Whenever I think about whether I should answer a call from an unknown number that I know is most likely a bill collector, I just let it ring straight to voicemail! The reason I don’t answer is that I know that if I do, I will just end up being upset and there is really no good reason to put myself through that kind of stress.
I know that plenty of people feel that this is bad advice and that you only make matters worse by not answering and dealing with the issue head-on. Well, those people are idiots! Now, let me explain. I have no problem with people wanting to pay their bills because you should. Just do it on your own terms.
If you know you don’t have enough money to pay the debt in full or at least enough money to negotiate a reasonable “pay for delete” offer, it makes no sense to answer the phone and get verbally abused by some “jackass” on the other end of the line.
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