202-241-8533
DC, US
feel stupid
feel stupid
2013-03-12 18:14:24
Unknown
I too got taken by these people. Same scenario. I got taken for 1000.00. He knew everything about me, impersonated someone from my bank, and someone from the Sherriff's department. That should be  illegal. However, the sherriff's office said that they were not doing anything illegal. Took advantage by using scare tactics. I should have checked this stuff out.
Angie
Angie
2013-01-29 14:59:10
Unknown
These people are rediculous and need to be arrested we applied for an on line loan that way we could get the stuff our sick daughter needs these people called us and had all of our information so we didnt think anything about it they took $988 dollars from us and my sick daughter wasnt able to get what she needed and i hate myself because of that but at that point i was willing to do whatever i had to in order to get my daughter what she needed i dont understand how people could be so heartless stuff like this shouldnt keep going on and nothing be done about it
Mike
Mike
2013-01-25 14:40:35
Telemarketer
They call Me and said I am approved So i took Vanilla Visa Gift Card And I got TH money IN next 2:00 Hour.Thank You kevin....God Bless You.American Pay day loan.
the saint
the saint
2013-01-24 19:52:10
Debt Collector
ha ha that was joke...how this scamers can give loan Pakistani c*** sukers....dont pay them
the saint
the saint
2013-01-24 19:48:13
Unknown
i got approved for $2000 gotmoney by check, and i choose for 24 months payback... appreciated work
Maggy
Maggy
2013-01-24 03:37:01
Telemarketer
I applied online for a loan and these person called me and said I was approve for a loan. supposedly the man who had a heavy Indian accent said his name was Kevin Peterson from America Pay day loan. He said my  credit was to low and that I had to pay a processing fee they made me put the money on prepaid vanilla card on 2different time each time they claimed the credit of bureaus said I had to pay more finally I said to cancel and give me back my money they said they could not return my money which was $475 I lost to get a loan. They are scams
bill
bill
2013-01-18 00:04:56
Unknown
I just had the same the happen to me today they have all my information bank account,sos # address. That is the scary part yhes people need to be brought done please if any now any thing on how to stop the people please post it.
r call
r call
2012-12-14 00:45:44
Unknown
this is a complete scam do not send them any money this is a fraud just like his name "kevin peterson"  yeah right
R. CALL
R. CALL
2012-12-14 00:27:57
Telemarketer
SCAM KEVIN PETERSON, INDIAN NOT HIS REAL NAME.  THIS IS A SCAM DON'T DO IT
john doe
john doe
2012-12-10 19:55:25
Debt Collector
they take my money,all are scammmerssss.........god will never forgive you..
Ryan Miller
Ryan Miller
2012-11-30 01:45:15
Unknown
Claims to be a paydayloansofamerica. SCAM ripped me off for $180. They better hope i dont find them
mike
mike
2012-11-27 20:54:08
Telemarketer
got a loan with an amount of 5000$ happy thank you so much
greg murphy
greg murphy
2012-11-16 19:11:52
Unknown
got a call and get a loan for 1500$
sly
sly
2012-11-08 15:11:25
Unknown
i got a call from someone named kevin perterson from this 202 241 8533 asking me about a loan that i had recieved. It was a scam.
Pissed off
Pissed off
2012-08-21 20:29:59
Unknown
I got this too at work. These people need to be arrested !
Alfalfa
Alfalfa
2012-08-08 20:54:54
Unknown
This is an extortion scam operating out of India. Report them to the FTC: https://econsumer.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/

Phantom Debt Collectors From India Harass Americans, Demand Money

By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , CINDY GALLI and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk)
June 7, 2012

Hundreds of thousands of cash-strapped Americans have been targeted by abusive debt collectors operating out of overseas call centers suspected of links to organized crime in India, law enforcement officials told ABC News.

The calls are part of a massive scam, one that appears to target struggling Americans -- especially those who have gone online to apply for payday loans. Armed with personal information from those pilfered applications, the threatening callers, who claim to be debt collectors poised to initiate legal action, have managed to pry loose millions of dollars from their victims -- even when the victims never owed money in the first place.

"This is what we call a phantom debt collection scam," said Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. "It's a very pernicious and innovative new fraud."

Working through call centers in India, the commission estimates that the criminals have dialed at least 2.5 million calls, persuading already cash-strapped victims to send them more than $5 million. Some have reported receiving dozens of calls per hour. They are victims like Cindy Gervais, of New Orleans, who went online for a quick loan when her husband's car was hit by a driver who didn't have insurance.

Even though she paid the loan off, the so-called "phantom" debt collectors with Indian accents began calling to say she still owed money.

He more or less told me that if I didn't pay, they were going to have someone on my doorstep to arrest me," she told ABC News. "And that they were going to contact my place of business, and tell them what kind of person I am."

At first, she said she resisted. Then the calls became more frequent, and started to ring on her cell phone, and at the grocery distribution company where she had worked for 27 years.

"I was more or less was in panic mode because he told me there would be someone before noon at my place of business to arrest me and take me to jail," she said tearfully. "So I agreed to pay him."

After receiving scores of complaints, investigators with the FTC said they began tracking the calls, and following the payments. They alleged the payments led them to a California company run by an Indian-American named Kirit Patel, and that such scams would not be possible without American front men.

"I would say that all roads of this scam, or many of the roads of this scam, lead back to Mr. Patel," said the FTC's Leibowitz.

ABC News tracked Patel for weeks, from the suburbs of San Francisco to Austin, Texas.

Patel refused to talk. But his lawyer, Mark Ellis, said he believes it is far too early to pass judgment on his client. Ellis, a Sacramento-based attorney, told ABC News that Patel was hired for a nominal fee to set up an American shell company, and had no idea what the call centers in India were doing.

"I can tell you, he was as snookered by the people in India as anybody," Ellis said. "He's a 69-year-old man who is nearing his retirement who thought all he had to do was set up some corporations and everything was on the up and up. He's completely dismayed that he has become the lightning rod of this entire problem."

A close friend of Patel's also defended him in a brief interview at his home, saying Patel was not trying to defraud anyone -- he was just an unwitting, bit player in a larger scheme.

"If Mr. Patel was just a cog in the wheel he seems to have been a pretty big cog," Leibowitz said. "It is clear that Patel was integrally involved with this scam."

Leibowitz points to thousands of pages of financial and phone records gathered by the FTC and filed as part of a civil case brought against him in the U.S. District Court in Sacramento last month. When FTC lawyers sought to freeze his assets and prevent his business from continuing to operate, Patel responded by invoking his rights against self-incrimination. His lawyer told ABC News he has had to be careful in how he responds to the allegations in civil court "because there is a potential criminal action," but that Patel maintains the allegations against him are false.

Federal investigators said the phantom debt collection operation that allegedly benefitted from Patel's assistance was one of several that all trace back to the same small town in Western India called Ahmedabad. Callers use technology to make it appear that the calls originate inside the U.S. Victims provided ABC News with recordings of dozens of the calls, and many of the thickly accented callers appear to be reading off a script.

"Subpoenas have been readied, and Monday morning you're going to be picked up from your home," one caller says on a victim's voicemail. "And you have children. Don't worry about your children. We have a childcare department to take care of the children."

"You will be behind bars for six months," said another caller. "And once you go behind bars, you will lose your job. Once you are behind the bars, you won't get a single drop of water."

William Peerce Howard, a Tampa attorney who represents victims of harassment from debt collectors, said it takes an especially twisted criminal to use threats and coercion to pry money from someone who is already struggling financially

"These guys really are the most visible villains in America today," he said. "They make a living scaring people."

Mark Merola, of Florida, said he just panicked when the caller told him he might be arrested at the deli where he works in a Florida retirement community.

"I was nervous. I didn't want to embarrass myself, my family," he said. He used his debit card to pay the collector $576.

Afterwards, he says he realized "how stupid I was."

"It just happened so fast," he said. "I got scared."

Leibowitz said he hopes with more attention, future potential targets of the scam will recognize red flags before they turn over any money.

If callers say they are from the police, consumers should know that law enforcement officers do not collect debt for private parties. If the caller is speaking with a thick Indian accent, but calls themselves by a names such as Officer Mike Johnson, that should be a tip off. And if they're calling 40 times in two hours, that's another red flag. "Legitimate debt collectors, legitimate pay day lenders don't do those sorts of things," he said.

Merola said he would like to see anyone involved in the scam prosecuted aggressively.

"There's no place in society for these people," he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/phantom-debt-co ... 16512428&page=2
Bessie Graves
Bessie Graves
2012-08-08 20:52:24
Debt Collector
These people keep calling  me and telling me that I have a payday loan
Kenyetta
Kenyetta
2012-06-29 19:44:59
Debt Collector
I jus received a very desturbing call from these ppl just a few min ago..they hav my ss# bank info..he was very rude and ignorant.He told me if I didnt pay for a loan I never applied for I would be locked up..who jus does that..oh not to mention the message he left ended with hav a blessed day..smh
Andrea
Andrea
2012-06-29 17:23:03
Unknown
These people have called me in the past about my fiance and I actually just recieved one today again. All I simply do is tell them he had passed away and i'd greatly appreciate if they'd stop calling, haha. The calls stop instantly! I figured since they are falsefully informing me and trying to scam me, I will give them the favor in return. Give it a try!
Dawn
Dawn
2012-06-27 20:57:03
Unknown
They called left a message for me at my job and said they were with a law firm and that there was a law suit against me and I would be arrested as early as tomorrow morning.  It caused a lot of problems for me at work with my boss.
Logan
Logan
2012-06-27 00:57:22
Debt Collector
I received a call from this number about a loan I was suppose to have taken out with there company and they would have me arrested if I did not have them take out money from my account.  I said okay I will call you right back with my account number Google this number and there it was. I called back and said that my bank was FBI scam investigations and they hang up. I called back and told that I knew what they doing and they hang up again. Good for them..
robert
robert
2012-06-20 00:50:52
Debt Collector
I'm so glad I read this!! I had the same message so I called back and talked to someone who I could barely understand from 202-249-7657. They gave out close to accurate information about a bank who I do bank with and they gave me a company name American Loan but I did research on that and couldn't find anything legit. But if someone is suing you, you have to be served with papers to let you know you are being sued. You cant just be sued and not be informed that makes no sense. I was never informed until 2 days before my supposed court date. I am still seeking legal advice to be 100% sure!
Todd
Todd
2012-06-15 22:49:03
Debt Collector
They said they were a government law firm.
Said they were coming to my home.
Said I owed money.
Wouldn't tell me which company I owed money to.
Wanted me to set up a payment plan or go to court.
I asked for them to fax or email me the case file.
They said they could not.
SCAM!
shari
shari
2012-06-14 20:45:34
Unknown
Is there a way to report them to the authorities.  I'm constantly getting these calls and somehow they've got part of my ss#
sassy
sassy
2012-06-14 18:10:33
Debt Collector
Harrassing about a payday loan that does not exist
Krista
Krista
2012-06-11 19:31:53
Debt Collector
I just got called from the number 202-241-8533 saying that I had a lawsuit against me and I would be arrested if I did not pay a loan that I never took out of 502.56. I've only had one payday loan and I paid that loan so I do not owe them anything. I'm glad I looked up the number he was calling from to find out that it is a scam. I was so nervous when he told me. He said I had 2 hrs to go to Walmart and get a money pak and call him back or I will be in jail by tomorrow. I think he said his name was Greg but can't remember his last name. I did get a call like this once before and I didn't pay it and never got called again. Reading these posts are so relaxing to know it is not just me
Alesha
Alesha
2012-05-30 23:36:39
Telemarketer
These people have called continually saying that I owe them money for a loan I never took out. I have been threatened that they are going to come over my house and nobody will ever see me again because I will buried 10 feet under ground. I told them I called the police and also the FBI and I got called every slang name they could come up with. The scary thing is they had all my information, social security, address and bank account. What is being done about these people.?????????
CassJ
CassJ
2012-05-30 22:52:40
Unknown
Caller says he is Jason Kaye from the Bureau of Crime Investigations.  States that I better return his call or their will be serious implications....and It is very hard to understand him. He did end the conversation with "have a blessed day"
Penny
Penny
2012-05-29 18:57:08
Unknown
I have received over 100 calls from this number since last Thrusday. Saying they were going to have me locked up to.
gary
gary
2012-05-28 02:51:33
Debt Collector
call to collect debt and harassing to kill or arrest you
1-268-762-0032 1-661-378-7380 1-617-515-4200
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