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I have pulled my TransUnion account through myfico. On the account details page, Capital One Bank USA NA is listed first and has a red flag and states charged off as bad debt. I've attached the section of the report to show all of the information. For the past few months I have made payments to a CA and am wondering if I still need to do this since the debt seems to have been dismissed by the OC? I live in Pennsylvania. I am trying to clean up my report in an effort to buy a home for me and my son. Paying high rent is just keeping me down in so many way. Your expert advice is much appreciated.

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Having charged the debt off is nearly an accounting term. The account will stay on your credit history for 7 years from the date of the last activity.  If you want this off of your credit, you may can negotiate a settlement that includes it being removed.  I would start at 50% of the balance less ant interest that has accrued.  Good luck with this.

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Ray A Miller

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I am qualified to answer questions on the following subjects: FDCPA, FCRA and HIPAA as well as medical collections, general collections and collection agency related issues. I trained these subjects at a nationwide collection agency and customer service call center and audited around 150 representatives for compliance to the laws. I have been in the Collections Industry for over 30 years. I feel that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and with compassion and that is the way I trained collectors. Even though I worked for a Collection Agency, I get great satisfaction in helping those who have been mistreated or in need of help with these confusing issues.

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I was the Compliance Administrator with a nationwide collection agency and customer service call center-I have trained hundreds of collectors on the above referenced topics. I have been in the medical collections industry for over twenty years and research these topics on a daily basis.

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ACA International

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Some college ACA Certified Collection Specialist

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I am retired due to medical conditions and spend a good deal of time keeping current on collection issues.

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