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

Last Updated:
April 15, 2023

Being contacted by a debt collection agency is not a fun experience. In the worst case, debt collectors can ruin your hard-earned credit and financial health. If you are being contacted by Midland Credit Management and want them removed from your credit report, this article is for you.

What is Midland Credit Management and What Do They Do

Founded in 1953, Midland Credit Management is a third-party debt collection agency based out of San Diego, California. They are a subsidiary of Encore Capital Group. Midland Credit Management collects debt on behalf of creditors in the consumer financial industry.

Is Midland Credit Management A Scam?

No, Midland Credit Management is not a scam. They are a legitimate company. You shouldn’t outright ignore their correspondence, but you should first verify if the debt is truly yours. Protect yourself from actual scams by making sure Midland Credit is contacting you, and not another company.  Here’s Midland Credit Management’s contact information:

Who Does Midland Credit Management Collect For?

According to their website, Midland Credit Management collects for consumer finance accounts. Like most other debt collection agencies, Midland Credit Management does not specifically say who they collect for. But if you have a debt on your credit report from a credit card, a loan, or a lease-to-buy arrangement then Midland Credit Management could now own the debt.

Why is Midland Credit Management Calling Me?

Midland Credit Management is calling you to attempt to collect a debt. This debt may be late or otherwise outstanding. In some cases, the debt has been falsely attributed to you. That’s what we are focusing on in this article; read on to learn more about common credit reporting errors.

Does The Credit Actually Belong To Me?

In many cases, Midland Credit Management has made a credit reporting error to a consumer’s account. This can be detrimental to the consumer’s credit score, especially if they are unaware of the debt in the first place. After all, if you didn’t sign up for a credit card or take out a loan, how would you know that there is one out there in your name?

Here are some common mistakes and errors debt collection companies make when reporting debts on consumer credit reports: 

  • Falsely attributed debt 

Sometimes debt collection companies have errors in their databases. A debt could be incorrectly attributed to you if there is a consumer with a similar name to yours, a variation in spelling, or if they have the same exact name. For example, your name is John Smith and you live in Michigan. There is a debt on your credit report from Midland Credit Management, but it actually belongs to John Smith from Texas. 

  • Double charges

Debt collection agencies like Midland Credit Management are known to double charge consumers. If you pay off a debt with them, they could assure you that your account will be closed, but they open another account under your name and charge you again.

  • Identity theft 

Unfortunately, in 2023, our society is plagued with identity theft. It’s not uncommon for thieves to take out loans or open credit cards in the name of unassuming consumers. However, this is not the responsibility of the consumer to pay.

  • The statute of limitations has passed

In most cases, there is a statute of limitations regarding how long an unpaid debt can be reported on your report. Some debt collection companies pursue debts that are already past the statute of limitations, and therefore can be removed from your report rather than paid. 

How Can I Get Midland Credit Management Removed From My Credit Report?

File a Complaint Through Better Business Bureau

Firstly, Midland Credit Management is not accredited by the BBB. At the time of writing, Midland Credit Management has 349 complaints in the last 3 years, and they are involved in a legal suit with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. 

Some complaints filed against Midland Credit Management include:

  • Being charged too much and not being issued a refund
  • Breach of settlement contract
  • Accounts falsely attributed to a consumer
  • Consumer requested an accurate report of debt and was not supplied with one
  • Credit card opened by someone other than the consumer due to identity theft

These are just a few complaints from consumers filed with the Better Business Bureau. If any of these situations resonate with your own, keep reading to learn more about resolving the debt.

Request Copies of Your Credit Report

Contact any credit bureaus or agencies that you have credit open with and let them know you would like a copy of your credit report. Keep a close eye on your credit report and your credit score and take note of any errors or discrepancies. 

Cease & Desist

You are also granted the right, as a consumer, to file a cease and desist letter towards debt collection agencies like Midland Credit Management. A cease and desist letter is not a legal document, but once it is served to the debt collection agency, they need to acknowledge it. In order for a cease and desist letter to be effective, file it within 30 days of first contact with the debt collector. 

If you are unsure how to draft one or where to send it, an attorney can help you with this step. 

Work With An Experienced Team To Negotiate A Settlement

You may be able to negotiate a settlement with Midland Credit Management. In some cases, the debt has to be paid. But that doesn’t mean you should have to pay it in its entirety or all at once. An attorney that is experienced in negotiating settlements with debt collection agencies is a great resource for this step. 

Hire Legal Support

Are you experiencing harassment and incessant phone calls from Midland Credit Management? Is there a debt that’s been falsely attributed to you? If so, it’s best to hire legal support to assist you in fighting back against Midland Credit Management.

Reach Out To A Fair Credit Attorney Today

As FCRA attorneys, our team at Fair Credit is dedicated to helping our clients face debt collectors like Midland Credit Management. It’s a daunting process, but with Fair Credit, you’re never alone. Contact us today for a free consultation so we can take the stress of this off your plate and help you resolve the debt.

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