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Remember the last time you rented a movie? We don't, either. But some Kansans are being hounded by apparent late fees from Hollywood Video.
Don't hand over your credit-card number just yet, warned Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt in a press release from his office. Schmidt said he has heard from Kansans across the state who have been sent bills or been telephoned by a company called National Credit Solutions, which purports to be a debt-collecting agency. Apparently, Kansans are scum-of-the-earth film renters, because they all seem to have outstanding late fees from Hollywood Video. An oversight from the "creditors": Hollywood Video went bankrupt in 2009.
Now, all Hollywood Video seems to do is sell creepy movie memorabilia
on Amazon.com and act as an unwitting front for fraudulent creditors.
According to victims who talked to Schmidt's office, National Credit Solutions threatens that a lack of payment will be reflected on their credit reports. The callers shadily offer to accept less than the amount "due" as long as the person pays on the spot.
"This appears to be a scam," Schmidt said. "Consumers should not pay or give any information to this organization over the telephone. Instead, they should gather whatever information they can about the alleged debt and the caller and then report that to our office."
In other words, just remember to follow the old movie-store mantra: Be kind, don't pay the fines.