I just got a call from this guy. He said that there was a pending case against me and that I could pay or they would start court proceedings. I told him that accourding to the General Attorneys office I needed his address which is 922 Roman Rd., Richmond, VA 23434, and that I needed a written valadation notice of my debt. He told me that if I didn't pay I would loose me benefits. I told him that I still would not continue the conversation or pay any debt without a valadaton notice. He said he was going to contact the autorities and my state and take away my benifits. I told him sounds good and he hung up on me!!!
BRIAN K. STRAMASKI
Still getting these calls, like evertone else. They call my job every other week. They leave messages that they are going to arrest me at work and put a hold on my soc. sec. number. Always someone with a indian acsent and many American names.
One leg of this extortion scam was shut down several weeks ago:
Even scam artists are outsourcing. On Tuesday in its first crackdown on fraudulent telemarketing in South Asia, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it was shutting down two California-based companies that used a call center in India to defraud Americans out of more than $5 million over the past two years.
Workers in India made threatening calls to Americans getting them to pay money on debts that they didn't owe, the FTC charges. At an FTC press conference in Chicago on Tuesday, fraud victim JanLaree DeJulius explained that she had received a call from someone claiming to be an enforcement officer from the (phony) "Federal Department of Crime and Prevention," who threatened to have her arrested and have her wages garnished if she didn't pay a bill of more than $730. The scam artists had gotten her name and information from a payday loan her ex-husband had taken out in her name.
"It was very embarrassing," Dejulius said. "He knew everything about me so I agreed to set up an installment." She is not alone. According to the FTC, more than 8 million calls were made since 2010 and at least 17,000 transactions processed across the United States related to the global scam.
On Tuesday under request from the FTC, a U.S. District Court in Chicago stopped the international operation, charging Varang K. Thaker and two companies he owned, American Credit Crunchers, LLC, and an affiliate Ebeeze, LLC, with violating the FTC Act and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
"This is a brazen operation based on pure fraud, and the FTC is committed to shutting it down," said David Vladeck, director of the FTC's consumer protection bureau. "Consumers should not be pressured into paying debt they don't remember owing. Legitimate debt collectors must provide consumers with both written information about the debt, and instructions for protecting themselves if they don't think they owe the debt."
According to the FTC's charges, Thaker used Social Security numbers and bank account numbers obtained from payday lenders to identify the victims for his scam. He outsourced the work to an Indian call center, where workers made threatening calls to American consumers to pay fake debt or collect on bills for which they were not authorized.
Thaker was not available when contacted by telephone on Tuesday. A woman who claimed to be Thaker's older sister and asked not to be named for privacy reasons said he is working with the FTC to help the Indian government pursue the fraudster call center operators. She also said he was innocent in the scam. "He was being used by somebody. He didn't even know where they got the information," she told The Huffington Post by phone. She said that her brother got 10 percent of the earnings from the scam operation.
The FTC charges against Thaker are the latest in a series of police actions by the government agency to put an end to rogue debt collection operations that have become more frequent in the aftermath of the Great Recession. In January, the FTC struck a $2.5-million settlement with debt-buying company Asset Acceptance, LLC, charging that the company had falsely represented itself to customers, including making up phantom debts that customers no longer owed. Last October, the FTC filed a complaint against seven other fraudulent debt collectors, alleging that they had engaged in the same techniques -- demanding money from customers who owed nothing at all.
The growing number of Americans who are unable to pay their bills has meant there are more companies looking to profit from their economic difficulties.
Debt collectors have been taking more aggressive tactics as fewer people are able to make ends meet or are in a cycle of debt. More than 30 million Americans are in debt collection, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since 2010, more than 4,000 complaints have been filed with the FTC and state attorneys general about fraudulent debt collection calls, the FTC said.
Charles Junitkka, a personal bankruptcy attorney who represents clients in the New York City area, said, "In the last few years, the desperation of the collectors and their efforts have intensified because of the economy."
This story has been updated to reflect comment from a woman who says she is the sister of Varang Thaker. Thaker himself was unavailable for comment.
I got a call from Shawn Rogers saying I owed $645 for a payday loan I never paid back. And told me that if I didn't pay I was going to have fraud charges brought against me. And I would loose my disability payments. I was soooo scared. Even knowing that I never got any money I paid it because I was afraid of loosing my monthly income. I had applied to several payday loan places and was denied. So I was stupid for paying. Hopefully this helps someone else so they are not out hundreds of dollars! it came out of my bank account listed as BINISH Inc with the phone number (732)593-7353
I received a call and he stated that I was being sued for fraud and had the last four digits of my social security number. I stated if this was true I would have been notified by mail and from a law firm that would identify themselves and hung up. He then called back and left a threatening message.
These people called my employee this morning. After her hanging up in tears I asked her what was wrong. She told me that she was going to be arrested for taking out a payday loan if she didn't pay back the loan by 5 pm today, but she assured me she never took out any such loan. Me being a bit savy with FDCPA, I called this number back and told them that
I was calling on behalf of my hysterical employee. I spoke to a man with a very thick "indianish" accent. I had requested a copy of the loan contract, and any other documentation that may help my employee track down the" fraudulent" charge. I then realized that I was not dealing with a reputable company as the man started to call me names, saying that I was "stupid" for helping "Jane Doe", and demanded to speak to her again. I told him that I needed the name of his company and a mailing or physical address, he refused. Then the games began.. He called our place of employment over 2 dozen times demanding to speak to my employee. He called me every name imaginable after repeated attempts to speak to his "debtor". I refused to let him speak to her and told him I was calling the police, that's when the phone calls to our POE ended. Hope this helps and they catch these b*****ds.
All This is a SCAM I have been getting these calls too this what happened to me...
I received a call today stating that I had received a loan from an online company CashAdvanceUSA in December of 2011 for the amount of $300.00 which I never paid back (I never received this loan nor did I request it.) The first man that I spoke with was (I assume) Indian and I couldn?t understand him, I got (what I think) his name was Alan Stewart. I was asking a lot of questions and it was loud in the background the man Alan got frustrated and handed the phone to another man. The man said he was Alan?s supervisor and I asked his name, he said David Zyaes. He went on to tell me his company DSS which is not a recovery service is going to charge me with 3 federal check and fraud charges if I don't pay restitution in the amount of $525.00 for a loan of $300.00. I told him that I did not received a loan from his company and that I needed to look at my bank account statements to see what he was talking about. I went into my bank account and looked at all my bank statements dating back to November 2011 for a deposit and I did not EVER have anything deposited to my account. The man said that I have a choice that I can pay him $525 in restitution and not be charged or I can go to court. I said that I was not going to get charged with something that I didn?t do and that this is blackmail. He said that he doesn?t like to use that word, its restitution. I asked for his company information told him that I would pay the $525 and them sue his company for the money because I don?t owe them money. He yelled at me telling me that I am on a federally recorded line and if I am going to threaten to sue him he doesn?t want my money they will take me to court. I said when do I pay and he said I can pay on the 22nd of February in the amount of $157.50, again on 7th of March in the amount of $183.50, on the 7th of April in the amount of $183.50. He said that he needed my debit card number. I said no I?m not going to give you that and if he had my account number why didn?t he just debit it and he said no he needed my debit card number. Again I said no, and he said that I could go to Walmart and get a prepaid card and go he will call me back and get the account number. He also said that I will need to get have a fax that I can fax information to and complete a global funds form. I asked again for his company info that he wouldn?t provide me but he gave me a phone # number of 804-318-5473 X6363 case file number G250124929. He told me that he was located in VA in the first part of the conversation but he later said West VA and then I asked again and he said VA and was clearly frustrated yelling ? I said VA? and quickly changed the subject. He said that he would call me on the 21st of February to remind me and the 22nd to get the prepaid card number. When the call came into my phone it showed up as a 804 number but when I looked at my call log it said UNKNOWN. We were disconnected 2 times during our conversation and David immediately called me back. I later called the number he provided me and it was a voice mail to a random person not David and not his company. I left a message for David to return my call.
In addition, to contacting the Special Actions Team, followed up this attempt by going online to CashAdvanceUSA who had the following disclaimer on their site:
?Important Notice*SCAM DISCLAIMER: CashAdvanceUsa.net will never contact you to collect funds or ask about the status of your loan account. If you've been contacted by a representative claiming to collect funds on behalf of Cash Advance USA, please contact StopFraud.gov or your local law enforcement office with any information on the fraudulent request. If contacted, please do not disclose your personal or financial information. Thank you for your cooperation.?
Make sure that you report this to FTC.gov and STOPFraud.gov.
I have received over 40 calls in a 24 hour period here are the number that I have been called from:
804-318-5373 VA #
917-398-9770 NY #
2126005177 Kenya #
818-309-1004 CA #
254300009501 Morocco #
They will not stop... It seems that they have prepaid phones that they call from. Keep reporting this.
I got a Restricted call and this is the number they left on my voice mail. The next time I received a Restricted call, I answered it." Vin Shephard", with a very thick indian accent told me he was calling from DFF. When I called him out on the "fraudulent crime" he immediately told me his supervisor was handling my case. I told him if he truly had a "case" against me, he could mail me the paperwork. The supervisor got on the line and started screaming at me calling me "criminal. I hung up on him. These people are scamers, I have had these types of calls before. If you tell them to send you documentation, they usually leave you alone. Then, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
this guys is an a***ole
He's called my cell and home phone repeatedly just now and is as nasty as he can be. How do we stop these calls?
I received a call from this number. They told me they would sue me and throw me in the slammer. They also said this will affect my credit score. I hung up. And they leave me voicemail after voicemail. Why? Because they are LIARS, THIEVES, and SCAMMERS!!! I have better things to worry about than scammers trying to get personal information from me.
Here is some information that I think you could use-someone on whocallsme compiled everything he could find out about extortionist debt collectors, including how the government handles complaints about them, what your rights are and how to defend yourself, and posted it under 8043185476 (?Scam? 23 Dec 11).
Also, if you have a security dept. at work, I would let them know about the calls and see if they can block them. If the calls are being made to your phone, see my post on whocallsme under 3059182338.
A man with a strong indian accept keeps calling my office number stating his name is Brock Connor with an investigation department and is stating I will go to jail if I do not pay a large sum of money.
I keep getting the same calls saying they are from DFF and that i have stolen money, but i can take care of it out of court. When i told them to take me to court he got very hostile. They call from different numbers. He might as well said his name was "John Doe". They pick the most generic american names. Give me a break!!!!
oh he leaves msg on my wifes phone but when i pick up he calls me all kinds of names and s*** this dirty sand n****r is goin down currently searching for everything to eliminate his phone even callin her work number
I got a similar phone call. Curious at first because they said they were with the federal government. The thing that got me was, after listening very hard to try to understand their accent, when I asked there names they told me Jim Smith and James Brown............how stupid do they think people are. I told them to send me their literature and documentation. Obviously I received nothing.
Collection calls to the workplace are not illegal under federal law, though anyone at the PoE can revoke call permission on the alleged debtor's behalf. The threats of litigation and arrest are of course serious violations, not that you'll get these Indian/P*** thugs in front of an American judge.
First of it is against the law for debt collectors to call you at work so it should buzz in your had and say scam no your rights people they call me every day stating to pay them or there sending the police yada yada yada and the names they give is a dead give away john peters joe blow this is what you can do ether change your number i know its hard for work so set up a google voice for your self make a bogas voice saying hi this is steve u reached me at the office have your employeer transfer the call to that i have a million calls from them on there hope this helps people be aware of fraud
there nothing you can do it is a SCAM report them to your local fbi do NOT give them money when they call just tell them you reported to the fbi and hang up do not become a victom of fraud !
Short of changing your phone number, you must just keep hanging up or not answering if you can see caller ID. Obviously don't give out your SSAN to ANYONE and don't fall for anything that sounds too good to be true. Do not become a victim. To learn more about the latest scams and frauds go to our site which is WWW.FBI.GOV or another good site is: www.LooksTooGoodToBeTrue.com. Hope this helps you out.
"officer John Taylor" called me about ten times and then called my job...suddenly when he realized he was calling a police dept he dropped the "officer" from his name. He did give my
My social which is scary but it only proves he is more fraudulent then just trying to get money from innocent people. They get offended when you tell them their lying and suddenly go from upstanding immigrants to ignorant. They have been doing this for years, tx, ca, fl, and now virgina. I've tried to catch them. I will one day!
This morning when I got to work, I started receiving numerous phone calls from this number on my cell. I didn't answer any of them so he started calling my work. He got very nasty with me and my boss. He said he was from the department of financial security and that I had a lawsuit against me because Cash Advance put money in my account and then couldn't get the payment. I immediately called my bank and the police and didn't hear back from him. There has to be a way to find out who is doing this and stop them. He said his name was "Edward". I'd like to get my hands around "Edwards" neck.
I got a phone call from this number and wanted money from me. Threatend me that if i dont pay right now that i would get arrested my mom called back told them how it was going to be the guy said dont worry he would fix the problem he asked her if she was married she said none of your business he kept calling her darling said his name was derrick rain and said he was going to call her after he got off of work this went from her telling him off to him hitting on her i guess she will be getting all future calls
This man claims to have a law suit filed on my social calls my job it's absolute crazy he needs to be stopped he has Indian accent and gets louder when u call him out about him not being truthful
I have been recieving calls from this number quite a number of times, they have contacted people I have used as references and told them that I have committed fraud or have been reported to them for fraud. The man had an indian or pakistanian accent and had a lot of information about me including bank information and employer information. He said the name of his company was DFF at least that is what I could deciffer through his accent. Has there been any more people also contacted by this number?
This indian accent man has called my office probably 25 times today. Says his name is Wyn Shepard. He will not go away. He went from telling me he loved me to threatening me.
I got a call too. A person with a very bad accent kept calling about a former employer threading me that if I didn't give him information, it would ruin my company's refutation (although he could barely pronounce "reputation". Very crude, very obnoxious.!!!!!!!!!!!!
He calls repeatedly and is told to stop calling and will not do so . Very foreign sounding person.
Needs to go away
Hey I was wandering how did you handle dealing with Brandon he does the same thing to me calls me all day at work and on my cell How did you get him to stop. I'm getting into trouble at work and this man wont quite.
Actually the same guy Brandon Lawrence called me I was wandering if I could sue him for harrassement
I have been getting the same phone calls. They call me over 60 times a day harrase me at work all day long claim they have a right to call me at work they call the receptionists as well as me all kinds of names just disrespectful. I have filed chapter 13 and wanted to add this in and they told me I couldnt put this bill in there. They argue with me every time I get on the phone they told me if I don't give them money they will send officers to arrest me. So I'm wandering what I can do about them and get them to stop.