Full & Final Settlement Offer
Here is a letter recently received from 1st Credit:
P.O. Box 278
Tel: 01737 235202
Fax: 01737 887697
1st Credit Ref: NUMBER
“Special Low Discount Opportunity”
YOU PAY HALF
BLACK HORSE LIMITED – (reference number) Balance – £8,562.31
1st Credit believes in helping its customers to pay off their outstanding debt while saving them money. We are now in a position to apply a very large discount to your account for month one month only. Unfortunately, this could be the only time we can offer such generous discounts on your account.
Take up our offer this September and all you need to pay is: 428 £1.16
OR WE CAN OFFER YOU ONE OF THE FOLLOWING DEAL:“
The letter from 1st Credit then goes on to offer various other reductions if you are not able to pay immediately.
Shortage of Funds?
I always wonder when this sort of letter is sent out are they actually being generous, or is there a shortage of money in the coffers? My personal opinion is that generosity is not part of the equation! You have to remember that they actually purchase the original debt for just pennies in the pound. So even with a 50% reduction, they are still making a nice tidy profit!
Reduce Settlement Offer Acceptance
If you are going to accept their reduced settlement offer, I would suggest that you take a few precautions.
- Make sure that all correspondences to 1st Credit are in writing
- Make payment by cheque
- Includes a letter stating that the check is a full and final settlement
- If possible make the payment through a third party who can act as a witness.
- Keep all correspondence for years!! I have known other companies chase debts on settled accounts.
The more evidence that you have to show that the account has been settled in a full and final the better.