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Zombie Debt

What it is:

Zombie debt is debt that won't die.
 

How it works (Example):

Let's say John Doe ran up a $10,000 credit card bill in his 20s. He works out an agreement with the credit card company, pays $2,000, and is told that the rest of the bill is discharged.

However, six years later, the credit card company sells the remaining $8,000 of debt to a collection agency, which begins calling John about payment. The debt has become zombie debt.

Why it Matters:

Zombie debt is very frustrating, and borrowers should never borrow money they can't pay back. Sometimes, borrowers have recourse on zombie debt, however. For instance, the state may set a statute of limitations that restricts how long a company has to collect a debt. Collection agencies must also provide written evidence to the borrower that the borrower indeed owes the money.