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I read that as well, and I'm pretty sure that's still the case in the US as well. You never pay "debts" unless you're sure it's legitimate. NEVER.

And I say that as a person who has actually done some of the same things as the man in the article. Not to the lengths he has...but, yeah, I've spooked quite a few debt collectors. It's one of the few times in life you can unleash against all the wrongdoing in the world and aggressively berate/hound/harrass some scumbag who completely deserves it, and has no idea when they've crossed the wrong person.

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