I was sucked into this scam and gave them a lot of money...then they sold my account to someone. So, I turned the tables on them and threatened to call my ATTORNEY...so they gave me a cancellation of debt letter. I still have everything, I should've sued the pants off of this company...Michelle Stevens called my employer and said they were serving me with a warrant. I was EMBARRASSED! Anyway, John Russo had my case and SAID he was an attorney...I believed him. Don't fall for their tricks like I did.
you people are all idiots, pay your bills when you take them out and these people won't call you plain and simple. you losers make me sick, whining about how people "harrass" you, sack up and take responsibility for your actions, and DVA is out of business now, so good luck filing anything on them you deadbeats
I had paid Dunbarr Verde & Associates 650.00 for a loan they said I had in collections. They were to send me a final statement showing it was paid in full I never received it and I am getting at least four calls a day from a a 696 328 2030 saying he is from a Legal Associates saying i owe them money.
USE YOUR COMMON SENSE
You have to stop giving people over the phone your personal info, you give them any info and then they sell that to someone else. If there were any summons or processor coming for you, they do not contact you over the phone first. In Texas where I am from, the local Constable's office serves you with court summons. The is an illegal scam they are running, they are merely debt collectors posing as lawyers and process servers. They scare you into thinking that you will be arrested and try to force you into entering a payment arrangement. Once you have payed that money and then realize that they are not legit, your money is gone and no refund will be coming your way. The company that contacted me today was calling from 216-759-3315 and I refused to give the any info and refused to write down or call their 1-800#, I told them that if anyone needed to contact me that they could call me directly. The man hung up and then moments later and woman called and told me to sit on a d***....when you call the number back, it says that the magic jack customer you are trying to reach cannot be located. The name of the company is Dan Barr Verde Associates, they are just a collection company not a lawyers office. Their website is danbarrverde.com, which suprisingly is under construction. PLEASE do not ba afraid of these people. They use to be called NCO Financial and told me last year (yes last year) that they were on the way to my house to serve me. I told them I was outside waiting and asked where she was. She did not even know the name of the town she was in...that's because they are located in Cleveland, OH. DO NOT answer their questions, DO NOT give out your information, and whatever you do-DO NOT give them any money or banking info. I have contacted the local FBI Scam Complaint, BBB and may contact a lawyer. Enough said.
Chances are, these collectors are not licensed in your state to collect. In my state (New Mexico) it is a 4th degree felony to collect without a license. Know your rights! Report them to your state licensing board, the BBB and your state AG office.
Just got off the phone with these ***********'s.
First she identified herself as 'Corporate office" , when asked if this was Danbar Verde and Assocs. she denied it. Would not identify the company. Asked for rick Allen..put on hold...came back that she needed my # to help me find him.
I asked again for a company name and was then told DV and associates. when I called her on her previous statement of not knowing who Danbar Verde she said she just 'misunderstood me'.
Folks ... these are scammers and liars of the first order.
Starting a suit against them ...let's all join in.... contact your attny gen office
I am so upset, I just got home from work to find a call on my answering machine from this man calling himself Rick Allen at 951-637-9466. It was very threatening and scary. My 10 year old daughter received the message before I got home from work and was very scared. When I dialed the number back they told me they were the Court System and I was over reacting to the extremely demanding and mean message left. On top of that it was for someone else that I never even heard of. Is this how debt collectors work for real? I guarantee this man will spend some time in hell for treating people this way and then there's a little something called Kharma. It must stink to be him!
they got me for pver 400 before i fgured ot out
I was also scammed by these people but i closed my account. I also called and spoke to Drew Adams i told him i found out they where scamming people of he course denied it. But yes it is true they call saying you owe payday loans please do not be afraid of these people they are true scam artist.
Agreed. Do not let them take your money. I sadly paid them a "settlement". Should have had more information available on the internet previously, but there was nothing. Now, there are a ton of notes!
Danbarr Verde & Associates has been sued at least 3 times for violations of the FDCPA!
Definitely follow through with the recommendation of contacting the FTC. So far, there has been at least 4 separate cases filed in federal court against this agency, and the representatives of the law firm continue to ignore the papers filed.
There are appropriate measures the debt collector must follow in order to even attempt to collect or garnish your wages. That includes obtaining a court order--it's evident they can't even show up in court to fight their own battles.
A FDCPA attorney may be of some use as well.
This number is linked to a law firm out of California who goes by the name Danbarr Verde & Associates. They currently have a few addresses, but the most recent listing is from Corona, CA.
Drew Adams, John Russo, Nick Stevens, and a "Mike" claimed they represent this law firm and were all involved in an attempt to collect a debt and threatened to pursuit legal charges. The initial threat was received from a "process server" who was calling to arrange a time to serve a "summons". Terrified, I found that it would be only appropriate to identify where this debt originated and to try and gain a better understanding by obtaining a phone number to call. I was provided 1-855-866-3328 and to reference a case number to the individual who answered the phone.
After bringing this all to the attention of our state attorney general's office AND a local attorney who specializes in suing debt collectors for violating the FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), let it be known that the above named individuals have all been served papers by other parties who also attempted to sue this "law firm" and never bothered to answer the complaints served on them.
Funny how they are able to threaten to have a summons served and yet refuse to answer lawsuits being brought against them. I wonder just how much they have a leg to stand on.
FTC just sued a large group of collection agencies located in the city of Corona, alleging numerous violations of debt collection laws.
If you are having any problems with illegal debt collection practices, and in particular if they are coming from a collection agency in southern California, or near Corona CA, contact FTC.
I am in NC and I have someone calling me from DVA whcich from what I understand is Danbar Verde and Associates. The number they had me call was 1-888-906-2666. They are telling me that they are collecting from an old payday loan that I had years agao. They had someone from a processor in a leagal dept call my job today to talk to someone in HR to see what the policy was to have someone served with papers here at work. They also are telling me that if I don't cooperate that they will sue me and put me in jail. I can't find anything on the web about this place and have also emailed me a form to fill out with my payment information on it. What should I do?
This same number called my house and said about the same thing..So i ask her what's my address and who got her to call and she said she don't know....Where do they do that at...
I, too, have been harrassed by this company. They called me ONCE at home, then immediately called my employer and told them I was going to be EMBARRASSED if I didn't immediately contact them at the 855 #. When I got home I had a call from a Michelle Stevens...the time on the message was about 5 minutes before I received a call at work. I was so scared that I made payment arrangements and have been paying ever since. You cannot contact them...and when I called John Russo said he was confused, he only gets these calls AFTER someone has been served. In reading all these posts, I have been duped!!! I am angry! I am still paying them..
Info I found on another site
Extortion Scam Related to Delinquent Payday Loans
Washington, D.C. December 07, 2010
FBI National Press Office(202) 324-3691
The Internet Crime Complaint Center has received many complaints from victims of payday loan telephone collection scams. Callers claim the victim is delinquent in a payday loan and must repay the loan to avoid legal consequences. The callers purport to be representatives of the FBI, Federal Legislative Department, various law firms, or other legitimate-sounding agencies. They claim to be collecting debts for companies such as United Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Advance, U.S. Cash Net, and other Internet check-cashing services.
According to complaints received from the public, the callers have accurate data about victims, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, employer information, bank account numbers, and the names and telephone numbers of relatives and friends. How the fraudsters obtained the personal information varies, but in some cases victims have reported they completed online applications for other loans or credit cards before the calls started.
The fraudsters relentlessly call the victim?s home, cell phone, and place of employment. They refuse to provide any details about the alleged payday loans and become abusive when questioned. The callers have threatened victims with legal actions, arrests, and, in some cases, physical violence if they do not pay. In many cases, the callers harass victims? relatives, friends, and employers.
Some fraudsters have instructed victims to fax a statement agreeing to pay a certain amount, on a specific date, via a pre-paid Visa card. The statement further declares the victim will never dispute the debt.
If you receive these calls, do not follow the caller?s instructions. Rather, you should:
?Notify your banking institutions.
?Contact the three major credit bureaus and request an alert be put on your file.
?Contact your local law enforcement agencies if you feel you are in immediate danger.
?File a complaint at www.IC3.gov.
Tips to avoid becoming a victim of this scam:
?Never give your Social Security number?or personal information of any kind?over the telephone or online unless you initiate the contact.
?Be suspicious of any e-mail with urgent requests for personal financial information. The e-mail may include upsetting or exciting but false statements to get you to react immediately.
?Avoid filling out forms in e-mail messages that request personal information.
?Ensure that your browser is up-to-date and security patches have been applied.
?Check your bank, credit, and debit card statements regularly to make sure that there are no unauthorized transactions. If anything looks suspicious, contact your bank and all card issuers.
?When you contact companies, use numbers provided on the back of cards or
This number came up on my caller id, but this Rick Allen left another number. That number was 888-918-9666. I called it back at 8:00 AM Eastern time onTuesday. When answered it had a prerecorded message saying our company isn't open right now, please call back. The message isn't exact, but about what I remember. The message I received on my answering machine said he was Rick Allen and he has left several messages and that I need to call today (sounded extremely rude and demanding). First of all it was the first time I received a message from him, the number he gave for a call back, and the number on my caller id. He did not leave the company name or what he was calling about. The number he gave on my answering machine was 888-918-9666 and the number that came up on my caller id was 855-866-3328. I believe these people should be stopped from harrassing the public. How do we stop the harrassing calls? I expect to get more of these after googling the number and seeing what other people have said.
It appears Norco might be Mike Jones, Rick Allen, or another linked with this scam company...LOL...This was the only good comment in favor of the company. What do you all think?
I received a call from Rick Allen, the number on caller ID is 855 866 3328, but his message cut off the number he left. All he left was his name and partial number.
Got a call from "Mike Jones," he sounded stern, frustrated, as if he had called numerous times, and I had not responded. Even stated "I have called and left you numerous messages, and you have not returned my call," and that "I needed to call him back today." [you know, I'm just too damn old to be having some stranger call me and demand that I call them back! I don't have to call ANYONE back--except my mother! lol]
The phone number he said to call back to was an '888' number (I didn't write it down, as I have caller ID). Imagine my surprise when I looked at my caller ID log and the number was '855'! Having had numerous phone solicitations (even with being on Do Not Call Registry since it's inception, and updated regularly!), from phone numbers which when called back are non-working numbers, I am familiar with this type of telemarketer.
This phone number (855-866-3328), is an active number, I called back, and Chloe answered, wanting my home phone number--I figured if he was calling me, he should know my name, and she stated that she "needed my phone number, and my name wouldn't do any good, as he might have called the wrong phone number." (I have a Blocked phone number--it doesn't show up on caller ID, unless I press *82--this is a free option from the phone company).
Thank goodness, I am leery about these people who give one phone number, yet caller ID shows another and I looked online and found this site. This gave me information so that I would watch out, and not give out my phone number without being very hesitant.
Chloe told me without giving out my phone number, "you will be getting numerous phone calls."
To me, the message left, sounds as if it could be pre-recorded. I know that it doesn't necessarily sound like a pre-recorded message, however, I would guess that it is one.
Because I didn't get the Company Name (in an attempt to give as much information as possible for this site), I called back again. This time, I got "DVA Answers, corporate offices." Which turns out to be "an answering service." Again, this guy wanted my phone number. I wouldn't give it to him, and he told me that to get to the right person, he would need my number. I asked what company did "Mike Jones" work for. He said that he didn't know, they were an answering service, and if I gave him my number, the computer would give him the "routing number" so that he would know where to "direct my call."
I told him that if he worked for an "answering service" that by giving him the name "Mike Jones," should be enough information for him to take down the information. By now, the answering service guy was rather annoyed, and told me "to disregard the call."
So, that is the information that I have--I'm not giving out my phone number, in my opinion, if they called me--then by giving my name, that should be enough, to get ahold of "Mike Jones."
They scared me to death and now have my SSN because they threatened me. Please stop these people.
I got this same call from a man who said his name was Rick Allen and I need to call back today and his voice was scary and mean. So I called back after work and the first time the number just hung up and so I tried again and then a girl answered Corporate office and i said who is this for and she said we serve summons for the court. I asked to speak to Rick Allen and she said just a moment and left me on hold. She came back and said can i help you and I said what is your name and she said Chloe, I told her I received a call from him and she then asked me for my name I gave it to her and she said they had a summons for court for me, I asked what for and she said can I get your SSN so scared I gaved it to here. She said it was for something back from 2004. She told me I would have to pay them $1100.00 immediately to stop the court documents. I statred crying so scared I agreed to set up a payment plan. I agreed to call her back this morning with the number of a prepaid visa card and when I did she said now by balance is $1500.00. She said oh there must have been something else. I am scared if I don't pay they will arrest me. I am so glad I checked them out after I received the email from them with my payment plan I set up.
Same thing exactly. My caller has gone by 3 aliases and is linked to a fraudulent store front with a fake attorney's name. I too freaked ou the first time. Paid $ even. Then got wise and called my bank who is still investigating. Bank refunded my $ thank God for Google. I googled the "attorney's" name and every phone #. I saved every threatening message (sez he's coming for a home visit with paperwork and to have my driver's license ready). It's a bill I owe but these people do NOT own the debt. Per the original lender. Same thing's happening over home loans now. Just google everything. And read the FDCPA LAW¡¡ITßS EASY TO UNDERSTAND AND PROTECTS US. These people just called my elderly parents for God sakes.
This is a law firm that is trawling for business and trying to scare people into giving them money.
Here is their web site http://danbarrverde.com/home.
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This time they used the name Rick Allen and said "I must call today", no other details given except his return number stated as 888-918-9666. The 855-866.3328 was on the callerid. Needless to say they did not get a return call.
Yeah i got got a call from them a few weeks back my wife answered and they threatend her with me going to jail so she got all worked up and started crying then they got her to conform the wrong ssn for me and set up a payment plan for 3 payments of 200 and after the first payment 2 weeks later she was talking to me and call back to check the ssn and it wasnt mine so i spent 3 hour talking to a drew trying to get are money back from them sence it wasnt me they were looking for but all he kept saying was to fax a copy of my drivers licence and ssn card and they can try to sort it out but i am not sending it and now there is another 200 out of my account and im calling to check if it was them but nobody will answer at all so if anybody can help let me know soon.
is that right? funny how this 1 post out of all the rest is the only one who is thankful to this company lol
ok I know I'm getting annoying with the messages, but check this one out. I called the 888 # and the said "Corporate Offices". I asked them "Corporate Office for which company". This guy told me he wasn't sure, because they represent over 20 different companies from all over. I asked what type of companies and he just said "uuuuuhhhhh" lol followed by, "I'm sorry, I'll just take your number off of my call list"