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FAQ - How to Buy Debt

Common questions from debt buyers

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Can I buy someone's debt?

Yes, you are legally allowed to buy another person’s unpaid debts if you comply with all applicable laws governing collection activities in your state (or other relevant jurisdictions). However, depending on where you live there may be certain restrictions regarding what types of data must first be obtained before engaging in such activities – these requirements tend to vary across different states, so it’s important that you check up on any regulations specific to your own location prior to taking action against any debtor(s)…


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What is a charge-off?

A charge-off is when the creditor decides to stop actively trying to collect a delinquent debt. This decision can be made because they predict they will not be able to collect on it in its entirety, so they move it off their books and classify it as a “loss” or “charge-off”.

What types of debt can I buy?

  • Credit card debt
  • Payday loans
  • Student loans
  • Overdrafts
  • Bad checks
  • Mortgages
  • Auto loans
  • Bail bonds
  • And more

What is a debt buyer?

A debt buyer is an entity (typically a company or organization) that purchases consumer debts from lenders, creditors, or collection agencies for less than the face value of the debt. The debt buyer then collects on these debts by contacting borrowers and attempting to receive payment in full. Debt buyers typically purchase charged-off accounts that have gone unpaid and are no longer actively pursued by the original creditor.

Is Debt Buying Profitable?

Yes, Debt buying can be very profitable for investors and companies if done strategically and with due diligence. It essentially involves purchasing charged-off accounts at discounted prices from creditors/debt owners who no longer consider such debts recoverable. As long as you have an effective and compliant method for collecting, there are opportunities for you to make significant profits through this type of investment activity.

What Is a Debt Collector?

A debt collector is a company or agency that is in the business of recovering money owed on delinquent accounts. Many debt collectors are hired by companies to which money is owed by debtors, operating for a fee or for a percentage of the total amount collected. Some debt collectors are debt buyers; these companies purchase debt at a fraction of its face value and then attempt to recover the full amount of the debt.

A debt collector may also be known as a collection agency.




  • A debt collector is responsible for recovering past due debts owed to creditors.
  • Debt collectors are typically paid a percentage of any monies recovered.
  • Debt collection is highly regulated in order to protect consumers from aggressive collectors.

What Is the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA)?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is a federal law that limits the actions of third-party debt collectors who are attempting to collect debts on behalf of another person or entity.


The law restricts the ways that collectors can contact debtors as well as the time of day and number of times that contact can be made. If the FDCPA is violated, the debtor can sue the debt collection company as well as the individual debt collector for damages and attorney fees.


The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Debt Collection Rule clarifies the FDCPA’s rules about how debt collectors can communicate with debtors.

What Is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a law that sets the maximum amount of time that parties involved in a dispute have to initiate legal proceedings from the date of an alleged offense, whether civil or criminal.

Statutes of limitations can also apply to consumer debt because creditors have a certain amount of time in which to collect on the debt. The statute of limitations on consumer debt depends on the laws of the state in question, and the type of debt.

After the statute of limitations has passed, creditors can no longer sue, which means they cannot garnish your wages or put a lien against any of your personal assets, but that doesn’t mean that the consumer doesn’t owe the money.

The statute of limitations on consumer debt typically ranges between three and six years but can be longer depending on the state, and the type of debt; whether it is an open-ended account, a written contract, an oral contract, or a promissory note.

What Is Debt Assignment?

The term debt assignment refers to a transfer of debt, and all the associated rights and obligations, from a creditor to a third party. The assignment is a legal transfer to the other party, who then becomes the owner of the debt. In most cases, a debt assignment is issued to a debt collector, who then assumes responsibility to collect the debt.

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