Many thanks for your patience. The first thing to note is that debt collectors are just here to be a nuisance and to try and pressure people into paying what they claim are legitimate debts. However a debt collector cannot just force you to pay anything, nor can they take any of your goods or property. They can make demands and threats but that is all. Of course I completely understand that this alone can be distressing but at the same time they are allowed to do it (to a reasonable degree) if they believe that a debt is genuinely owed.
I would say that it is unnecessary at this stage to involve a solicitor – there is not much they can do apart from contact the and tell them to back off and in the process you will need to pay for their involvement, which is not that cheap.
I would say that a better approach is to contact them, state that you do not admit to any of the debt in any way and that you just want proof and evidence of why they believe this debt is owed by you. If they supply the relevant evidence which is genuine and shows you actually owe this then you can consider whether to pay it or not. If they cannot supply this information then tell them that they should stop contacting you and that any further correspondence by them will amount to harassment.
After that, the only way anyone can decide if you owe this or not is a court and there is no guarantee they will ever get that far.
This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of the law on harassment and how you can use it here, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you