I received a phone call, from a Mr. McNeilson,out of some agency in Florida, to inform me that 2 days from now the police will come to my house to arrest me. He said it was for an unpaid debt to American Payday. This man sounded like he was from India or somewhere foreign. He would not give me any information like the day the supposed deposit was made into my account or any phone numbers or names. I had tried to call the number back and got no answer, just a busy signal all afternoon. Tonight, someone called from that number again. It was an American woman who said she has gotten many calls from numbers she doesn't know, but said no one had said anything like what I had gone through. She sounded legit. I keep reading about these scams that sound like what happened to me. This man didn't ask me to pay right then, but to have $5,000 to pay when I go to court. This is so scary. What am I supposed to do? Thanks for any help!
I received a threatening call fron the Worthless Check&Fraud Unit if South Flordia a man named Brandon Jacobs called me from 1-305-914-0245 and then i spoke 2 Megan who stated she was the senior person on my case(what case is that) and that if i didn't oay $905.80 by 3:30pm today they would file me in court and issue a warrant for my arrest thus not true i talked 2 a criminal atty and all they can do is file papers in court i am gng 2 report them 2 bbb and ftc, fdcrpa
PLEASE REPORT TO THE FTC IF YOU ARE VICTIMIZED (www.ftc.gov)
Over the past three weeks all weekdays and Saturdays multiple hours during the day and after 9:00pm from Monday, January 30, 2010 until February 20, 2012, a common friend of ours? has been receiving calls from a male with an African-American speech inflection threatening an affidavit has been filed against my wife for writing bad checks and owing a 'Pay-Day' loan. The male refused to identify himself during his 20+ threatening and intimidating calls, only providing an account number and phone number (305-914-6728). My wife returned the phone call on February 17, 2012 during the afternoon to this unnamed individual in order to end the harassment to our friend, a third-party with no affiliation to any of these matters. The receiver of the call told my wife he represents WOOD FOREST (WOOD FOREST is a fictitious name), refused to give his name, told my wife he was dispatching the police to our house, said to my wife that its her 'a** is in a sling, lady!', demanded a payment of $900.00 over the phone, refused to provide an address and refused to send any documents via post to our address yet offered to email the information, before refusing to take the information and hanging-up on my wife. We remained in fear my wife was going to jail for fraudulent allegations. Fortunately, that never transpired. I began researching these individuals via the internet and calling the provided phone number during non-business hours. The answering service associated with the aforementioned phone number is associated with AMY GRANT, INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT, SOUTH FLORIDA GROUP. Other associated numbers include: 305-964-9434 and 305-918-4670 and 786-528-0314. According to internet searches revealing the illegal, unethical and deleterious practices of this company, it appears other individuals associated with South Florida Group are: MICHAEL SHAW, BRIAN MERCER, CATHERINE STREIN, SAMANTHA TAYLOR, THOMAS PIERCE and JOHN MONTGOMERY, all of whom reportedly employed the same tactics with other citizens to extort monies either illegally or in direct violation of the FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT. Other additional phone numbers include: (866) 629-9947, (888) 472-6781, (888) 313-9572, Through further research, it appears South Florida Group is an affiliation of BRONSTEIN, SHAW & ASSOCIATES (888) 701-0360, aka JENKINS, SHAW & ASSOCIATES (877) 863-5647, aka BRONSTEIN, SHAW & ASSOCIATES, INC., 814 KENMORE AVENUE, BUFFALO NY 14216. The individuals appearing to be affiliated with these 'law groups' are: MR. JONES (877) 863-5647 x493, fax (716) 691-3939 and MR. MYERS (888) 701-0360 x475, fax (716) 873-2700, RENEE WILLIAMS (888) 701-0360 x473 and MR. STONE (716) 533-1569. It appears JOSEPH STONE aka JOSEPH MARLETTE (716) 533-1569 is the owner/CEO. From research, it appears Mr. Stone (aka Marlette), also, owns and runs collection agency: ICS (INTERSTATE CHECK SYSTEMS, INC., 15 HAZELWOOD DRIVE, #102, AMHERST NY 14226, (888) 358-1120, (888) 832-9845, (877) 230-2988, (716) 691-2472 and fax (716) 691-2440.) Reportedly, it appears ICS employees (RAY PADILLA, SHAWN MICHAELS and JIM DOUGLASS x335)utilize the same illegal collection tactics, and litigation and arrests alleging fraud in the State of New York exists regarding affiliates and constituents of ICS (according to some reports, this agency has been shut-down by governmental interventions.) It appears Interstate Check Systems is an entity of Northtown Capital & Associates. Northtown's web site is: http://www.northtowncap.com. Northtown's address and location is (same as Interstate Check Systems): 15 Hazelwood Drive, Suite 102, Amherst, NY 14228 - Phone: 888.358.1120 - Fax: 716.691.2122 Corporate filings found at: http://appsext8.dos.state.ny.us/corp_public/corpsearch.entity_search_entry Selected Entity Status Information Current Entity Name: INTERSTATE CHECK SYSTEMS INC. Initial DOS Filing Date: NOVEMBER 16, 2009 County: NIAGARA Jurisdiction: NEW YORK Entity Type: DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION Current Entity Status: ACTIVE Selected Entity Address Information DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity) INTERSTATE CHECK SYSTEMS INC. 3047 MAPLE ROAD NEWFANE, NEW YORK, 14108 Registered Agent SPIEGEL & UTRERA PA PC 1 MAIDEN LANE 5TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10038 Current Entity Name: NORTHTOWN CAPITAL & ASSOCIATES INC. Initial DOS Filing Date: OCTOBER 23, 2009 County: ERIE Jurisdiction: NEW YORK Entity Type: DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION Current Entity Status: ACTIVE Selected Entity Address Information DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity) NORTHTOWN CAPITAL & ASSOCIATES INC. 1 MAIDEN LANE 5TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10038 Registered Agent SPIEGEL & UTRERA P.A. P.C. 1 MAIDEN LANE 5TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10038 Additional Corporate filings show: Selected Entity Status Information Current Entity Name: BRONSTEIN, SHAW & ASSOCIATES, INC. Initial DOS Filing Date: FEBRUARY 28, 2011 County: ERIE Jurisdiction: NEW YORK Entity Type: DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION Current Entity Status: ACTIVE Selected Entity Address Information DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity) BRONSTEIN, SHAW AND ASSOCIATES, INC. 814 KENMORE AVENUE BUFFALO, NEW YORK, 14216 Registered Agent SPIEGEL & UTRERA PA PC 1 MAIDEN LANE 5TH FLOOR NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10038 This scam, perpetrated by these entities, is far-reaching and preys on those, such as my wife and I, who are attempting to find stable-footing, again, in life through responsible and reputable means. All of the aforementioned individuals and entities are, reportedly and experientially, are violating laws, complicit involvement in illegal scams, willfully and knowingly, thereby harming and injuring unsuspecting and innocent victims, such as my wife and I, by their intentional acts, aiding and abetting extortion through fraudulent practices and are in direct violation of the FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT.
This is part of a network of 'debt collector's who employee ILLEGAL DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES, to include: PHYSICAL THREATS, LYING, CURSING, THREATS OF LEGAL ACTION, INTIMIDATION AND EXTORTION for actual or unsubstantiated debt. If yoi receive a call from any other the individuals listed below, lease contact the FTC (www.ftc.gov) immediately!!!! All actions of these individuals are punishable by law and in direct violation of the FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT.
These individuals will call from these numbers, representing the 'collection agency':
-South Florida Group
-Bronstein, Shaw & Associates
-Jenkins, Shaw & Associates
-Bronstein, Shaw & Associates, Inc.
814 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo NY 14216
-Spiegel & Utrera, P.A., P.C.
1 Maiden Lane, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Sorry about all the mis-spelled words Im using my phone and auto-correct thinks it knows what I want to say..lol
My mother received a call from a different number 305-918-4076 and was told she owed money from a heyday loan they said she did online over 5 years ago..It sound suspicious to me from the beginning as they didn't even have her correct address at that time...I started asking many questions and they were getting very upset and angry and told me that she had to pay $995 that day or it would be taken to court and an arrest warrant would be issued in our state of Indiana...I then asked to spark with the attorney and they gave me a different number but the attorneys name was Brandon Jacobs (who by the way is the RB fir New York Giants) but don't bother calling cause he was in court...I called anyway and when he answered he said Hello and again when I started asking questions he got irate and hung up phone...I called the Florida states attorney generals office and made a complaint..as did online...well today they called my aunt again leaving a message for my mother, when returned phone call I went on to tell "Branding Jacobs" I knew he was a fraud and con-artist and he told me too lol up Jenkins Shaw and Associates online e, which I did! It is a bogus website and the phone number was 786-528-0314 all the numbers are connected to the same thugs trying to take peoples money...I've done research and was assured by State Attorney General this is bogus.....DO NOT GIVE THESE PEOPLE ANY OF YOUR INFO!! And file a complaint with Florida attorney General please!!! Also yesterday they told me they were from the Fraudulent and Worthless Check division of the federal govt, there is no such thing!! Good Luck to everyone and maybe if we make enough calls we can get them shut down
I have been receiving calls from 786-528-0314 and his name is Michael Shaw & he ststaed he has a warrant for my arrest on his desk. He even told me on my voicemail that @ 3pm the warrant was coming to my town & now I losing weight & called in to work 2days behind this.
I have gotten several calls from this number. The man is saying he is holding a warrant for my arrest & will be sending it to my hometown. He has als called out all of my ex-husbands name. I am so scared that I have called into work 2days can someone tell me what to do
I just received a call from The South Florida Group from a man name Brian Mercer. They said that they were a federal agency that was issuing arrest warrants for bad checks on a close bank accounts. I cussed them out and hung up on them!
I recieved the same message the same way you replied. I think it is a fraud also. I am not going to pay. They called my job and left this number 305-914-7121 for me to call. Then I have another number 305-964-9369 or 786-528-0314.
Got a call from this same number 786-528-0314 but they said they were from South Florida Group and they were investigators from the worthless check and fraud division. Michael Shaw was the guy's name and he said I was going to jail too. I hung up on him and he called me right back and continued to threaten me. What a jerk! Glad I'm not eldery or very young because anyone could be frightened by this. I mean, come on, how can you just make up a bad check? Oh well, don't be afraid of these people because they are not following the law as far as debt collection. Morgan & Morgan will shut these harassers up!
Collection agency or law firm? that threatens to turn (not paid) payday loans into bad checks and have people arrested. They state loud and clear that "You are going to jail." Last I knew this is against the law for debt collectors to do. I will be reporting them to the proper government agencies and my personal lawyer.
Confused at Christmas
I received a message from a woman regarding a past payday loan from over 3 years ago. They called everyone in my family and left messages that they were trying to reach me and that I had to call before the end of the day or 2 warrants would be issued for me and that a complaint was on the docket to be released to the State Attorney's office that afternoon if I did not return the call. I did call and spoke with the young lady. She said they were trying to resolve this for me before it went to the State Attorney's office.
She said I owed over a $1,000 and that that would be reduced if I paid that day. I could not so she asked me to hold as she checked with the attorney to see if they could wait one week before releasing the complaint. This only took a couple of minutes. She came back and said that they could wait a week. I was told if I didn't pay this was considered a "bad check" because it was across state lines - even though it is not really a check - that I would be arrested at my workplace or home or I could turn myself in. She requested my debit card number to make the withdraw. I do not want to not pay what I owe if I truly do owe this, which I don't think I do - but something doesn't sound right about this and when I requsted to have something sent to me in writing - she said they would once the payment was received and cleared. Does anyone know anything about this group or how I can find out if it is legitimate?