There are different reasons why people get into debt. Just all of a sudden you realize that you just can not make your payments. Bills and credit card statements drive you crazy and it seems that you will never get out of this trap yourself. This is when debt negotiators step in.
If you get online you will find a dozen of credit negotiation companies. They promise to help you with your unsecured debts through negotiating with banks.
Some of them claim to be nonprofit organizations that simply work to help those in need. They tell you that they will be able to reduce your debt by 10-50%. All you need to do is to open a credit card debt negotiation account (for a small fee, of course). Then they might suggest you make only partial payments or stop making your payments to the bank and give money to them instead. Because the process of debt negotiation is not a very easy one you will be asked to wait for about six months. They promise that all the negative information will be removed from your credit report afterwards. And, of course, credit negotiation will not have a negative affect on your credit history.
The truth is that those debt negotiation ‘experts’ are one big scam. First of all, even if the company presents itself as a non profit organization it does not mean that there actions are legitimate. If you follow their advice and stop making payments you will get even higher interest rates and late fees. Your creditors might not like the idea of the debtor making only partial payments. Thus your debt might double or even triple.
The fees for those ‘services’ will also drain your purse. They usually include a fee for opening an account, a monthly service fee and a final fee. The amount of money you will pay as the final fee usually depends on the percentage of the sum you are to ‘save’. Of course, some of their clients understand the trick before they get to the ‘final’ stage but the scammers still make a decent income.
As for the promise to remove all negative information from your credit history you should remember that there is no legal way to do it! The bank has to report everything to all the three credit bureaus. All the information stays on your credit report for seven years and bankruptcy remains for seven. The only way to remove any information from your credit report is to prove that it is incorrect.
Most of the time credit negotiation firms present there service as an alternative to bankruptcy. However, bankruptcy is a legal way to manage your financial situation. Debt negotiation will have no effect – if you are lucky. If you are not you will be even more in debt than you have been before. Do not confuse credit negotiation services with credit counseling and debt consolidation planning. The latter simply give you advice and help you to plan your budget.
Credit card deals can be a great financial tool if used wisely. But if you can not make your payments do not fall into the credit debt negotiator’s trap. Do not pay for getting your credit history ruined.