And if you forged a document and presented it in court – you’d probably be held in contempt, sanctioned and/or in jail.
If I missed a scheduled payment to a bank, I would probably get hit with a late fee. Credit bureaus would receive a delinquency report. If I continued to miss the payment, debt collectors would harass me at all hours with phone calls. They might take me to court and get a judgment against me that enables them to garnish my wages or my taxrefunds. If the debt was secured — i.e., backed by a piece of collateral — the creditor could initiate proceedings to take that collateral away from me. In the case of a mortgage, that means repossessing my house in a foreclosureaction. They could take my car or strip me of all my other assets.
All of these consequences made the credit system work: Without them, people would be foolish to pay their debts. But if…
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