Portfolio Recovery Associates is a debt collection company (that's likely hurting your credit score)
You may be able to remove them from your report, without paying your debt
Call us now to find out how!
Portfolio Recovery Associates is a debt collection agency. If you are seeing them on your credit report, it likely means they have purchased your debt from a creditor and are (or will be) attempting to collect it from you.
Yes, Portfolio Recovery Associates is a debt collection agency. They buy debt from a number of different creditors that no longer wish to attempt to collect the amount themselves (also known as a "charge-off").
Portfolio Recovery Associates may attempt to reach out via mail or phone calls (demanding payment). The worst part is a collections account will now be seen on your credit report. This hurts your score, as well as reducing your chances of getting approved for a loan or other important financial event.
But it’s not all bad news! We may be able to help you with this account. Call us today to find out more.
Portfolio Recovery Associates purchases debt from a range of different creditors. The information isn’t always publicly available and is constantly changing, so it’s difficult to provide an accurate and up-to-date list.
Yes, it is highly likely having Portfolio Recovery Associates on your credit report is damaging your score significantly.
To be eligible to remove Portfolio Recovery Associates from your credit report, you typically need to meet the following requirements:
According to a study by the U.S. PIRGs, 79% of credit reports contain mistakes or serious errors. Going after these types of accounts for our clients is our specialty.
Paying off Portfolio Recovery Associates to have credit bureaus delete it from your report sounds like a good idea. There's one major problem. Paying a debt in collections changes your credit report status from 'unpaid' to 'paid', but the collection remains on your report for 7 years (from the date of first delinquency). This means your credit is still damaged.
Settling your debt with Portfolio Recovery Associates could go both ways. It may help your score, but it may also hurt your score. Many variables impact the end result. There is a better path to a good result. Work with a company that is able to review these accounts for you (like Credit Sage), and if any issues with the account exist you may have it removed all together (and never have to hear from them again).
Portfolio Recovery Associates is a legitimate company. They aren’t fake or trying to scam you. But it is likely they are spam calling you trying to collect a debt. One of the best ways to deal with this is to dispute and remove unvalidated debts.
Portfolio Recovery Associates continues to call and attempt to collect a debt. The best thing you can do is ignore their calls and speak with a company that can help you get it removed (like Credit Sage).
As we’ve mentioned above, Portfolio Recovery Associates will be calling you to attempt to collect a debt. The best thing you can do to stop this is speak with a company that can help you get them removed from your credit report, like Credit Sage. Once they are off your credit report, you won’t have to hear from them again.
Portfolio Recovery Associates has terrible BBB reviews. This may come from their repeated calls and letters to consumers trying to collect their debt.
Portfolio Recovery Associates suing would be a very unlikely situation. In rare cases it may happen, but it certainly isn’t the norm. State and federal laws place limits or 'exemptions' that apply to bank and wage garnishments.
We strongly recommend calling us, we’ll help determine the likelihood of a lawsuit, but also provide you next steps in getting this collection removed.
Based on our years of experience dealing with companies like this, Portfolio Recovery Associates does not accept goodwill letters to remove collection accounts or charge offs.
You have the right to dispute any of your debt that Portfolio Recovery Associates has purchased. Portfolio Recovery Associates is governed by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (or FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (or FCRA). While these acts seem very complicated, they provide a great deal of power to the consumer if you know how to use it properly.
You likely want to call Credit Sage before deciding whether or not to call Portfolio Recovery Associates. The reason? You may not want to pay Portfolio Recovery Associates debt, especially if it's inaccurate. Paying it off could hurt your score.
In most cases, we recommend speaking with a Credit Repair professional to analyze your credit report before you attempt to settle any debt. The main reason? Settling your debt may actually hurt your score.