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Nervous about Citibank....please help!

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Hi everyone! Thanks for taking the time to read this post.
I am so nervous about a $25,000 debt that I owe to Citibank. Currently it is almost 90 days past due. If I can avoid being sued, I should have enough for a 50% settlement by September. Obviously this is 7 months away! Has anyone out there been able to avoid being sued by Citibank for that long of a time period? I am especially worried because my balance is so big.
I have been staying in contact almost weekly with Citibank and explaining to them that I am having a really hard time financially. I am so stressed out about this it is effecting my sleep and overall health. Can anyone please offer advice or let me know of any experiences you have had with Citibank?
Thank you so much!!!




SusieQ
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Sub: #1 There is no rhyme or reason, or any set plan, as how any credito
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 07:12

There is no rhyme or reason, or any set plan, as how any creditor will deal with each customer. So I can tell you my experience, but that doesn't mean yours will be the same. I have two Citibank accounts, and have not paid either one of them since December of 2007 when I started a debt settlement program. Neither one has been settled, as they had not really wanted to offer anything I can do, yet. I have not yet been sued, but both accounts have been charged off and are in the hands of collection agencies right now. In your case, I wouldn't think that Citibank will still have the accounts by September. Perhaps you will get lucky, and they will offer you a lower settlement than 50%, that you can pay off sooner. I have read where some folks have gotten settlements in the 25%-30% range on Citibank. I have been waiting for that, and haven't gotten it yet, but who knows why or when some get the settlement offers they do.




info3333
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Sub: #2 Citibank
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 07:39

You should consider calling a couple of debt mitigation companies to see what they can offer. Good debt mitigation companies can typically save a customer more than the customer would be able to save on his/her own. Even more importantly, in some cases, they remove the STRESS immediately.

Debt mitigation companies put you on a payment program that can begin at your convenience. As soon as you make your first payment the DMs (Debt Mitigation companies) begin working with your creditors so they are on board with the program. The phone calls stop and the DMs act as your liaison between you and the creditor. With that being said, the customer typically is more at ease because they know that they are working the plan and they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Also keep in mind that the DMs are professional negotiators. They know what your creditor will settle for before they pick up the phone to begin a negotiation. On the other hand, your creditor knows what you, the customer, will settle for before you pick up the phone to ask for settlement. It's much like going to trial as the defendant without a defense attorney.

I hope this info helps. If you have any more questions feel free to PM me.




arb
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Sub: #3 Hope you have better luck than me. I had about $7,900 on a Home
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 08:39

Hope you have better luck than me. I had about $7,900 on a Home Depot Card (Citibank). Sued me, only offered about 80% settlement which I didn't have. Got the default judgement. Now I'm paying it off over 24 months. Only good thing is no interest, court fees, lawyer fees, etc. Just the principal. Even worked out the payment before it actually went to court and they got the judgement anyway.

I now have a Sears card still to pay off. That was Citibank but looks like LVNV owns it now..not sure if that is better or worse..




Foolish
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Sub: #4 Arb - I have a Home Depot Card as well that is in default wit
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 09:52

Arb -

I have a Home Depot Card as well that is in default with a balance of about $12,500 on it. How long was it til they sued you. Were you in a debt settlement program or making payments of any type? Just trying to figure out my odds of getting sued as well.

Thanks.




love_my_things

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Sub: #5 This is the deal i had with citibank. They absolutely would not
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:06

This is the deal i had with citibank. They absolutely would not settle my account whatsoever and i was with a settlement company. My settlement company said they are the worst for them to deal with. till the end of my settlement plan i did recieve a summons after 2 years balance 1,300.00 scince they were my last account I told provanta to just pay them I didnt want to deal with it any longer. They said they would still fight for a better settlement, but my 2 year program was over and i didnt want to deal with it anylonger. Provanta didnt think that they would ever come to a agreement. The origional debt was 430.00 and they didnt stop the fees like they were suppost to do every single month they kept adding and Provanta offered them the full debt owed of 430.00 but they wanted 1,300 all late fees, over the limit fees, whatever. They are the absolute worst to deal with in my experience and Provantas too so they say




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Sub: #6 Foolish- I was in a debt settlement program with Century Nego
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 11:48

Foolish-

I was in a debt settlement program with Century Negotiations. My last payment on the CC was in April 08. Received a letter Sept 8th from a collection law firm in my area. Then mid November was served with a summons. Payment was worked out Dec 9th for paying the full principle over 24 months. They got the default judgement on Jan 5th.

Good luck!




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Sub: #7 My experience with Citigroup was that I owed $35k on one card, I
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:29

My experience with Citigroup was that I owed $35k on one card, I was 6 months behind when they settled at 20% late in 2008. Obtaining good settlements depends on how dire your situation meaning can they can anything from you by suing...if you have no assets, your wages can't be garnished and there is no way for them to get $$ they will settle low to get anything they can. Check the info on garnishment laws and homestead to see if they can sue you for anything you may have.




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Sub: #8 btw, an addition to my last post regarding settling at 20%, i di
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 12:31

btw, an addition to my last post regarding settling at 20%, i did that on my own, i think most creditors work with you more when you do it on your own




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Sub: #9 I agree, creditors are more willing to work with you if you do i
Fri, 01/23/2009 - 17:41

I agree, creditors are more willing to work with you if you do it on your own. You can do this on your own. It helps if you have defaulted on all of your credit cards around the same time because they do pull your credit report to see if you are current on other cards. The best time to settle is right before charge off which is 180 days past due. For you this would be in April. I know you say you won't have enough until Sept but, you can negotiate your settlement in payments. Once the the debt gets charged off you will only be able to do a lump sum. At the beginning of April start negotiating tell them what you can afford and ask for payments, with a large sum they will usually do 3-4 payments, try for 6 that will bring you to Sept. I got a 50% settlement of 26,000.00 in 12 payments. Someone on this forum told me I would never get 12 but I held out because thats all I could afford and they called me one day saying it was approved. They were nasty too the whole time but, stay calm, don't yell back (it doesn't help) just keep stating its all you have. Hardly anyone sues during this 6 month time. Good Luck




love_my_things

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Sub: #10 in my case i did try to work with my creditors before i went to
Sat, 01/24/2009 - 13:18

in my case i did try to work with my creditors before i went to debt settlement program and got absolutely no were. Can you reduce my % NO can you stop the account and maybe lower my monthly payments to help? NO can we settle on a amount NO i got no were with them when i asked what I could do or what they could help me with all they would do was cancel my account.




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