202-400-3496
DC, US
Resident47
Resident47
2011-12-21 02:41:21
Unknown
Your AG sat on the complaint and did nothing, which is unfortunate but not uncommon. You're leaving money on the table if you don't find a valid mailing address and file suit yourself in 2012. You have up to a year from a given FDCPA violation, yours being the bogus lawsuit threat from the boiler room rep. You may still have time to sue whatever company hassled you in early 2011, assuming you've kept that recording and good records.
annette and bob
annette and bob
2011-11-02 21:43:10
Debt Collector
got over a dozen calls with voicemails when called back gave them the number that they called which is a cell and they tell me they are looking for AMANDA STINTON when trying yto inform them that i dont know her and neither does my husband the guy on the phone by the name of SHAUN or how ever it is spelled TAYLOR starts screaming at me and calling me a liar.  i was just trying to convey that we didnt know her and would like the calls to stop.
WorkingMan
WorkingMan
2011-10-21 12:25:28
Debt Collector
This number is for Commonwealth Financial Systems or "Commonwealth Investigations" as they like to refer to themselves. At this point I am unaware if they are scammers or legit  collection agency. Regardless, DO NOT FALL FOR THEIR TACTICS!!!!
  They called me several times, and never left voicemails. They finally left one and I called the number that they left. They attempt to sound like a government agency and try very hard to scare you. Within the first 30 seconds of the conversation, they were threatening felony charges for "defrauding a financial institution" and said that charges were being filed with the local DA by 5pm if full restitution was not made. They wanted bank account information. At this point, I recited the following: "I am required by law to inform you at this point that this conversation is being recorded at the advice of my attorney. Please state your full name and job title, and the official name, address and phone number of the agency you are representing." I was told to do this by a real detective friend of mine. They immediately hung up.
  I couldnt resist, so I called them back. The first gentlemen I spoke with was named Shawn White. When I called back, I asked for Shawn Jones. They connected me with the same person, who immediately hung up. Returned the call again and asked for Jack Johnson. And to my surprise, I was connected with "Shawn White." This time, Mr "White" informed me that if I called again that his agency would seek phone harassment charges against me! I simply said: "Sir, I would be happy to take care of this, if you would please give me the information that I am requesting." Again, he hung up.    
  I called back several times trying to get this information. Over the next several phone calls I was told they would be calling all my friends and neighbors and inform them I am a deadbeat. They threatened to have me fired, said that local police were on their way with warrant in hand. They also said they were contacting my local newspaper and news channels and that my face would be all over the news. They said I had 11 felony charges against me, and was facing 25 yrs in prison! They never did cooperate and give me the information I was requesting.
  I have dealt with this sort of thing before. I am not sure if it was the same company or not. The first contact scared me severely. They also threatened felony charges and everything else. I did just as they asked and gave them the money. After the fact, I contacted the company that I did have the debt with. They informed me that no money had been applied to my account and that this company was not representing them. I filed a report with the local police and talked to the chief of police, prosecuting attorney and head sheriff. All of these people informed me that these were scare tactics. That even though the debt was related to a payday lender and my checking account, that it was not a criminal case. I just defaulted on a loan and it was entirely civil. Even if the company was legit, their threats were completely false and empty.
  I sincerely hope anyone that is contacted by this company isnt fooled by their tactics. Its easy to be intimidated, trust me. But, dont buy it. These people are scum.
john
john
2011-10-21 02:32:41
Unknown
I keep getting these calls... and its the same thing that everyone is saying...  its a crap scam and bogus they can do this to people..what can I do to get these people to leave me alone...
justjoan
justjoan
2011-10-20 01:51:24
Debt Collector
Someone left the following message on my land line:  "since you have not responded to our phone call your name and social security number will now be placed on the default list". I *67 back and asked them why they were calling me.  He asked me for my phone number and since they had already called me at that number, I gave it to him.

He came back on the line and told me they were looking for an acquaintance of mine who had "defrauded a financial institution."  I knew exactly who and why they were looking for this person. She had left the state owing me money, so I wasn't surprised that she had defrauded someone else.  She had given my name and phone number as a reference.  I explained that I had no way to get in touch with this person and would like for them to stop calling me.  He said they would take my name off her file (I doubt if that will happen).

This is the 4th time I have had someone call me looking for her.  I wish I knew where she was so I could pass along her contact information.....
SallyF
SallyF
2011-10-07 00:49:51
Unknown
Got a phone call from 202-400-3496 saying it was from the commonwealth and my SS# was turned in. The recording said to call back as not to have any action against me. Total fraud.
Michelle Ritter
Michelle Ritter
2011-10-06 22:54:38
Unknown
it was something about fraud....they woke me up when I was sleeping
Marieammatx
Marieammatx
2011-10-06 00:21:50
Unknown
These morons called my 512 area code cell phone.
They said:
Due to your unresponsiveness a formal complaint has been filed bearing your name and social security number.  To review all immediate right and details and avoid all check system or systant proceedings contact the Commonwealth immediately at 1-888-392-8605.

I hve no pending credit issues.. This is a scam!!
Get real jobs u jerks!

Ps- they don't even answer the 1888#. I was looking forward to cussing them out :(
Ben
Ben
2011-10-05 21:45:12
Debt Collector
I recieved a call from this group today.  They called from number 202-400-3496 and left a call back number 888-392-8605 on voicemail.  They said they are with Commonwealth.  I suspect this is a scam because I have perfect credit and never so much as a bounced check.  

This is the message they left on my my cell phone.  It was hard to make out but this is as best I could tell:

Due to your unresponsiveness a formal complaint has been filed bearing your name and social security number.  To review all immediate right and details and avoid all check system or systant proceedings contact the Commonwealth immediately at 1-888-392-8605.
MMB
MMB
2011-10-05 19:27:57
Unknown
A voice mail was left at my parents house (haven't lived there for 34 years) and it said to call 888-392-8605 immediately.  I called and was routed to an individual I could hardly understand.  Was advised a suit was being filed and would I agree to a settlement. Who would agree to a settlement without any documentation?  It was for a payday loan from early 2009.  I was contacted by another company 6 or more months ago about the same thing, but after being threatened on the phone by them for 40 minutes I hung up.  I had recorded the call and sent a copy to our state attorney generals office.  When nothing happened after I figured it was all done.  I think my "file" just got sent to another bottom feeding collection agency.  To this date I have never received anything in the mail constituting proper documentation of any debt.
not responding
not responding
2011-10-05 13:43:17
Unknown
Caller id showed a call form District of Columbia, let it go to voice mail. Msg left was a cheap recording that stated "since you have not responded to our phone call your name and social security number will now be placed on the default list". Excuse me, to leave a voice mail threatening me with my social security number to be our on some list is in excusable. Your company is just corrupt. Like anyone would ever call you back. I will just check with my credit monitoring agency. Dont even pick up the phone if you get a call from this number or area. The msg didnt even list the companies name.
Amber Fischer
Amber Fischer
2011-09-15 08:29:41
Debt Collector
I paid Commonwealth Investigations $480 last month because they said I was facing criminal charges and bank account freeze. They just called me yesterday and said I had another case number and that I owe more money. They wouldn't give me an address or send me a bill when I requested it. I started to get suspicious, so I started researching their company. The BBB said they have had numerous people wanting information about this phone number. The only reason I believed it was ligit at first is because they had my old landlords phone number. They called him and said I was facing criminal charges because of a debt.
amber
amber
2011-09-15 08:20:26
Unknown
I think they have a great deal of my identity since they had my old landlords number. I only had to use his name and number when I applied for a payday loan, 3 years ago. I got the loan and paid it off (3 years ago).
amber
amber
2011-09-15 08:15:13
Debt Collector
Well, I gave these guys $480 last month. Luckily my bank debit card wouldn't go through, so I paid them with a pre paid green dot card from Walmart. I was confused because they had my old landlords phone number, that is how they got a hold of me. I had moved and changed my phone number. They just called me yesterday and said I owed another bill of $150. So I started doing some research, I called the BBB, Attorney general and googled their company name. They threatened me by freezing my bank account and said I will have to go to court. I asked them to send me a bill and asked them for their address. They told me they couldn't give me their address because of security reasons. They said they got my information from a Federal data base and they have thousands of names of people with these debts. I'm so pissed. I was trying to do the right thing by paying off a debt collector (so I thought). I'm going to my bank tomorrow to make sure they don't try to use my debit card again.
Mm
Mm
2011-09-13 12:20:45
Unknown
I also hit a phone call came up as DC,USA 202-400-2396 but said to
Call back 888-392-8605 every time they call me and leave a message
It's alwAys a different call back number. So I called my local authorities
I was unable to get any sleep or do Anything else for that matter... They
SId more than likely it was. Scam so don't ever give out any information because
If it was reAl the local authorities would have contacted you personally or received
Something through mail.. Don't worry about these guys.. Sony lose any sleep over this..
gabe robles
gabe robles
2011-09-07 13:14:12
Unknown
got a call this number it was an automated system.  it stated to avoid prosectution etc.  Called the number back and it just rang, and rang, then hung went into a busy signal.  Scam, scam, scam!
joe
joe
2011-09-01 22:28:52
Unknown
Got the same message about action against me for check (sounds like kidding) kitting. Please call the 888-267-8555 number. I knew it must be a scam so I looked it up and found this website.
M Long-Bear
M Long-Bear
2011-09-01 13:21:41
Unknown
Automated message said someone in my household was being investigated for check fraud and to avoid legal action to call a 866#. I hope no one has fallen victim to this scam, my home number is in my mother's name and she's in her 70's.
TJ
TJ
2011-09-01 13:15:07
Unknown
Got a call from this number last night about 8pm, said something about fraud charges and a case number, call back on the same 888 number, called back and voice mail full.  This is my first time to be scammed, whoa!! what is this world coming too??
BT
BT
2011-09-01 02:29:23
Unknown
I just received a call on my land line and my cell phone at the same time. I answer the phone and heard a automative voice something about there is currently a lawsuit filed against me for check "Kitding", I should contact the someone, I dont remember who to see if there is fraud activity on my account. Contact a 888 number. It went so fast I could write the number down. I called back the number that was on the caller ID and got no answer.
arlis
arlis
2011-09-01 02:00:24
Debt Collector
The just called me i did the number check and log on here am glad i did,,it was a recoring saying im bieng sued and to avoid crinmal actions to get a attoney?..i dont undestand?
fjl
fjl
2011-09-01 01:59:56
Unknown
Called regarding a fraud charge at 10:00  pm.
BS
BS
2011-09-01 01:37:41
Unknown
Got the same automated message I've been reading about.  Common Wealth, DC, Check Kiting etc.  What a waste of time.  I think I'll turn the number over to police, although I'm sure the guys will just get another prepaid cell phone...
get a real job
get a real job
2011-09-01 01:34:16
Unknown
Lying about false information
Bev
Bev
2011-08-31 22:37:52
Unknown
SCAM CALLING 503 AREA CODE, they threaten "local law enforcement" unless you call the 888 number back. Ignore.
BRAD
BRAD
2011-08-30 03:49:51
Unknown
I just looked both numbers up on US search and neither one of those number are valid so you know it is a prepaid phone and a "SCAM". BEWARE DONT EVEN GIVE THEM YOUR NAME. ASK THEM IF YOU CALLED MY NUMBER THEN WHAT IS MY NAME AND THEY WILL HANG UP. CALL THE POLICE REPORT THEM SO WE CAN STOP THIS FROM HAPPENING AND REPORT THE NUMBER TO THE BBB. THEY WILL INVESTIGATE THESE PEOPLE ALONG WITH THE POLICE. THEY ARE USING A WASHINGTON DC AREA CODE......
Lrm
Lrm
2011-08-30 03:40:19
Unknown
They called and left a message about check kiting and to call 888# to prevent further action thank goodness I googled the phone number. I would love to call them back if they would answer and lead them on a real wild goose chase. I hate scammers!!!!!!!!
Carlista
Carlista
2011-08-30 03:38:58
Telemarketer
I had a call from this company for the first time today saying a was going to be arrested for a bad check and that I am being investigated, AND THAT I NEEDED TO CALL THEM BACK OTHERWISE I WAS GOING TO BE ARRESTED BY THE LOCAL POLICE. it was a recording telling me to call the 888-267-8555 the recording said the number was to some common wealth company that does not exist it is their number. I found out that anyone can get a 888 cell phone number. WHAT A SCAM  the first time I tried to call the number back it would not go through the second time it said I had reached austin white and that I needed to leave my number and case number and they would call me back within 24 hours. I have never ever written a check in my life and the call came in at 7:34pm which is weird so I called the fraud protection number on the back of my bank card and they told me my account was fine and to not respond to the call because they looked the number up in the computer and it was a telemarketing scam. to call the police if they called again. I don't have my voicemail set up so I don't have to deal with the voicemail like other people on here had to. It is a SCAM to get your SOCIAL SECURITY # and BANK info don't FALL for it. I called a friend of mine that works for the better business bureau and they also said it is a scam and that it is someones personal cell phone prepaid one at that.  PLEASE PLEASE DONT FALL FOR IT THEY WILL TRY TO CONVINCE YOU THAT THE ARE LEGAL AND LEGIT AND THEY ARE NOT.
B
B
2011-08-29 13:58:07
Unknown
I received the same call on my direct work line this past Saturday. They left a message indicating I was to call them back at (888) 267-8555 to avoid further action. The number on caller I.D. was (202) 400-3496. Thanks to this thread of messages I now know not to call them back.
Juan
Juan
2011-08-24 01:06:29
Debt Collector
So I called the toll free and talked to some one claiming to be with the "investigations dept common wealth" I gave him the number they called me at (a generic work line), he put me on hold, then came back and asked me if my name is "Jerome Jackson Jr"... I said no and he advised me that they are pursuing a criminal case for check fraud... Not sure why he felt it was ok to give a stranger information about legal action against Jerome Jackson Jr but that's how it played out. He told me he would place my number on the DNC list. I would advise not to bother calling this number and definatley DO NOT give these people any personal information... not even your name. ;)
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