I got a call from these folks. First I told him I was not the person he was looking for and he said "Ok, we will take your name off the list. Sorry to bother you."
Now they are rude and screaming that they are from the attorney generals office.... I use to work for the legislator of a southern state, I know a few things about how that works. So now, anytime I am not doing anything, I call them from a google voice number. Don't know why google voice...they have my real number. But still yet, I have called them about 40 times and just let the voicemail go until it cuts off. Sometime I ramble on about things, but the goal is to use up all of their space and drive them nuts. They are using a voice over IP, I use those at my work, and I doubt they have that much space and it still takes time to delete the message regardless of how much they listen, and its not taking any of my time. They have countless voicemails of me at work, me typing, and if I'm talking to someone at work, I just put the phone on mute so no accidental info gets recorded on their end. Typing this, I have called them 3 times. If everyone did this, we would flood the lines so quickly their VOIP phones would get jammed.
Good luck to everyone,
I keep getting the same calls and not sure what to do I have a 7 yr old daughter and the guy starts talking crap as soon as someone picks up the phone using profanity and saying that I'm gonna tort in jail and they are ginna do bad stuff tonne there. I'm do annoyed and font know what to do
Got a phone call from a officer Sean Miller badge #S3836 from the Miami Florida police department telling me that they had issued a warrant for my arrest due to me peeing one click cash -$250.00. I don't know the company & nor do I have a loan with them.
This company called my phone # repeated until I answered. Then when I finally did, tried to tell me he was with for Attorney General of Pennsylvania and that I owed some company $300 from something in April. He new my bank info and my ss #. When I asked who he worked for he kept repeating his name. He finally gave me someone elses name and finally gave me the phone #. When I called the number back it went to someones answering machine - definitely NOT the Attorney General of Pennsylvania!
This number keep callin me I dont understand what they saying
this number keeps calling and i can not understand what is being said. who is it and what do they want?
These idiots have been calling and calling, they even left a message that they were from the State attorney's office and that I wold be prosecuted. Prior to that, another caller left the message that since I'm receiving VA disability, they would make sure that my wheelchair was repossessed. The biggest problem that I have, is when you call law enforcement, there's nothing that they can do. And of course the guy on the other end of the phone is Indian (as in the country, NOT Native American)
Same call received as described by others here commenting. My question is: how did they manage to get my info from pay day loans. I inquired of a loan, filled out the app online but never executed the loan. Now I receive about 20 calls a day on my cell and at work. I picked up the phone today and spoke to the idiot calling. He told me I will be arrested at work before 12 noon, he said his name was officer Jeff Black from the attorney general's office and he told me my social and told me I had an arrest warrant out for me and I will be arrested by 12 noon. I stopped the caller then in mid sentence and told him he sounded like he had an education level of a 4 yr old and I asked if he had a loaded diaper. He said "Sir, what is a loaded diaper?". I replied, "It's when, as a child, you take a crap in your diaper and you sit there basically before mommy or daddy find out basically sitting their with a crap in your pants, sitting on a piece of sh$t". Then I told him I have an arrest warrant out for him (I really didn't, I am not a representative in law enforcement but I was laughing so hard at the way his voice sounded I couldn't help myself) and then I told him his office is being tracked by America's Central Intelligence Agency and they were monitoring the call. I asked him to keep calling me because it helps to track down his location overseas. Then I told him I would like to punch his face into the back of his skull. That's when the "Officer Black" came out of character and, in an Indian accent said "You mother F#%*!!er" I'll teach you a lesson, etc. etc. "FU" he said and hung up. Well, they (he, officer black) didn't call back yet. All joking aside, these Indians need to be tracked and we need to cooperate apply some diplomatic pressure on India local to that area in India to nail these guys and have Indian authorities bring them down. Some diplomacy with India's Consulate here in the US, can anyone comment in a position to comment on what is being done to stop this. Having an airing on ABC obviously didn't stop the calls as I received one (out of the 1000 or so I have received these last 2 months) hasn't stopped them.
they call and said that my ssn has been red taged and that if i don't call back i will be arrested
I receive a call from a James Hudson stating that a law suit was placed on my name and I need to pay 300 dallor today or pay 3000 dallors in court, he placed his supervisor on Jeff Matthew and stated that my credit was so bad that I would need to pay 100 dallor by friday and 200 dallors by the end of month. I took all of the information and then made contact with the sheriff department who later told me to report it to comsumer support Services and I'm waiting for them to call back. The guy called me on my job.
Good thing i didnt fall for it. i changed my bank acct num as a precation. Save there number in your phone and set the ringtone as silent cause they call so many times of day even night it gets annyoing
I've been getting several calls a day from this number, asking for different people. Some are names I recognize as being part of my organization, some are not. The message is always the same, they're going to send the cops out here to arrest the person they are calling for. I haven't seen the cops yet. Now, I just answer and say bring it.
Hello, I have been recieving the same type of calls, is there any truth to this?
This number keeps calling sometimes they anser other times not and sometimes they leave a msg claiming to be officer so and so can not understand him, he speaks some other language and I can not undestand what he is saying..says he is an officer ... from attorney generals office.
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.
They said they were the federal crime investegator that i never paid a 300dollar loan if i dnt pay him the 300 dollars now i wil get subena and will end up paying 3000dollars and that my bank account n credit cards wil get sezid. i told him ill b waiting on a subena. and the guy knew all my information.
Not sure who this is but calls like 10 times within two minutes. Answered it once but no one was on the other end. Demon dialer, maybe?