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Need help with debt that isn't mine

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Posted by Guppas! ( on September 30, 2002 at 16:57:23:

I was recently turned down for a PLUS student loan because of a 90 day + overdue account reported by Equifax. The debt report is by Gulf States Collection for a charge by Pacific Bell, ~$130. I have never dealt with Pacific Bell and the debt is not mine.

They (Gulf States)sent me a letter several months ago demanding payment. I responded with a request for more information. They sent back a letter thanking me for agreeing to pay the debt (I hadn't) and then a letter thanking me for payment (of course, I hadn't).

I contacted Equifax and they said they would investigate the debt to see if it was really mine. What should I expect as a result of this "investigation"? Is this really an investigation? Won't Gulf States just say, "Yup, that's him!" Do I have any appeal rights if Equifax makes an erroneous finding?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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