My son started getting bills from Spectrum Billing around Dec 07. Addressed to my son but the cell phone that the charge was made on was not his. He knew who the owner of the cell phone was and gave the bill to him and told him to straighten it out twice. well they started calling here. My son told them it was not his cell phone and to stop calling. They said the charge was made on his charge card, he told them he didn't have a charge card.We finally found out his Debit/Credit card which had been reported as lost in May 2007 was used on this Nov 07 phone call. He went to the police and reported it, He tried to get the "friend" who owned the phone to go with him with his phone records to prove he didn't do it. He told my son the phone had been lost during this time. But ended up going alone. He went to the bank, they spent a day, back tracking to find when his card was replaced. Bank manager wrote a letter stating when it was replaced. Apparently Wachovia does not "cancel" a debit card when it is reported lost and they replace it, this was news to us and most people. I faxed copies of both the police report and the letter from the bank manager to Spectrum Billing. Since then my son has been out of state is now on the road as a long haul truck driver. Spectrum decided that wasn't good enough proof. They said they validated that he made the payments and he said he would. I asked when and got the dates. I asked what phone number did they validate it on, they said the cell phone that was used. Well now we know so called friend did not lose the phone, he or some one with him said yes they were my Son and yes they would pay for it. But when My son told me to ask them for a copy of the so called verification they say they didn't record it. They called so called friends home since we faxed a copy of the police report. Said friend told them he would bring money to me to pay them, which he didn't. So we have identity theft, fraud and my son is unable to be in one place to handle this. He didn't do it. we are still being harassed by phone calls.Is it worth it to get a lawyer to try and take care of this 215$ bill?They said send the police report, since they didn't arrest the friend it wasn't good enough. They said if the friend called and said he did it they would take it off my sons credit and go after the friend. But apparently that isn't enough.To us it's the principle of the thing. you should have seen my son when I showed him how you could GOOGLE the phone number called from the cell phone. He hit the ceiling. A certain type of ****phone call. Any ideas? do we have to pay these people and trust they will take it off his credit report and then sue the "friend" meaning more time spent. I am handicapped and can not sit in a court room. My son can not be here.Spectrum said at one point our son had to pay them and then go to small claims court to get the money from his friend.
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