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Are you tired of searching for free sample Pay-For-Delete letters only to end up reading a bunch of nonsense and not getting what you were after?  I was too! 

After much testing, we have written a sample letter that you can use to get started. 

A Pay-for-Delete letter is not guaranteed to work every time, but it does work quite often, and it’s free. If you succeed you can do your credit score a substantial favor. 

Free Pay For Delete Templates

All of these free sample template pdf letters work. Click on any one of them to open the PDF file, although we do ask for an email.

Feel free to copy and paste them or download them.

You may change them or use them exactly how they are written.

If you write one that has success, please email it to us, and we may add it to our list, just like Rochelle did here:

I used your Pay-For-Delete template and my score went up 61 points.  Thank you!

Sarah Thompson, Panama City, Florida

⚠️ Please Read Before Using This Template!

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Be sure that you fill in all required information and delete the ____ text before you send the letter.

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Why You Need An Agreement

Having a collection on your credit report is credit score killer, but you may get it removed with a successful Pay-for-Delete letter. You offer to pay a settlement if the collection agency agrees to delete the negative collection record from your credit records. 

What Is A Pay for Delete Letter?

It’s exactly what it sounds like. You offer to settle a debt. If the collection company agrees to what you proposed in your letter, then they will delete the negative collection record from your credit report upon receiving payment. 

👉 A Pay-For-Delete letter is sent to a creditor or collection company that you owe money to and has filed a negative record against your credit. 

You must use specific language when making an offer on an open collection account because the letter could be used against you in a lawsuit. If the collection company accepts your offer, be sure to get an agreement in writing or email. Once you have paid the agreed-upon amount, the collection company will then delete the negative collection records.

Strategies To Include

In most cases when a pay to delete letter is appropriate it involves an outstanding debt that is in collections. 

The company attempting to collect this debt will usually have legal remedies available such as a civil lawsuit. 

So if you send them a letter admitting that you owe the debt they could use that as evidence in a lawsuit against you. 

As you write a letter keep in mind that you must choose your words carefully. 

Because if you don’t, the following things could happen…

  1. You could mistakenly ratify the amount claimed
  2. You could extend the legal statute of limitations
  3. You could extend the amount of time the collection could be on your credit report
  4. You could inadvertently open yourself up to a lawsuit

If you’re not sure how to do it, you can speak with one of our top rated credit repair companies about preparing a letter for you. The credit repair business has earned a bad reputation and scams are rampant, but there are some reputable companies and we’ve identified several for you.

Are Pay For Delete Letters Illegal Or Unethical? 

Some people have a problem with these arrangements because they say it is unethical to deny a debt that was yours. 

If you are still dealing with the original creditor you may feel obligated to pay the full amount of your debt. If you are dealing with a collection agency the party you owe is no longer in the picture. The collection agency bought the debt for an average of 4 cents for every dollar.

They can settle with you for much less than you owe and still make a tidy profit.

There is a more serious question. Credit bureaus are legally obligated to provide an accurate report of your credit history. Deleting a collection account could interfere with a subsequent creditor’s ability to evaluate your credit record.

For that reason, credit bureaus frown on pay-for-delete agreements. Some collectors won’t offer them because they are afraid of repercussions from the credit bureaus.

Collection Companies Addresses

Portfolio Recovery

4330 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

Portfolio Recovery Associates

4330 La Jolla Village Dr, San Diego, CA 92122

Enhanced Recovery Company

8014 Bayberry Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Diversified Consultants

10550 Deerwood Park Blvd #309, Jacksonville, FL 32256

Jefferson Capital Systems

16 McLeland Rd, St Cloud, MN 56303

IC Systems

444 Hwy 96 E, St Paul, MN 55127

Stellar Recovery

4500 Salisbury Rd, Ste 105, Jacksonville, FL 32216

Phoenix Financial Services

PO Box 361450, Indianapolis, IN 46236

Convergent Outsourcing  

PO Box 9004, Renton, WA 98057-9004

National Credit Systems

P.O. Box 312125, Atlanta, GA 31131

Hunter Warfield

4620 Woodland Corporate Blvd, Tampa, FL 33614

Cavalry Portfolio Services

4050 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040

Pinnacle Credit Services

7900 MN-7, St Louis Park, MN 55426

Ad Astra Recovery Services

7330 W 33rd St, Wichita, KS 67205

GLA Collections

2630 Gleeson Ln, Louisville, KY 40299

Capital One

P.O. Box 30279, Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0279

Midland Funding

350 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA 92108

IQ Data International

P.O. Box 340, Bothell, WA 98041-0340

The Thomas Agency

PO Box 6759, Portland, ME 04103

Southwest Credit Systems

4120 International Pkwy #1100, Carrollton, TX 75007

Caine And Weiner

5805 Sepulveda Blvd 4th floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91411


700 Longwater Dr, Norwell, MA 02061

What To Do If Your Settlement Letter Does Not Work

If your pay for delete letter does not work you should offer a settlement even without a pay for delete agreement. The account will still be on your credit record, but once it’s paid its impact on your credit score will diminish.

More important, you’ll get the debt collector off your back, resolve the account, and make sure you won’t face a lawsuit. Remember that collection agencies pay an average of 4 cents for every dollar of debt they buy. They can afford to settle for much less than you owe and still earn a profit. Start low, negotiate up, and make the best deal you can!

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