I have a client, rented a dedicated server from me ... had some problems and i couldn't charge him for those 2 months ... meanwhile he overused bandwidth, and now he actually doesn't want to pay ... what can i do ? The thing is he changed his credit card and i cannot charge him now ... all i have is emails we have sent each other when he said yes i will send you the cash ... he didn't signed anything ... feel a bit stupid because i don't have his address either ... i have his webpage url though ... can i pass this to a debt collector ?
Probbaly. With debt collection, you are selling the bad debt to someone who will buy it from you, so if you find a collector who wants to buy this debt go for it. At that point it becomes his problem to chase the guy.
I hope you shut down his server pending payment of overages...
You didn't mention how much he owed you, but to be quite frank, you're better off writing it off as a loss. Debt collection rarely results in payment, especially internationally, and unless it's a substantial sum ($x,xxx), it will be more hassle then anything. Shut down his server if you haven't already.
Originally posted by jugithamugi he's in us and i am in belgium ... i forgot to mention
I can't speak for belgium laws concerning debt collections but here in the US you can sell your deadbeat accounts to a collection agency but be prepared to sell them for pennies on the dollar. You will furnish them with everything and all information that you have on your non-paying client Use this as a last resort and only when you can't collect the debt by other means. Sometimes a simple form letter from your attorney will get the ball rolling and if you already have an attorney, he/she might even do this at no cost . Good luck.
Jugi, the big problem here is you're in Europe and he's in the U.S. The COST of collecting this debt is probably going to outweigh the debt itself. This loser knows that there is nothing you can do to him other the possibly report the bad debt to a credit reporting agency and it will go on record.
You should contact a legitimate collection service and ask them how you would go about collecting this money. In the U.S. we have something called Small Claims court where you could go and get a judgement on your behalf, but even that does not guarentee payment, only legal rights to go after the money via liens, etc..
One thing to do is let everyone know who he is so we can all watch out for him.
You may be able to get some useful information from doing a whois on his domain. Assuming that the information he gave isn't bogus. With him being in the US, definately see about reporting this to the three major credit agencies. That alone will probably be the worst thing you could do. If something like that hits his credit report, it's going to follow him whenever he applies for credit anywhere else, and will serve as a warning to anyone else. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS require pre-payment. If they can't come up with the money up front, then they really don't need that server.
Steve-V I am sorry but that website seems a bit childish, if you read some of the letter samples, they call the debtor a delinquent on several occasions and have an excessive use of "!!!!" well it seems childish to me, but then again it may no appear childish to you guys.
Actually "delinquent" is a proper accounting term when applied to an overdue bill and accounts that remain unpaid. I agree, no need for all the "!!!!!!". Then again collection agencies are not known to be the most subtle people in the world.
Originally posted by Intech Steve-V I am sorry but that website seems a bit childish, if you read some of the letter samples, they call the debtor a delinquent on several occasions and have an excessive use of "!!!!" well it seems childish to me, but then again it may no appear childish to you guys.
Regardless of their website, they have helped us collect a 1 yr old, high dollar debt.
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