s considered giving permission. They will usually hang up.
Don’t believe what they say. Debt collectors are known to make false threats, lie, and tell you whatever they need to tell you to try to get you to pay the debt.
Don’t try to hide money. It’s considered fraudulent to hide money or assets from a legitimate collection agency if you owe them. However, it’s also best to avoid giving access to your bank account or credit card information.
Don’t apply for new lines of credit. It’s also considered fraudulent to apply for new lines of credit if you are unable to pay your current creditors.
Don’t ignore them. You can do things on your terms, but ignoring the situation will not make PRA go away. Ignoring them sets you up for a possible lawsuit.
Know Your State’s Statute of Limitations. Each state has a statute of limitations on debt. Once your debt reaches a certain age, it is considered “zombie debt,” and you are no longer legally obligated to pay it. The age limit varies from state to state, but usually, it’s around 4-6 years.
A collection agency is still allowed to contact you about these debts, but they can no longer sue you for them, and you are not required to pay them.
Can Portfolio Recovery Associates collections be removed from my credit report?
Lexington Law specializes in disputing Portfolio Recovery Associates collection accounts. They have over 28 years of experience and have removed over 7 million negative items for their clients in 2020 alone.
Get Your Collections Removed Today!
If you’re looking for a reputable credit repair company to help you with collection accounts and repair your credit, we HIGHLY recommend Lexington Law Firm.
Call them at (800) 220-0084 for a free credit consultation. They have helped many people in your situation and have paralegals standing by waiting to take your call.
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