There are so many of us who are disappointed and frustrated by verizons cruel, predatory, and unfair practices when it comes to credit reporting. My wife and I merged accounts in September of 2020 in the midst of COVID as an effort to reduce household costs. We thought we completely closed out her account and had paid the balance in full… that is until we were recently trying to refinance our mortgage in Mid February 2021 and had it come up on a credit report that there was a collections claim by Verizon for $52. They maliciously without proper notification placed my wife account into collections immediately dropping her credit score over 200 points less to around 600 from a rating of over 800 from 1 week prior to this. We learned that apparently after closing the account and thinking we had paid the bill in total and additional charge of $52 was placed on the old account and not transferred over to the current. Despite being fully capable of emailing, texting, and utterly inundating customers with all the latest offers… this same communications company made only the minimal effort to alert us about the outstanding fee which we only learned about through running a credit report. Almost daily they send texts about upgrading service or some other promotion but are unable to contact us about an outstanding bill for 4 months and then destroy a loyal customers credit rating over $52? As many other seem to have had a similar experience we have been trying to sort the matter out over the phone with various representatives who are mostly unknowledgeable and not even able to understand the issue after waiting 20-45 minutes per call just to reach a human being. It’s an impenetrable complication for the customer service reps and the terrible phone system to handle because this is technically a closed account at issue so they all say they can’t even access the record for it. When we are able to escalate the call to a supervisor they have switched us directly to the collections agency which is not the one who has any ability to remove this mark from the credit report, it was put there by verizon and can only be removed by verizon. The bill has now been paid… we have been told it may take weeks or even up to 90 days for verizon to even notify the credit agencies of payment which still leaves a huge ding in our credit report for the next 7 years as an account that was put in collections and paid. We have been customers of verizon paying bills on time for over a decade each, for verizon to be this disrespectful and abusive to customers is outrageous. This will potentially cost us and other customers thousands of dollars in the future because this company is so callous and malicious. It’s nearly impossible to reach an appropriate supervisor or manager on what they call the “Recovery” team (800-852-1922) to even discuss the issue with unless you have unlimited time to call and be on hold… and call back when you are disconnected or routed countless times to the wrong department into an endless loop of poor customer service and lengthy holds. We have now had half a dozen representative conversations in which we were told a “manager” will call back within 24-48… not a single call back has happened yet. Now looking into what steps we can take in bringing this to the BBB and New York State Consumer Protections Bureau.
Our National Recovery Operations (NRO) team is the team that processes credit disputes and communicates with the credit bureaus. Verizon is legally required to send Adverse Action Letters to customers. There are different types of letters and they are delivered by mail or My Verizon, based on the preference settings. When did the our NRO last work on the closed account?
It's your NRO team... how are we as customers supposed to know the activities of your NRO team. We received insufficient legal notice that there was an overdue balance on the closed account which we believed had a zero balance. Verizon did not send any "Adverse Action Letter", we only discovered the issue when a credit report was run and then subsequently a letter from a 3rd party collection agency arrived. Verizon had all the same information (email, phone number, mailing address) as the collections agency... yet chose not to send anything relevant to this issue but was able to send plenty of offers of new services and phone upgrades.
I'm going through the same situation. I was passed along to 5 different people yesterday and finally spoke to someone about a hit on my credit from 2016 and simply said that Verizon can't remove it. This was an outstanding bill from years ago that has since been paid. I've currently been paying Verizon $180 per month since 2017. The outstanding bill came from me canceling my old service and setting up a new one when I switched companies. I thought I had the old account taken care of but found out that it was not. After moving to a new home...I received nothing in the mail from Verizon. Actually surprised they let me open a new account without taken care of a past balance. But after yesterday, and being on the phone with Verizon for 2 1/2 hours, they gave me a pin to transfer my number over to Sprint. So tomorrow I get to start a new path with Sprint. Hoping their customer support and focus is much better than Verizon. It's amazing to me that Verizon does not work with people on this credit bureau issue. Hospitals do, Service Companies do, Utility companies do...but not Verizon. And this is coming from someone who has been paying $180 a month to this company. And has had to pay thousands of extra dollars in higher interest rates for the past 5 years due to a mismanaged communications group at Verizon. And once paid...still won't remove it. I guess they really don't care or want my business....that's the only thing that is clear in this situation to me.
They are butal. I've paid a ton of money to the company and feel they stab their customers in the back with this. My score due to Verizon is hovering at a 695-705 between the 3 bureaus. So due to Verizon, I'm paying thousands extra a year in higher interest rates. I recently tried to refi my home and the mortgage company said that my report is OUTSTANDING, but due to the Verizon piece they have to put me in a higher rate bracket. I hope you were able to have your problem solved. If you did, please let me know how you did it. Thanks so much!