ANFI Collections Informative - ANFI tries to collect on old Verizon accounts
I've just read an account that a collection agency known as ANFI purchased over 1,000,000 old Verizon accounts that date back to ten years or more. Supposedly these are unpaid accounts that Verizon still had on their books. ANFI has been sending notices out to just about everyone in the database. There are reports of people getting collection letters for accounts that were paid off or properly closed years ago. There was one story as posted by a TV station in New York State about a man who was billed for over $1000 for a phone line he never had. At the time the 'charges' were incurred he was 16 years old and living with his parents. Another story concerned a woman who received notice of unpaid debt that she knew was paid. She sent a certified letter to ANFI and they responded that the account was indeed closed. There's also a problem with the statute of limitations. For example in NY State they cannot collect after 6 years. Most of the 'debts' are older than that.
People are reporting that ANFI is responding well to letters. Verizon says that they cleared out the older noncollectable debts but it seems they did a poor job.