I received one phone call on Friday, June 4th that suggested I call back this exact number. The call that came in on my phone had a blocked Caller ID so I didn't bother answering it. The message that was left had:
a) a lot of background noise
b) a person on the other end of the line with a very thick, hard to follow accent
c) revealed nothing about the company he was calling from, advised in the message that the call was regarding a debt, etc. - however advised me that the matter was time sensitive and I needed to call back or have my attorney on record call them.
d) Didn't contain a specific threat or action to be taken, but had the same vibe from previous calls I had received.
I called the number back from an unrelated number at a different location to see if the rep would announce the company I had reached, when they didn't I hung up. The "company" called me back, and the Caller ID began with a "105" area code. (Obviously incorrect) The person on the other end of the line stated someone from "x" number called him and wanted to know why. When I stated no one had called, he kept asking me who I was, etc. I kept the charade going until he revealed himself as an agent of American Legal Services
This is essentially the same scam that has been plaguing me for the last two months.
Other numbers that have been used in the scam are as follows:
The callers are NOT from a legal law firm or debt collection company in the United States. They do not represent any legal, licensed and law-abiding company, period. Their actions violate the FDCPA, and they are well aware of it, hence the constant number changes to evade their discovery. If you get calls from any of the numbers listed, contact the local police, your state's Attorney General, the FTC and the FBI Internet Fraud Dept. If employed, inform your HR Dept. that you are receiving these calls and advise them that they can disregard this group's efforts. If they feel it is necessary, provide them with any case numbers you obtain from the agencies listed above.
Lastly, albeit drastic, is to change your phone number. I know, its a tough proposition, especially if its your home phone number or one that you've had for a number of years. These clowns have to be working off of purchased lists with outdated information. They aren't going to spend any additional money to track you down. They want the "easy kills" first. The only current information they have on me other than a phone number is my place of employment and my home address, most of which could be found through basic Google searches. Take out one contact number and you force them to use another. They won't mail you anything - their grasp of the English language is such that no one would ever take them seriously which is why they resort to threatening phone calls. Some guy with a thick accent calling you about a crime is much scarier than a letter that reads like one of those Nigerian scams!
Changing your one personal number leaves them with only one option - calling your employer. Get your employer on your side and they as a business can take the matter to the police if calls continue there. Most businesses can put a block on certain numbers calling them and through the phone company force callers to show their Caller ID. The crooks also know that if the police do get involved, a trace can be put on the line which would allow the authorities to pinpoint where the calls are originating from - VoIP or not. From there, the information can be passed on to the FBI.
So, force them to play their hand. Change your home / wireless number that they are calling. Make them call you at work. (After you get your employer on the same page) Harassment at the work place will be taken far more seriously, and with your employer's help can be documented by the proper authorities and actions taken to remedy the situation.
Don't be a victim.
Oh, it's not:
210 South Siere St.
Citrus Height, CA 95621
It's South Sierra St.
However, that address is false. : )
This group has been calling me for about 3 months now. They call my home and my employer threatening legal action on a loan that I never received. I have been instructed to call a Mr. Thompson at 302-861-0512 on several occasions, but have been told different names for the same number. My attorney has looked into this himself and confirmed that it is, indeed, a scam. If these people contact you, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, give them any information about anything. Do not even confirm the last 4 of your social security number. Simply hang up the phone. Tell them not to contact you again, that you are aware that this is a scam, and hang up. You will continue to get the calls, but at least your financial information will be somewhat safe. Then, contact your local police, state level FBI and state Attorney General. If you have a small recorder handy, tape the phone calls. But you MUST tell them they are being recorded. Keep a record of all of the calls, what number they came from, what number they said to call back, and to whom you should speak. Chances are these guys are never going to be caught, but, on the off chance that they are, we want the authorities to have all the ammo they can use!!! These guys are NOT Americans and what they are doing is NOT legal.
I am glad I looked this information up. I called this number back today and someone answered it and hung up on me. I called again an noone answered.This person with an accent left a message on my government work cell phone and my work voicemail. Thank you for the information regarding this scam, I will contact my Judge I work for and see what can be done.
I got the same call from these jerks. He said his name was Jacob Morris, i could barely understand him becasue his accent was so thick.They actually had the NERVE to call my job. I work for the Austin Police Department and I take reports on this every day. They told him to never call again because I cannot get personal calls, so they left a message on my cell phone. The number they called from was not the number they asked me to call. As soon as the guy with the accent started with the criminal charges I knew he was lying and part of a scam. When I asked him the number for Cashnet he started yelling at me so I started yelling back. I told him that I will see him in court and hung up. I called cashnet to let them know what was going on and they told me to call 866-254-3581 to report them, which I will be doing later today. They had my email address, cell and work number and even knew the name of my bank! I let my supervisor know and I will be making reports on them as well.
Here are the numbers they called from and left:
I GOT A CALL TODAY FROM THESE JERKS AGAIN AND I TOLD THEM TO NEVER CALL MY NUMBER AGAIN AND THE WOMAN GOT SO MAD AND SAID THAT GOD BLESS AND SHE WILL SEE ME IN COURT! THE FIRST TIME I GOT CALLED THEY GOT ME FOR 500 DOLLARS!!! I HAVE PEOPLE WITH ACCENTS NOW AND I WISH I NEVER USED THE COMPUTER! OH WELL WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO!!! NOW I AM SO RUDE THAT I ONLY GET CALLED ABOUT ONCE A DAY!!!!!
I have a similar story Thank God that I looked up this information before I made a payment to these people for over $700.00 and if I did not look at this site I would have been seriously screwed Thank you all for writing this information to help me out.
If they ask you to call (305) 861-0512 do not call it back.
I received a call from a blocked number today, June 23, 2010. A man with a foreign accent was on the line and saying the same things as the other reports. He told me I had to report to court in the morning and was going to be charged because of a loan that I supposedly was given. I barely could hear the man and he did sound like he was reading a script. I told the man that I was busy at the time and could not talk to him. He then gives me this number, 302-861-0512 to call him back as soon as I get home. Instead of calling him back, I googled the number and came across all of these reports that were so similar. The scary part of it all, the man knew my last four of my social security number, my email address, and my job.
I'm getting phone call from the company American Legal Services that they have a
claim againt me for some money that they said I received from Cash Net, I have never
borrowed from Cash Net. I cannot understand him, he talks with a foreign accent and like
he is reading from a script, I can hear other people saying the same thing. He knows my
work number and the last four of my social security number and email and my job.
I received a call from these people today at work. She told me she was calling regarding a court case that was set for tomorrow morning. She wanted to know who my attorney was. I told her that I didn't have one, and she asked who would be representing me. I said "I have no idea what you are talking about", and she wanted to know if I hadn't received any information on this matter. When I said no, she told me she would give me the information. I informed her that I was at work and would have to call her back, and she gave me this phone number 302-861-0512. I decided to google it because I know you have to be summonsed for a court date, so there was something fishy about this. I'm glad I researched it.
This same person just did the same thing to me. Said something about me owing cashnet, and they were bring legal action against me. I have one hour to contact them back to resolve the issue, or they will process the documents. They kept telling me someone would show up and escort me to a court house to resolve this or I would end up in jail. HE gave me a supposed number of cash net, 302-861-0512, I tried, but all it does is ring, and his number 850-254-8883, which rings non stop. Also told me that whatever references I had on the account should be aware too, or they would face charges also..
I am so glad I found this site
A**HOLES GOT ME FOR 640.00. Two guys by the name of David Cooper and the other Mark Harris. I cursed them out and never heard from them again. Regions bank did put the money back into my account!!! FREAKIN JERKS!!!!
A***OLES GOT ME FOR 640.00. Two guys by the name of David Cooper and the other Mark Harris. I cursed them out and never heard from them again. Regions bank did put the money back into my account!!! FREAKIN JERKS!!!!
This Just In...
Consumer Alert: Attorney General warns Kansans of debt collection scam
January 29, 2010 -- Attorney General Steve Six is cautioning Kansas consumers about telephone calls from apparent fake debt collectors who are impersonating law enforcement officers in an effort to extort money from consumers. Consumers are warned to not submit payments to these fraudulent debt collectors.
When calling, the scammers most often state they are attempting to collect a debt related to an internet payday loan obtained by the consumer, but which the consumer never repaid. Consumers state they have never obtained such a loan or paid off the loan years ago. The scam artists have most recently identified themselves as ACS, National Affidavit Processing Department and United Financial Crime Division, but may use additional phony names. It appears the phone numbers used by the scammers are ?spoofed? numbers, so that the number appearing on a consumer?s caller ID is not the actual number of where the call originated. It appears the calls in question may be originating from outside the United States.
When questioned, the individual calling refuses to disclose the full name or address of the collection agency they claim to represent. These scammers have been able to provide consumers with identifying information, such as the consumer?s social security number, home address, e-mail address, names of family members and the consumer?s computer IP address. Since the callers are able to provide valid personal information, consumers may become confused and believe they are being contacted in regard to a legitimate debt.
If the initial debt collection scam is unsuccessful, consumers have been re-contacted months later with the scammers posing as law enforcement officers or officers of the court. Typically, the consumer is threatened with arrest for fraud or some other fictitious crime unless the consumer agrees to immediately wire money via Western Union. The fictitious officers strive to frighten and confuse consumers into compliance by using legal sounding terms such as ?We?re filing an affidavit against you? or by stating a lawsuit has been or is in the process of being filed against the consumer.
A hallmark of each scam has been calling consumers repeatedly at their place of employment. This scam hit home when an employee of the Kansas Attorney General?s Office was repeatedly called both on her cell phone and at work. Despite the employee?s repeated verbal disputes, the caller refused to provide any identifying information to allow her to send a written dispute. The scammer also continued to call her numerous times a day regarding a payday loan she denied obtaining. Two months later, she was again contacted by telephone by an individual identifying himself as an ?officer?.
?I denied owing the debt and refused to pay without being provided validation of the debt. I was then told, ?If that?s the case, I will have local law enforcement come to your place of business and drag you out kicking and screaming?,? stated the employee.
?It is important for consumers to know their rights under the law,? Attorney General Six said. ?If a consumer is receiving calls from a debt collection company and believe it is a scam, I encourage them to contact our office immediately.?
Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), collectors are required to send consumers a written notice within five days of the initial contact. The notification should contain information such as the amount of the debt, the name of the creditor to whom the debt is owed and a statement informing the consumer they have thirty days to contact the debtor in writing to dispute the debt or request validation of the debt. In addition, legitimate debt collectors are prohibited by the FDCPA from making false or misleading representations, such as the consumer has committed a crime, implying nonpayment will result in the consumer?s arrest, or using the threat of violence.
More information is available on the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre27.pdf.
To register a complaint with the Kansas Attorney General?s Consumer Protection Division, call 1(800) 432-2310 or visit www.ksag.org.
Yup, Ben Thompson left me two messages in 10 minutes on Friday the 25th. This is crazy. Pretty much threatening me that I must pay or bad things are going to happen to me.
This is a scam, and honestly am getting sick of them. This is not the first time they have called me. They cannot provide any information about some debt I supposedly owe, just that if I don't pay the $754, I will be arrested in 24 hours at my job. How crazy is that, what kind of place is this?
Whatever you do, don't fall for them.
he saif the same thing and said that if i didn't pay them today, then he was going to tell my company that i was convited of fraud. I said go ahead....tel them. This guy is crazy and needs to be put in behind bars.
This scam was the craziest. A man with a heavy Indian accent called me at work and on my cell to tell me that I was going to be arrested for accepting a loan from some loan company called American loan for over $5000. And rather than the company fully pursuing me for this Felony Act, they would be willing to resolve the matter for $524, but I would have to pay that amount over the phone right then and there.
What was scary is that he had my work #, cell #, last 4 #'s of my ssn, and my mother's maiden name.
The loan allegedly was sent to my BOA account, then they stated they realized they sent too much and tried to reverse this loan but stated that I had already taken this money out of my account.
I was then transferred to an alleged supervisor who was just as crazy as the 1st guy. He began to talk over me and tried to bully me around.I was then advised that the police would be at my job or home by the next day to arrest me.
I advised them both that i watch Clark Howard faithfully every Saturday afternoon and I know that this is a scam. I then asked them to hold the line and that I was driving directly to the police department to report them.
They hung Up!!
I am in contact with the Credit Bureau and my bank..
I then advised them
I am a consumer who has become a victim of fraud by a supposed "Angelima Parker" and others. On Monday, May 3rd, at around 9:00 a.m. (MST), I was left a message on my answering service at my job as well as on my cell phone by a gentleman at the following number: (302) 861-0512. After speaking to a gentleman with a foreign accent, I learned that I was supposedly being brought up on criminal charges concerning a short-term loan and that these charges would be brought to court on Tuesday, May 4th. It seemed like the gentleman was reading from a script and he was hard to understand. I asked him several times to repeat the information that he was giving me. In frustration, I asked the gentleman to transfer me to a manager. I was then transferred to "Angelima Parker" and told to submit two letters with all of my banking information and that the charges would be cleared. I noticed that I had a hard time understanding what she was saying and I had to ask her several times to repeat the information that she was giving me because I could not understand her. I submitted the information fearing that I would have a criminal record and that my credit would be affected. I could not leave work to verify any information at the time of the call, so when I asked for the name of the company she gave me the name AMERICAN LEGAL SERVICES. The amount that was taken from my checking account was $650.77. I was sent an email from email@example.com stating that this company is a processor for www.sscollect.com and that the ?purchase? was completed.
I called "American Legal Services" back on Wednesday, May 5th at around 11:00 a.m. (MST) at (302)861-0512 to request the address of the company to send correspondence. At first, I was directed to the ?manager? at the following number: (552) 687-8861. Upon calling this number, I was then directed to another number: (512) 687-8867. I spoke to another woman with a foreign accent and she told me that the ?manager? was in a meeting. I noticed that the connection was very bad, and I had to ask the woman to repeat herself several times. When I finally was connected to a person, I had to verbally fight with the gentleman to get the address. Finally, he gave me the following address:
210 South Ciere St.
Citrus Heights, CA 95621
I then called back a few minutes later and fought to get the address from the same gentle man. I was given the following address:
210 South Siere St.
Citrus Height, CA 95621
I judged from the difficulty in obtaining an address that I had become a victim of fraud based on my personal identity. Later on that evening, I called the Gilbert Police Department and filed a report with Officer Prather (report number # 10-00000-7979). In taking action to prevent additional transactions on my account by this company, I closed the debit card account in question at my bank on May 6th. When I discovered that the transaction had gone through on May 7th, I called my bank to file a fraud claim as directed on May 6th. I am filing this complaint with the Arizona Attorney General in an attempt to identify and prosecute the company in question.