West Bay Acquisitions LLC
Posted in the Rhode Island Forum
#1 Mar 5, 2012
Who are these people and why are they sending me a bill from Hollywood Video from 2009. when I never had a bill to begin with.
Whats up with this any one in Rhode Island Know?
The phone number does not work.
The website has pictures of credit cards, no e-mail address and no working phone number, it only accepts payments.Perhaps the people of Rhode Island have an answer.
here is the address: West Bay Acquisitions LLC
P.O. Box 8009 Cranston, RI 02920
Do I need to come up to Rhode Island?
#2 Mar 6, 2012
its a scam...report this to your attorney general office. I got the same in the mail today. this company is a complete scam. Don't reason with them or give them money that means they will have your information. btw its on your credit report and could make borrowing money difficult so take care of it
#3 Apr 6, 2012
Collection agencies have been authorized to collect debt owed to Hollywood Video. According to the Stipulation and Agreed Order The collection agencies agreed to provide proof of rentals, to specify whether customers are being asked to pay late fees or a replacement fee -- not both -- and provide a system for consumers to dispute charges. The companies also promised that, regardless of whether consumers pay, they would not report Hollywood's old customers to credit-reporting agencies.
The official order can be accessed at http://ag.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A9B216D5-B770-4...
Dispute the charge and ask how they are connected to the agencies specified in the order. Third party agencies are required to follow the same stipulations in the order as the orginal trustee.
#4 Apr 12, 2012
im only sixteen and i got this in the mail and i dont know wht to do and what its about its from 2008 can somone help?
#5 Apr 17, 2012
Send this letter to them, with your information inserted, and BE SURE TO KEEP A COPY FOR YOUR RECORDS:
West Bay Acquisitions
P. O. Box 8009
Cranston, RI 02920
RE: Account Number [insert their # referenced in the collection notice]
To Whom it May Concern:
This letter is in response to a collection notice I received from West Bay on April __, 2012. I refute the existence of the $___ debt listed in the notice, and decline to pay. Please forward any documentation to prove the debtís existence, or promptly cease any and all collection attempts. I will consider any further collection attempts a violation of federal and state collection statutes, and will pursue any remedies available to me under these laws.
Thank you for your cooperation and consideration in this matter.
#6 Jul 31, 2012
I received a letter from West Bay Acquisitions Llc. saying that I owed Hollywood video $66.59 for late fees. This is absolutely impossible because we paid a monthly fee to rent unlimited from them. I am thinking this is a scam. I just cannot have it hurt my credit. Anyone know what actions to take. No matter what I will NOT pay it!
#7 Aug 6, 2012
I got the letter today too...for 19.99 for "DVD-Management (2008/WS)", whatever that means. I sent a copy of the letter above today. Hope it is helpful. I had no debt with Hollywood Video.
#9 Nov 3, 2012
Same story as the above mentioned parties have spoken of, happened to me. I just typed the letter (copied from above and included my info). Hopefully this will be it. At least I know where else to document what happens. I'm sure there are dozens of people being hit with this that aren't even reporting it on here.
#12 Jan 22, 2013
Got a letter from these guys from a company i never had any dealing with until 2012 even though the bill is for a 2007 account. I just forward them a letter but think they are a total fraud since i found dozen of posting stating the same thing.
#13 Jun 22, 2013
I have credit Monitoring and received an alert that I have a new account listed on my credit report. I remember Hollywood Video from back in the day but don't remember renting there I had an account with Blockbuster. Strange, after all these years a debt collector buys up their debt for pennies on the dollar and tries to collect sorry and I am a debt collector and in the state of Texas you have 7 years to try and collect an old debt or it just falls of no matter if it is re sold. It's gone. Also you have to prove the validity of the debt. So show me where I owe it. And based on the BBB the owner has so many claims against him right now he may be out of business soon. So I would suggest sending the letter and advising them to cease all communication to you their statue of limitation is up anyway. Just walk away and dispute on your report as fraudulent. Because I have no memory of an account and around that time my identity was compromised so there you go. Don't fall for these scam artist, they are trying to make money anyway they can.
#14 Jul 13, 2013
People responsible for these scams are Chris Runci, Todd Sadwin, Todd Harraka, Erin Thibeault
#15 Dec 6, 2013
West Bay Acquisitions is listed as a negative account on my credit report. They say I owe them $68. I have never received any correspondence from them, I keep track of all balances owed (I owe nobody that measly amount; I'd just have paid that off!), and have near-perfect credit except for this one thing.
I disputed the item on my Experian report, but I am worried about why it would be on there to begin with. In my area, we never had a Hollywood Video and I have not even set foot in a video store since 2002 when I got Netflix, but the amounts that you guys are being charged makes me suspect that I have been targeted as well! Thank goodness it showed up on my score AFTER I closed on my house!
#17 May 25, 2014
I just checked my credit score and I have 1 claim and its from these people saying owe bmg $31 from 2013! I have no idea where this came from but I will send the above letter and see what happens
#18 Dec 5, 2015
I have also dealt with this company and my advice to you would be to fight back. West Bay is owned by Bryan Dunford (aka Bryan Thomas) of North Kingstown and Cranstion, Rhode Island. He is clumsy, inept and unprofessional. I did a background on him and he has plenty of skeletons in his closet which include but are not limited to drunk driving. He buys up the debt at bottom of the barrel pricing and then goes after people via the credit bureaus or any other avenue that HE sees fit. Unfortunately a lot of what HE sees does not correspond with the rules and regulations of the FDCPA.
How to fight back:
Send a certified letter and keep notes and receipts.
Fight anything he has filed with the credit bureau.
File a complaint against him and his company with the FTC.
Contact the Rhode Island Department of Business regulation and file a complaint there too.
Contact a consumer advocate lawyer in your state and Rhode Island and file a counter-suit.
All of the information I posted here can be verified through a simple Google searchs and Rhode Island criminal records are a matter of public record if you need that information too. Just search "Rhode Island Judiciary" and enter his name when you get to the court records search page.
Best of luck with your situation!
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