Genesis Credit Management on Your Credit Report? Fight Back and Win

Last Updated:
July 13, 2023

Dealing with Columbia Debt Recovery can feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Understanding what this company does and how debt collection works will give you the tools you need to understand the situation and create a plan for resolution. 

By knowing your rights as a consumer and understanding the process - from disputing negative marks on your report to suing the collector for any violations that occur -  you can take proactive steps to stop the calls and get your finances back on track. With this knowledge, you can make informed decisions about how best to deal with Columbia Debt Recovery and protect yourself.

What Does Columbia Debt Recovery Do?

Debt collectors like Columbia Debt Recovery - also known as Genesis Credit Management - act as a third party between creditors and customers. They make a profit by either purchasing the debt of customers for a fraction of its actual cost or charging the creditor a fee for their collection services.

They usually seek to satisfy debt obligations by entering into agreements with customers to resolve their financial obligations through manageable payment plans that everyone involved can adhere to. In some cases, they also negotiate reduced debt amounts with creditors in order to let customers request a full or partial write-off. 

Is Columbia Debt Recovery a Legit Company?

Yes, Columbia Debt Recovery is a legitimate debt collector - if you’ve been contacted by this company, it’s most likely because you’re seriously delinquent on a debt. Their contact information can be found below:

  • Phone Number: (509) 836-5558
  • Address: 906 SE Everett Mall Way Everett, WA 98208
  • Website:
  • BBB Rating: 1/5 

If you have been contacted by this company, it is important to be aware that - despite being licensed to collect unpaid debts - the Better Business Bureau currently gives them an F rating with 1 out of 5 stars from consumers due to some shady practices. 

Make sure that you verify the legitimacy of the debt you are being contacted about before agreeing to pay anything. If you believe you are being contacted by mistake, get in touch with our firm. Fair Credit has a team of specialists that will dispute credit report errors on your behalf in order to remove them from your report.

What Can I Do If I’m Being Harassed by Columbia Debt Recovery?

If you've been contacted by Columbia Debt Recovery or any other debt collector, it's important to understand the laws that protect consumers and regulate the debt collection industry. Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), you have specific rights that debt collectors must abide by, such as refraining from using harassing or unfair practices when attempting to collect a debt. 

As a consumer, learning about what is and isn't acceptable makes it easier to have an informed response if a collector contacts you. This can help ensure your experience with debt collectors is fair and respects your legal rights. Some of the prohibited behaviors outlined under this law include the following:

  • Harassing consumers by calling them repeatedly or using abusive language.
  • Attempting to collect a debt that is not lawfully owed, such as a debt discharged in bankruptcy.
  • Making false statements or misrepresentations of the facts regarding the debt, including implying they are affiliated with a government agency.
  • Making threats of violence or harm to the consumer's reputation, property, or person.
  • Publishing a consumer’s name on lists of delinquent debtors without their consent or knowledge.
  • Disclosing personal information related to the consumer’s debt without authorization from the consumer, such as talking about it with others including their family and friends and employers in violation of privacy laws and regulations.
  • Contacting consumers at inconvenient times (before 8 AM or after 9 PM).
  • Attempting to collect fees and charges not authorized by contract or law (such as charging late fees not allowed under state law).

When dealing with Columbia Debt Recovery, it's important to keep accurate records in order to hold them accountable in the event of a breach on your rights. This information can be used as evidence should a disagreement lead to litigation.

It's also wise to enlist the help of an attorney specializing in this type of situation. They will provide you with insight on which courses of action have the most potential for protecting your rights and holding Columbia Debt Recovery responsible for their actions.

How Can I Get Columbia Debt Recovery Removed from My Credit Report? 

The first step to getting a Columbia Debt Recovery collections account removed from your credit report is to contact the company directly and request that they remove it. This can be done in writing, by phone, or through their website. 

The next is to dispute the error with one or more of the major credit bureaus. The Fair Credit Reporting Act requires that all errors on a credit report be corrected within 30 days of notification. 

If both steps fail, here are a few options:

  • Negotiate a “pay-for-delete” agreement with Columbia Debt Recovery where you agree to pay off the debt in exchange for them removing it from your credit report.
  • Hire an experienced lawyer who specializes in credit repair and can help negotiate a settlement with Columbia Debt Recovery on your behalf.
  • File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau if you believe Columbia Debt Recovery has violated any laws or regulations regarding debt collection practices, such as harassing calls or threats of legal action.

You can also try contacting a qualified attorney's office for assistance in resolving the issue if you feel like you need professional support at any point in the process.

Contact Us For Your Free Case Review

Dealing with collections agencies can be a long and difficult process, but when you have Fair Credit on your side, you'll have an advocate who knows the ins and outs of the situation. Our legal experts go above and beyond to identify any violations of the law, negotiate better terms and put a stop to any further harassment - giving you total confidence that your rights are being protected. 

We're passionate about backing our clients to give them peace of mind going forward, so don't hesitate to get in touch for a free case review today.

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