But before you take out a personal loan, make sure you have the minimum credit scores. Also, try to pay off debt using a debit card that is secured. If you don’t have a credit card, there are other ways to consolidate your debt.
- File a lawsuit
A lawsuit can be an effective tool to reduce your credit card debt. You should sue if you feel you have been charged unfair rates. There’s no set timeframe for filing a lawsuit, and you can request it be filed in either state or federal court. You might file your lawsuit in one state and then move it to another. The reason to sue is to challenge the charges you’ve received.
Although your lawsuit may hurt you personally, it will also help the consumer court system as a whole. You may also be able to seek financial relief. For example, if you have a bad credit history, a lawsuit may provide you with some financial incentive to fix the situation.
You may also be able to recover your lawyer’s fees if you prevail. Some of these steps may seem complicated. They will be better received by a lawyer who has experience with them, such as one who has won a consumer court case. To learn about how to prepare for a court case, refer to Chapter 13.
How to Serve Consumer Complaints
You can serve a consumer complaint in three ways. You can do so by completing a consumer service request form or by requesting a complaint number from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). A consumer service request form is generally used for requesting information on new or additional services, but you can serve complaints to the FTC too. The second way to serve a consumer complaint is through the consumer reporting agency. When you do so, you are acting as a private litigant, as opposed to the government. A consumer reporting agency is a private company, such as Experian or TransUnion. You will usually want to contact the consumer reporting agency directly by phone, or use the online dispute resolution system.
Tip: Contacting a consumer reporting agency is not a substitute for submitting a consumer service request form or calling the FTC. Remember to follow up with a letter, or take your complaint to the Federal Trade Commission for resolution.
Filing a complaint
The FTC is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the FTC Act. This means that you need to file a complaint with the FTC and not with your state’s attorney general or state consumer protection agency, which may be more responsive. What to file The two most common complaints are: Wrongful or deceptive statements
False or misleading information You may also file a complaint if: You believe that someone stole your identity;
Someone has charged you an illegal fee or premium for auto insurance or home or life insurance;
You received a refund and were not informed of the refund;
You were told you owed a refund when you did not;