Have you been hearing from Eastern Account System about a debt you may owe? Don’t panic—you have the rights and resources to resolve this situation on your own terms. Before you send Eastern Account System any money, learn more about what exactly you may or may not owe and what power you have over the situation.
Table of Contents
- What is Eastern Account System?
- Who does Eastern Account System collect for?
- Is Eastern Account System a scam?
- How to stop Eastern Account System from calling you
- How to remove Eastern Account System from your credit report
- How to deal with Eastern Account System harassment
- Should you pay Eastern Account System?
What is Eastern Account System?
Headquartered in Brookfield, CT, Eastern Account System of Connecticut, Inc. (aka Eastern Account System, Inc.) is a debt collection agency that was founded in 1992. 1 They collect debts for businesses and lenders across a wide range of industries, including B2B marketing companies. 2
Eastern Account System performs the following debt collection services: 3
- First-party communications
- Omni-channel communications
- Third-party collections
- Early-out services
- Legal services
- Contingency-based billing
- Skip tracing
- Tailored reporting
- Credit bureau reporting
Who does Eastern Account System collect for?
Eastern Account System, Inc. collects commercial and consumer debts on behalf of people and organizations in various industries.
Specifically, they work for the following types of companies: 2
- Telecommunications companies
- Utility providers
- Cable and satellite companies
- Financial services companies
- Property management companies
- Retail companies
- Home security companies
- B2B companies
Is Eastern Account System a scam?
No, Eastern Account System, Inc. isn’t a scam. They’re a legitimate debt collection agency, and they’ve been a member of ACA International since 2007. 4
What’s more, scammers may pose as representatives from Eastern Account System, Inc. to try to collect money from you. For this reason, it’s important to always verify the validity of any debts you’re contacted about before making payments. You can do so by contacting Eastern Account System directly via their online portal or using the contact information below.
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How to stop Eastern Account System from calling you
Eastern Account System will call, email, or mail you if they believe you have an unsettled debt. The reason debt collectors like these are calling you is simple—they want to pressure you into paying up.
Unfortunately, Eastern Account System representatives will keep trying to contact you unless you pay the debt, prove that it doesn’t belong to you, or reach an agreement with them (or with your original creditor).
Don’t ignore debt collectors like Eastern Account System—in the end, you may get sued, and you may even have your wages garnished. It’s smarter to engage with them tactically to ensure you don’t have to pay, or that you get the best deal you can.
To begin, you can get Eastern Account System to stop calling you—at least temporarily—by sending them something called a debt verification letter.
Send a debt verification letter
A debt verification letter is a formal request that obligates a debt collector to provide further evidence of a debt. You must send it within 30 days of them first contacting you. Note that Eastern Account System should have sent you a debt validation letter proving you owe the debt first, as it’s required by law.
Benefits of sending a debt verification letter
Sending a debt verification letter has three benefits:
- You’ll prevent Eastern Account System from calling you during this period: When you send a debt verification letter, third-party debt collection agencies like Eastern Account System are required by law to stop contacting you until they can provide evidence that you actually owe the debt they’re trying to collect. 7
- You’ll get more information about the debt: You should never pay a debt that you don’t recognize. Forcing Eastern Account System to provide documentation will help you determine whether this is a legitimate debt that you actually need to pay. It’s an easy way of figuring out if the debt collector is a scam agency.
- You may successfully disown the debt: If Eastern Account System can’t provide more information about the debt (which is frequently the case), then they have no choice but to delete it from your records.
Beware the statute of limitations
The verification materials that you receive may show that your debt has passed the statute of limitations. This is a legal limit that means the debt is too old for Eastern Account System to sue you over, at which point it’s known as time-barred debt.
If this is the case, you can send Eastern Account System a letter telling them to stop contacting you. Legally, they’ll have to abide by that.
The statute of limitations on most debts is between 3 and 6 years, but the exact amount of time depends on several factors, including the state you live in. The best approach is to check your state attorney general’s website and email their office if the information you’re looking for isn’t available online.
How to remove Eastern Account System from your credit report
If your credit score is suffering as a result of Eastern Account System debt, there are three ways to recover:
1. Dispute the debt with all three credit bureaus
If you think that the debt associated with Eastern Account System on your credit report is illegitimate (e.g., if you paid it on time or it belongs to somebody else), dispute the item on your credit report. You can also dispute debts that are older than 7 years (measured from the date of your first missed payment)—by law, they’re supposed to fall off your credit report by then.
To dispute a debt for free, send a credit dispute letter to the credit bureaus that are showing Eastern Account System on your credit report.
To find out which credit bureaus you need to send the letter to, request your free credit report from each of the major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) at AnnualCreditReport.com. If they don’t respond to your dispute within 30–45 days, then they’re legally obligated to remove the item in question.
2. Negotiate with Eastern Account System
Unfortunately, if the debt is legitimate and it’s less than 7 years old, removing Eastern Account System from your credit report will be very difficult (although not impossible).
Your best move at this point is to simply pay the debt. Newer credit scoring models ignore paid-off collection accounts, which means paying off your collection will boost your credit score even if you can’t remove the item.
However, when you pay, there are two negotiation strategies you can try as a last-ditch attempt to remove Eastern Account System from your credit report:
- Pay for delete: You might be able to convince Eastern Account System to remove the negative mark in exchange for paying off the debt. You can open these negotiations by sending them a pay-for-delete letter.
- Goodwill deletion: This is an alternate strategy you can try after paying your debt. Once the account is paid off, you can send Eastern Account System a goodwill letter asking them to empathize with your situation and remove the mark from your credit report as an act of kindness. Create your letter using our free goodwill letter template.
3. Wait 7 years for Eastern Account System to fall off of your credit report
Unfortunately, most collection accounts will stay on your credit report for 7 years after your first missed payment. Even if you pay off your debt to Eastern Account System, it will remain on your credit report.
Learn more about Eastern Account System’s impact on your credit score:
- How many points will my credit score increase after I pay off collections?
- How to rebuild your credit after having a debt sent to collections
How to deal with Eastern Account System harassment
Unless you tell them not to, Eastern Account System will keep contacting you until you pay off or settle your debt. However, there are restrictions on how they can go about doing this.
Restrictions on Eastern Account System
When attempting to collect payments from you, Eastern Account System must adhere to the regulations specified in the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. This is a federal law that prevents debt collectors from engaging in harassment or predatory behavior, such as lying to you or calling you incessantly or at unreasonable hours.
Eastern Account System representatives also need to follow the rules set out in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with these laws so that you can take action against Eastern Account System if they do something illegal.
Can I sue Eastern Account System for harassment?
Yes, you can sue Eastern Account System for harassment. If you can show that they’ve violated your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, then you can collect $1,000 in statutory damages for each violation as well as payment for any damages that you’ve sustained as a result of their violation. Eastern Account System will also have to pay your attorney fees and court costs.
How to file a complaint against Eastern Account System
If a debt collector violates your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or does something illegal, then you can report them to the Federal Trade Commission, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or your state attorney general. From there, you’ll be able to find out whether you can also sue Eastern Account System.
Another option is filing a complaint on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website, but this might not have the outcome you’re hoping for. Bear in mind that the BBB is actually a private organization that has no affiliation with the US government. They’ll forward your complaint to Eastern Account System, but there’s no guarantee that the agency will address it in a satisfactory manner. What’s more, if your dispute is sent to an arbitrator, then you may give up your right to take Eastern Account System to court.
Should you pay Eastern Account System?
You should only pay a collection agency like Eastern Account System if you’re certain the debt is yours and you owe it. If you’re struggling financially and can’t afford to pay this debt collector, you can get help from a non-profit credit counselor.