Some debts may be too old for a debt collector to make you pay, according to an article by Cristina Miranda, Consumer Education Specialist at the Federal Trade Commission.
Debt collectors can contact you about time-barred debts at any time. If you get a call from a debt collector, they might come right out and say they can’t take you to court to make you pay a time-barred debt. If a debt collector doesn’t tell you this, ask for the date when you made your most recent payment. Then, ask for a validation notice – a legally required letter detailing the amount owed, and the creditor name. Once you receive the notice, send a letter back within 30 days explaining that you are ‘disputing’ the debt and that you want to ‘verify’ it. Debt collectors must stop trying to collect until they give you verification.
To find out what to do if you are sued, and if you have to pay the debt, read the entire article.
This video from the FTC provides additional information: Dealing with Debt Collectors
If you are sued over a time-barred debt (or any debt), don’t ignore it. The Lawyer Referral Service will connect you with an attorney who can assist you with defending your debt collection rights. Call 603-229-0002 or request a referral online.